Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established July 8 as the new effective date of the mandatory transition to the Automated Commercial Environment for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. Accordingly, as of that date the Automated Commercial System will no longer be a CBP-authorized electronic data interchange system for processing these filings. While CBP had originally intended to carry out this transition on Oct. 1, 2016, implementation was first delayed until Jan. 14, 2017, and then postponed indefinitely.

CBP has also set July 8 as the new effective date for the modifications to the National Customs Automation Program tests regarding reconciliation, post-summary corrections, and periodic monthly statements. The changes to the reconciliation test eliminate several requirements for participation in the test, impose new data requirements, and establish the requirement that reconciliation entries be filed in ACE beginning July 8, regardless of whether the underlying entry was filed in ACS or ACE.

The modifications to the PSC test, meanwhile, eliminate some requirements and liberalize certain requirements needed for the filing of a PSC, making it easier for importers to file a PSC for additional entry types and allowing for additional time to make a deposit for duties, fees, and taxes owed.

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