U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Sept. 7 that the mandatory transition of the following post-release capabilities to the Automated Commercial Environment has been postponed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 29.

- liquidation

- drawback

- reconciliation

- duty deferral

- collections

- statements

- automated surety interface

CBP states that all capabilities included in the Oct. 29 transition that are planned for but not yet deployed to the certification environment will be operational in CERT, and all known prioritized issues will be resolved, no later than Sept. 30.

Further, CBP will stand up an operations center to ensure the quick resolution of any issues that may arise following the Oct. 29 deployment. Trade users will continue to contact their assigned client representative as the first point of contact, and client representatives will escalate trade issues as needed to the operations center. Additional information on support during the transition will be published prior to Oct. 29.

CBP adds that while it has implemented the capability for most partner government agency data to be filed electronically in ACE, trade users may continue to file a combination of CBP electronic data and PGA paper forms where that is currently permitted. 

- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Lacey Act), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and (as of Sept. 20) National Marine Fisheries Service data is required to be filed electronically in ACE

- for PGA data that is not required to be filed electronically in ACE, filers may file using options currently specified as available for those PGAs

- CBP will continue to coordinate and communicate as required the conclusion of PGA pilots via public notices

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