Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued an official notice stating that as of Sept. 16 the Automated Commercial Environment will be the sole CBP-authorized electronic data interchange system for processing electronic duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. CBP states that the transition for processing electronic drawback filings will be announced at a later date.

Also as of Sept. 16 CBP is taking the following actions with respect to its ongoing test of submitting electronic foreign-trade zone admission applications.

- transitioning the test from the Automated Commercial System to ACE (filers not participating in this test will continue to submit applications on paper)

- extending the test until a decision is reached to implement the program on a permanent basis and/or conclude the test

- clarifying that electronic FTZ admission applications must include the zone ID and, when applicable, the steel import license number and the Kimberley process certificate number

Finally, CBP has announced that the importer security filing transition from ACS to ACE will be included in the Sept. 16 deployment of ACE capabilities. More information will be available the week of Aug. 21.

These changes are part of CBP’s three-stage plan to deploy all remaining post-release capabilities in ACE.

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