U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun migrating Importer Trade Activity data to ACE reports, which will make this data available on demand to all trade members with active ACE portal accounts. This shift is the first step in a three-part initiative aimed at providing the trade community with the most up-to-date trade data in a timely manner. Regular monitoring of this data can be a useful tool in improving trade compliance efforts.
Tom Gould, senior director, customs and international trade, for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, states that CBP recently posted a new ITRAC workspace to the ACE reports tool that includes the following reports: bond details, cargo release details, entry summary header, entry summary line details, entry summary line tariff details, reconciliation header, and reconciliation details. Importers can run these reports for any time period and filter them by entry type, port, importer number, filer code, country of origin, HTSUS number, and reconciliation status.
CBP states that ITRAC data will be migrated to the ACE portal during the summer, providing users time to familiarize themselves with running ITRAC reports in the ACE portal. During this time users may continue to use existing processes for requesting ITRAC reports via CDs.
At the end of the full transition to ACE in fall/winter 2019, existing ITRAC reporting processes will be retired. Users will no longer have to pay $250+ or wait three to six weeks to access ITRAC data, which they will instead be able to access on demand and for free in the ACE portal.
The transition will also make some data easier to find, Gould says. For example, the SENSE_US table on the ITRAC disk contains line item details from entry summaries but only includes codes for certain information (country, manufacturer identification, filer, etc.), with the rest of the data associated with each code contained in separate tables. With the new ACE reports, Gould says, the codes and the associated data will be repeated on every line in the report. In addition, users will be able to add or remove codes, descriptions, and other data from the new ACE report.
CBP notes that throughout this process Importer Self-Assessment participants will be able to continue to use the CTPAT portal for ITRAC reports.
In the coming months CBP will provide additional details on this transition as well as future components of the initiative, which will include enhancing ACE reports processing speeds and data retrieval capabilities and providing new data universes in ACE reports.
For more information on how ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts, please contact Tom Gould at (213) 453-0897.
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