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. CBP notes that the updated schedule set forth below is subject to change.

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

Automated Surety Interface. CBP still anticipates deploying in September functionality that will provide additional cargo release and entry summary information in real time to sureties and surety agents via the bond status message when a predefined event occurs.

Bonds. July remains the target date for deploying functionality that will automate the analytical formula for importer/broker continuous bonds and allow for the addition of importer-specific risk factors into that formula to more accurately calculate continuous bond amounts. CBP has also newly announced plans to deploy at some future date (following the issuance of final regulations) functionality that will reduce the risk of uncollected antidumping and countervailing duties.

Broker Management. CBP has still not set a specific date for transitioning all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers and had been slated for Aug. 20.

Craft Beverages. CBP has added to its deployment schedule for this fall functionality reflecting the Craft Beverage Modernization Act that will (1) reduce rates or credits on 92 HTSUS Chapter 22 numbers and (2) include the ability to compute and validate the tax amount, view/edit tax data on entry summaries via the ACE portal, and make data available for data warehouse reporting.

Foreign-Trade Zones. Improvements to better facilitate the e214 online FTZ admission process and eliminate older, inefficient processes, which had been planned for June 2020, have been postponed indefinitely.

FWS Message Set. CBP still plans to implement in June functionality enabling trade users to submit data required by the Fish and Wildlife Service for foreign fish, wildlife, and plants directly to CBP via the FWS message set.

Health Certificates. New ACE functionality is planned to automate the process for submitting phytosanitary and veterinary health certificates issued by national plant protection organizations, but no date has yet been established.

Manifests. A new user interface was made available for filing truck manifests on March 2 but the current UI will remain available until June 22 (pushed back from April 29), after which only the new UI will be available for filing truck manifests in the ACE portal. CBP notes that account data stored in the legacy UI (including crew, commercial parties, and vehicles and conveyances) was transferred to the new UI on Feb. 29 but that no further account data migration will occur. As a result, going forward users should ensure that all account information is entered in the new UI.

CBP also notes that by May 15 it plans to deploy functionality for split bills and equipment search criteria for the new UI.

In addition, CBP plans to release at an as-yet-unspecified date an enhancement that will allow trade members to manage their own vessel manifest confidentiality requests via an online process.

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