Background

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 Dashboard. CBP has added for this fall a new ACE availability dashboard that will provide the trade community with faster and expanded information on system applications.

ACE Portal. Modernization of the legacy ACE portal components into a new user interface to include accounts and the supporting applications that remain in portal for entry processing remains scheduled for January 2022.

Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level has been moved from winter 2022 to August 2022.

Brokers. Broker license application, permit application, and annual permit user fee interfaces to ACE remain planned for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. 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 in June 2020.

Collections. Now planned for Oct. 16 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.

Forms. Functionality now scheduled for April 2022 will migrate CBP forms 28, 29, and 4647 from legacy ACE to the new ACE framework.

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 fish, wildlife, and plants. However, the FWS is still in the process of formulating regulations requiring the utilization of ACE to submit import data for FWS-regulated commodities and therefore does not have an expected date for enforcement of mandatory submission in ACE.

Global Business Identifier. 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, is still anticipated in spring 2022.

Manifests. CBP has further delayed from May to July 2022 Phase 2 and 3 enhancements to complete modernization of the ACE truck manifest.

Tuna. CBP deployed in June the automation of the manual process related to the annual splitting of prorated tuna tariff-rate quota opening moment entries.

USMCA. CBP has delayed until fall 2021 deployment of a new indicator that filers will use to indicate 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.

Vehicle exports. CBP has postponed indefinitely the deployment date of functionality enabling it to access all information on exported vehicles from one data query in the Automated Export System.

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