U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added some functionality to its Automated Commercial Environment deployment schedule, delayed the deployment of some other functions, and confirmed the deployment of still others.
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. Fall 2021 remains the anticipated date for modernizing the legacy ACE portal components into a new user interface to include accounts and the supporting applications that remain in portal for entry processing.
APHIS Message Set. As of March 15 the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is fully enforcing the APHIS core message set in ACE by raising the severity flag from “warning” to “reject.” Users are now required to submit message set data for regulated products like plants, plant products, animal products, and live dog imports or their entry will reject.
Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level is still planned for winter 2022.
Brokers. CBP plans to develop three capabilities in fiscal years 2022 and 2023, including license applications, permit applications, and annual permit user fees. CBP is still awaiting the issuance of final regulations to transition all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers. Proposed regulations were issued June 5.
Collections. Functionality that will provide a consolidated billing period with each user’s deferred tax entries listed, as well as an additional payment option for trade users to pay their consolidated deferred tax bill, remains planned for May 1.
Still planned for October is an enhancement of bill management workflow, including bill receivable creation, vendor interface for creation, and distribution of bills to importers. This release will also move liquidation bills to ACE and improve the accuracy of importer bills. This deployment will be followed in March 2022 by an enhancement to the debt management workflow and automation of manual processing and reporting.
Craft Beverages. Functionality to facilitate the filing of Craft Beverage Modernization Act claims was deployed April 6. Filers are now required to transmit seven data elements in ACE for CBMA claims at entry or for a post-summary correction using the Automated Broker Interface. ACE will validate tax amounts for CBMA claims and users will be able to review these data elements in ACE reports.
Foreign-Trade Zones. The availability of an expanded zone ID remains on track for April 25.
Forms. Functionality still planned for deployment in spring 2022 will migrate CBP forms 28, 29, and 4647 from legacy ACE to the new ACE framework to become the successor of the current ACE validation activity module.
FWS Message Set. All filers currently have the option to file in ACE data required by the Fish and Wildlife Service for imports and exports of foreign fish, wildlife, and plants. The FWS has yet to publish a notice making use of the FWS message set mandatory.
Global Business Identifier. CBP has postponed to spring 2022 an enhancement to replace the manufacturing identification code, producing a unique identifier that captures complete shipper/seller and manufacturer information and eliminating duplicate MIDs and multiple companies being assigned the same MID.
Manifests. Fall 2021 remains the anticipated date for phase 2 and 3 enhancements to complete modernization of the ACE truck manifest.
Tuna. CBP remains on schedule to deploy June 21 the automation of the manual process related to the annual splitting of prorated tuna tariff-rate quota opening moment entries.
USMCA. On March 13 CBP deployed changes to ACE that further align drawback processing with requirements in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. A new USMCA indicator is now available for trade users to signal when USMCA is being claimed on a drawback (entry type 47) submission.
Vehicle exports. Fall 2021 remains the anticipated timeline for deploying functionality enabling CBP to access all information on exported vehicles from one data query in the Automated Export System.
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