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

ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts. For more information, please contact attorney Lenny Feldman via email or at (305) 894-1011.

ACE Portal. A newly-added update scheduled for April 13 will migrate all ACE portal periodic monthly statement features to the modernized ACE portal, including the ability to designate participants, activate participants, and schedule upcoming statements.

CBP announced March 14 that it has deployed the following updates in the modernized ACE portal: foreign-trade zone search updates for facility operator accounts, air carrier account search/filter/display enhancement, and surety account search/filter/display enhancement.

Aluminum. There is no current deployment date for updates to the entry summary user interface create/edit for non-ABI entries related to an increase in the Section 232 tariffs on imports of aluminum from Russia.

Bills 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, remains on hold.

De Minimis Shipments. CBP has announced plans to deploy April 13 functionality to enforce the requirement to file entry type 86 (for low-value shipments) before or upon arrival of the associated cargo. CBP states that if an entry type 86 is filed after the cargo has arrived the entry will be rejected and the cargo will be held until a different and appropriate entry is made.

July is still the target date for an enhancement automating the enforcement of Section 321 requirements regarding de minimis shipments. This functionality will provide a validation in ACE to ensure that an appropriate party does not receive Section 321 clearance for more than an aggregated value of $800 in shipments on a given day.

DIS Submissions. An enhancement providing CBP with the ability to respond to filers who provide their Document Image System submissions via email has been scheduled for April 27.

Another enhancement enabling the DIS to accept vehicle export documents via electronic data interchange has been pushed back from May to July.

CBP has delayed again, from April 1 to October 1, plans to disable the option to submit form 1302A (cargo declaration – outward with commercial forms) in the DIS for outward vessels. Once this is done such forms will have to be submitted on paper or via ACE Export Manifest. CBP attributed this delay to increased trade participation in the electronic export manifest pilot and said trade participants currently programming and testing should work toward transitioning to submitting 100 percent EEM prior to Oct. 1.

Drawback. CBP has yet to provide an updated schedule for implementing 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.

Export Manifests. CBP still plans to roll out in June an enhancement enabling the integration of the electronic export manifest application and the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System, eliminating the need to access multiple applications to view data and electronically notify exporters.

In-bonds. An enhancement improving the air in-bond process by enabling the Automated Export System to link in-bonds with ACE Multi-Modal Manifest, which will accept new messages from AES that will perform in-bond arrival/export/cancel requests for air carriers, is still planned for December.

CBP has added to its deployment schedule, but has not specified a date for, an enhancement that will enforce the requirement to provide the FIRMS (Facilities Information and Resource Management System) code when arriving an in-bond for non-air modes of transportation.

Reconciliation. CBP has newly scheduled for May 14 an enhancement that will add four event types to help track changes in the status of reconciliation flags on applicable entry summaries.

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