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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. Click here to view ST&R’s on-demand webinar on this topic. For additional information, please contact attorney Lenny Feldman via email or at (305) 894-1011.

ACE Portal. Modernization of the legacy ACE portal components into a new user interface has now been scheduled for Jan. 22.

Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level is still planned for August 2022.

Brokers. Broker license application, permit application, and annual permit user fee interfaces to ACE remain planned for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. CBP is still awaiting the issuance of final regulations to transition all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers, but has pushed back to summer 2022 when it anticipates this to take place. Proposed regulations were issued in June 2020.

Collections. Functionality that will enhance the debt management workflow, automate manual processing and reporting, and manage and track debt collections has been scheduled for March 19. Functionality to enhance the refunds management workflow and provide the ability to search, create, approve, and certify refunds has been added and scheduled for August 2022.

Forms. Functionality still scheduled for April 2022 will migrate CBP forms 28, 29, and 4647 from legacy ACE to the new ACE framework.

Global Business Identifier. A test scheduled for April 2022 will evaluate three global entity identifier numbers and may use one or more to ultimately replace the manufacturing identification code, streamline customs data collection, and improve visibility into the supply chain.

Manifests. July 2022 remains the anticipated date for Phase 2 and 3 enhancements to complete modernization of the ACE truck manifest.

Quota certificates. An enhancement now planned for June 2022 for quota certificates will provide decrementation, additional validations, and query capabilities.

USMCA. CBP has yet to provide an updated schedule for 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.

Vessel agents. CBP has pushed back to spring 2022 functionality that will allow vessel masters/agents/carriers to log into the ACE portal to launch the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System.

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