U.S. Customs and Border Protection has updated its schedule for deploying additional functionality to the Automated Commercial Environment.

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

ACE Portal. CBP completed the migration of blanket declaration functionality from the legacy ACE portal to the modernized ACE portal as of Dec. 9. Authorized users may therefore no longer use the legacy ACE portal to create, manage, and view declarations.

ACE Reports. An upgrade from business objects version 4.2 to 4.3 that will entail changes to the user interface and enhanced security features is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Air Transactions. An enhancement updating the release process for non-express, entry type 86 transmissions in the air environment – in which, following review, ACE cargo release will send the 1C release message when a flight is arrived in the manifest system – remains scheduled for Jan. 27.

Aluminum. In connection with an increase in the Section 232 tariffs on imports of aluminum from Russia, updates to the entry summary user interface create/edit for non-ABI entries remain on track for this winter.

Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level, which will also provide a new user interface for container freight station operators to view information as released at the lowest shipment level, remains on hold.

Broker Fees. CBP began accepting online submissions of the 2024 triennial status report and broker permit annual user fee via the eCBP portal as of Dec. 18.

De Minimis Shipments. CBP still intends to automate enforcement of Section 321 requirements (regarding de minimis shipments) this coming October. This functionality will provide a validation in ACE to ensure that an appropriate party does not receive Section 321 clearance for more than an aggregated value of $800 in shipments on a given day.

DIS Submissions. A new enhancement providing CBP with the capability to respond to filers who provide their Document Image System submissions via email is still scheduled for March 26.

Another enhancement enabling the DIS to accept vehicle export documents via electronic data interchange remains on track for May.

April 1 remains the expected date for disabling the option to submit form 1302A (cargo declaration – outward with commercial forms) in the DIS for outward vessels. Once this is done such forms will have to be submitted on paper or via ACE Export Manifest.

Drawback. CBP still has yet to provide an updated schedule for implementing a new indicator that filers will use to show if they are submitting a substitution claim or a direct identification claim for drawback provisions 56 and 70 under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Forced Labor. Still anticipated for Jan. 27 is the deployment of an enhancement that will automate the completion and issuance of CBP form 6051D and attachment 2B for detentions of cargo filed in ACE, including those related to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. This enhancement will also enable trade users to upload documentation in the ACE forms application and submit for CBP review.

In-Bonds. An enhancement improving the air in-bond process by allowing the Automated Export System to link in-bonds with ACE multi-modal manifest is still planned for this December.

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