U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added some functionality to its Automated Commercial Environment deployment schedule and has also delayed the deployment of some other functions. 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.

Section 321 Shipments. CBP still plans to automate data collection on shipments under section 321 (which allows up to $800 worth of goods to be imported free of duty and tax by one person on one day) as of Sept. 28. The development of an entry type 86 for ABI submission of section 321 shipments is expected to give CBP greater visibility into low-value shipments, provide partner government agencies with required data on such shipments, and allow filers to transmit transaction data (e.g., manufacturer, importer, and consignee information) via ABI and receive electronic release messages from CBP for such shipments.

AD/CV Redesign. CBP has pushed back from Sept. 14 to Oct. 5 the deployment of functionality that will enhance the antidumping/countervailing duty order case management user interface and provide for streamlined input and searchability. Among other things, search results will include company history and third-country case information.

Broker Management. CBP is planning to streamline the employee reporting process for customs brokers, enhance messaging to the field broker management officers, and automate the generation of broker licenses and permits in ACE as of Sept. 28. CBP has also targeted August 2020 for transitioning all brokers to a single national permit, which will eliminate multiple district permits and waivers.

Collections. Release 1, focusing on the back end processing of automated clearinghouse debit/credit transactions, is now scheduled to be deployed Sept. 7.

Mass Processing. Enhancements to the mass liquidation functionality and a new mass update capability for post-release activity are newly scheduled to be deployed Nov. 23.

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