U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made available the first version of a document aimed at helping the trade community transition to cargo release processing in the Automated Commercial Environment, which will become mandatory as of Nov. 1. Each chapter of this document includes information on (1) existing processes utilizing the Automated Commercial System and/or paper forms (in the case of entry summary processing, current ACE entry summary processes are also defined), (2) the steps needed to transition to a fully automated environment from a paper-dependent one (some interim processes for continuation of submission of paper forms and legacy processes for both CBP and partner government agencies are included), and (3) the end-state processing in a fully automated environment.

Additionally, this document is divided into CBP processes only and PGA processes. The PGA processes are divided into chapters with general system processing information for PGAs followed by specific chapters for each PGA, with information on their participation and expectations form by form (or process).

CBP states that this document is a work in progress and will be updated to reflect the development of additional CBP and PGA processes, the new and modified procedures that will be generated by PGA processing pilots expected in July, and information and questions provided by end users.

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