U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently posted on its website the following tentative schedule for deployment of additional functionality within the Automated Commercial Environment (click here for more information on these developments).

- Feb. 9, 2019: create unique identifiers for Centers of Excellence and Expertise to be added to all post-release work flow in ACE

- Feb. 9, 2019: automate and modernize the CBP Form 5106 (importer identification input record) input process via electronic data interchange and the ACE secure data portal

- March 2019: mandatory updates related to the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (postponed from December 2018)

- July 2019: add phone numbers and email addresses as optional data elements on the manifest for all modes of transportation

- August 2019: provide greater visibility into Section 321 low-value shipments (entry type 86)

- June 2020: incorporate partner government agency requirements into the e214 foreign-trade zone admission process

- August 2020: transition all brokers to a single national permit and eliminate multiple district permits and waivers (postponed from August 2019)

CBP notes that it has removed several deployments from this schedule, including electronic vessel manifest confidentiality, vessel agent account type, and non-intrusive inspection program.

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