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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.

In addition, Trade Data Exchange LLC offers online tools that utilize ACE data and reports to produce charts, graphs, and analytics that offer meaningful and valuable information and insights critical to cost savings and compliance. Click here for a demo, or contact Anu Gavini at agavini@tradedataex.com for more information.

ACE Portal. The second phase of the legacy ACE portal modernization has been pushed back from Aug. 27 to September or October. This phase will transition additional capabilities to the modernized portal, including an updated references tab, document upload and management, and blanket declarations. The third phase, which is now slated for November, will transition user access management, statement functionality, and arriving/exporting in-bonds to the modernized portal.

Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level remains scheduled for this winter.

Brokers. CBP has delayed from Aug. 27 to October the deployment of updates that will (1) transition all brokers to a single national permit, (2) enhance the process for trade users to communicate broker and permit information to CBP, and (3) enable CBP to see information provided by trade users and manage broker administration compliance at the national level.

This deployment depends on the issuance of a related final rule; proposed regulations were issued in June 2020.

Collections. Functionality to enhance the refunds management workflow and provide the ability to search, create, approve, and certify refunds remains scheduled for Aug. 27. 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 remains scheduled for fall 2023.

Currency Exchange. Functionality providing clear, concise daily currency information for all users to follow during entry processing is scheduled for spring 2023.

Global Business Identifier. A test to evaluate three global entity identifier numbers that may be used to ultimately replace the manufacturing identification code, streamline customs data collection, and improve visibility into the supply chain has been delayed from this summer to this fall.

Quota certificates. An enhancement for quota certificates that will implement additional validations that verify authorized use of quota certificates and enable import and export country users to query certificate usage has been pushed back from Aug. 27 to Sept. 24.

USMCA. CBP 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.

Vessel agents. CBP plans to deploy this fall functionality that will implement the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System, which will allow vessel masters, operators, and agents to submit certain vessel entry and clearance data and requests to CBP electronically instead of on paper.

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