Background

Due to continued concerns about stakeholder readiness for the next step in the transition from the Automated Commercial System to the Automated Commercial Environment, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has modified its schedule for the mandatory use of ACE for electronic entry and entry summary filing. CBP has generally pushed back mandatory ACE one to three months for affected entries and entry summaries and delayed it until further notice for Food and Drug Administration filings. However, as of Feb. 28 CBP will start discouraging the use of ACS through measures such as offering limited client representative and technology service desk support for ACS entry/entry summary types available in ACE and providing processing priority to ACE entries when corresponding ACS entries are still available.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg will conduct a webinar Feb. 17 to help filers understand the transition to ACE and these most recent changes. Click here for more information or to register.

March

As of March 31 (moved back from Feb. 28) ACS will no longer be available and ACE must be used for the following transactions.

  • electronic entry summaries associated with the following entry types with no participating government agency data: 01 (consumption), 03 (consumption – antidumping/countervailing duty), 11 (informal), 23 (temporary importation under bond), 51 (Defense Contract Administration Service Region) and 52 (government – dutiable) 
  • electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries associated with the above entry types with Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (for Lacey Act transactions) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, unless paired with other PGA data

May

As of May 28, ACS will no longer be available and ACE must be used for the following transactions.

  • electronic entries (in addition to entry summaries) associated with the above entry types with no PGA data
  • electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries for entry type 06 (consumption – foreign-trade zone) with no PGA data

Food and Drug Administration filings will continue to be allowed in ACS until further notice to provide more time for industry to transition to ACE.

Summer

As of an as-yet unspecified date this summer, filers will be required to file in ACE and no longer permitted to file in ACS electronic entries and entry summaries associated with the following entry types with no PGA data (except for APHIS Lacey Act or NHTSA).

  • entry types 02 (consumption – quota/visa), 07 (consumption AD/CV duty and quota/visa combination), 12 (informal – quota/visa (other than textiles)), 21 (warehouse) and 22 (re-warehouse) - entry summary types 02 (consumption – quota/visa), 07 (consumption – AD/CV duty and quota/visa combination), 11 (informal), 12 (informal – quota/visa (other than textiles)), 21 (warehouse), 22 (re-warehouse), 31 (warehouse withdrawal – consumption), 32 (warehouse withdrawal – quota), 34 (warehouse withdrawal – AD/CV duty) and 38 (warehouse withdrawal AD/CV duty and quota/visa combination)

Throughout the summer the following agencies will provide functionality for filing electronically in ACE if they have not already done so: Agricultural Marketing Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; remaining APHIS data (APHIS core); Centers for Disease Control; Defense Contract Management Agency; Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; Drug Enforcement Administration Enforcement and Compliance Commission; Environmental Protection Agency; Fish and Wildlife Service; Food Safety and Inspection Service; National Marine Fisheries Service; and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Tariff Bureau.

For more information, please contact Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011 or Tom Gould at (213) 453-0897.

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