U.S. Customs and Border Protection is continuing to deploy new functionality within the Automated Commercial Environment, which will become mandatory for electronic entries and related entry summaries as of Nov. 1. Below is a description of those capabilities that were to be delivered June 27 as well as those that will operate in parallel with legacy ACE for the next four weeks and not become available to users until later July. CBP states that this strategy will allow it to conduct end-to-end testing and further performance testing at production level volumes prior to migrating these capabilities to the new ACE platform.

Mail, passenger (hand-carried) and pipeline entries. Beginning June 27, ACE will process entries from the mail, passenger and pipeline modes of transportation, types 50, 60 and 70, respectively.

Quota validations. Until Nov. 1, 2015, entries that are subject to quota must be filed in the Automated Commercial System. Effective June 27, a new system validation will automatically reject ACE cargo release entries that are subject to quota and entered without the correct entry type.

CBP notes that it is working to ensure that quota continues to be processed fairly, timely and consistently for all filers in both ACS and ACE ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline. To that end, the deployment of entry types on which quota merchandise may be filed will occur in conjunction with the Oct. 31 deployment of ACE functionality and includes entry types 02, 06, 07, 12, 21, 22, 23, 31, 32, 34 and 38.

Exporter accounts and trade export reports. Beginning June 27 the ACE Secure Data Portal will support a new account type, “exporter”, for trade users. Establishing an exporter account will facilitate access to ACE trade export reports that include export commodity data (current year and five years of historical data). An exporter account will be required to access the ACE AESDirect filing portal once it is available later this year.

PGA pilot rollout. Scheduled to begin in mid-July, CBP and participating government agencies will conduct a series of pilots on the new PGA capabilities in ACE. All ports will be brought into the pilots in a phased approach.

RLF for ACE entry summaries certified for ACE cargo release. Effective July 25, remote location filing will be available for filers who submit ACE entry summaries certified for ACE cargo release. When ACE entry summary RLF transactions that are certified for ACE cargo release are filed, and a response message requiring invoice information is received, the response must be submitted to CBP via the Document Image System in lieu of the Automated Invoice Interface filing method used today in support of ACS RLF submissions. Filing RLF transactions that are certified for ACE cargo release will allow filers to file single transaction bonds electronically via ACE eBond.

Single pay option for ACE entry summaries. Currently, when an entry summary is submitted it must be paid on statement, and CBP has had a validation in place that rejects an entry summary being paid outside of a statement. Effective July 25 CBP will eliminate this restriction, meaning that the trade will no longer have to perform workarounds for single pay for ACE entry summaries. Instead the trade will be able to select “single pay” or “statements” as options for the pay basis for ACE summaries.

Refactored entry summary types 01, 03 and 11. The way ACE processes these entry summary types will be updated or refactored effective July 25. Although this transition should be seamless for filers, CBP encourages certification testing prior to July 25 to identify and correct potential issues caused by this change.

Entry type 52, entry summary types 51 & 52. On July 25, entry type 52 (government – dutiable) and entry summary types 51 (Defense Contract Administration Service Region) and 52 will be available for filing and processing in ACE.

Certification testing. On May 20, much of the code needed for the Nov. 1 deadline was deployed to the certification environment for testing by all filers. CBP strongly recommends that filers work with their client representatives to test new and existing entry and entry summary capabilities (including entry/entry summary types 01, 03 and 11) via the certification environment to ensure they are ready well in advance of Nov. 1.

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