U.S. Customs and Border Protection has updated its schedule for deploying additional functionality to the Automated Commercial Environment.

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ACE Portal. Reference tab updates, edit functionality for account data for all account types, user access management, blanket declarations, and document upload/management functionality for facilities and foreign-trade zones are still expected between now and this summer. The final phase, still anticipated between March and June, will transition additional capabilities such as statements, change history, conveyance template uploads, and vessel agent – new account type.

Aluminum. CBP intends to begin collecting in ACE on April 10 five new data elements regarding where aluminum is smelt or cast in connection with an increase in the Section 232 tariffs on imports of aluminum from Russia to 200 percent. Enhancements to mass processing of such entries are anticipated May 23, and updates to the entry summary user interface create/edit for non-ABI entries has been added for August.

Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level, which will also provide a new user interface for container freight station operators to view information as released at the lowest shipment level, is still on track for June 4.

Collections. Functionality automating the budget clearing account process, enabling improved reconciliation of open receivables, integrating the port collections process into ACE collections, and enabling the entry lifecycle to be contained in one system is now scheduled to be deployed Oct. 14.

Currency Exchange. Functionality providing clear, concise daily exchange rates to use in converting invoice values to U.S. dollar value for entry summary and other purposes has been pushed back to May.

Drawback. The mass liquidation of drawback entries/claims (entry type 47) has now been scheduled for May 23.

CBP still has yet to provide an updated schedule for a new indicator that filers will use to show if they are submitting a substitution claim or a direct identification claim for drawback provisions 56 and 70 under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Entry Summary. Still planned for Oct. 14 is the deployment of entry summary query updates that will incorporate data elements from collections and move the query from legacy ACE to new ACE.

HTS. Migration of remaining Harmonized Tariff Schedule administrative user interface, HTS query, and data conversion is still anticipated May 16.

Immediate Delivery. An enhancement that will allow filers to transmit an ID request on an entry and will populate the data in ACE Cargo Release and Entry Summary remains on track for this September.

SEACATS. Transition of the Automated Surety Interface Seized Assets and Case Tracking System from ACS to ACE is now set for May 6.

Truck Manifests. An enhancement allowing ACE Truck Manifest to infer class of admission based on travel documents that the primary inspection process returns for all crew members and passengers present in the conveyance at the crossing is now anticipated in July.

CBP has also added an enhancement (slated for August) that includes the development and integration of additional non-intrusive inspection capabilities, including artificial intelligence/machine learning models for ACE truck manifest modernization.

UFLPA. A new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act region alert was deployed March 18. This alert added three validations to be performed when the country of origin is China for entry and for manufacturer identification code creation for both trade and CBP users: (1) postal code is a required field, (2) users will receive an error message if the postal code provided is not a valid Chinese postal code, and (3) users will receive a warning message when a Uyghur region postal code has been provided.

In addition, CBP still plans to deploy in May an enhancement that will created an automated process for admissibility reviews and exception requests for UFLPA detentions. This will include automating the completion and issuance of the CBP form 6051D and attachment 2B as well as a public site to which the trade can upload documentation and submit for CBP review and from which CBP can track, review, and determine final dispositions.

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