Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting through March 23 comments on the proposed extension of the Application to Use the Automated Commercial Environment.

Currently, ACE is used for imported merchandise by brokers, carriers, sureties, service providers, facility operators, foreign-trade zone operators, cart men and lighter men. To establish an ACE Portal account, participants submit information such as their name, their employer identification number or social security number, and, if applicable, a statement certifying their capability to connect to the Internet.

CBP is proposing to add export functionality to ACE, which will allow participation from the exporter community. Trade members wishing to establish an exporter account will need to submit company information (EIN, DUNS (optional), company name, company address, end of fiscal year), ACE export account owner information (name, date of birth, telephone number, fax number (optional), email and address (if different from company address)), and filing notification point of contact (name, phone number and email).

There are no proposed changes to the existing ACE Portal application for imported merchandise.

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