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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. For more information, please contact attorney Lenny Feldman via email or at (305) 894-1011.

In addition, Trade Data Exchange LLC offers online tools that utilize ACE data and reports to produce charts, graphs, and analytics that offer meaningful and valuable information and insights critical to cost savings and compliance. Click here for a demo, or contact Anu Gavini at agavini@tradedataex.com for more information.

ACE Portal. The second phase of the legacy ACE portal modernization, now scheduled for this summer, will transition additional capabilities to the modernized portal, including an updated references tab, document upload and management, create and edit functionality for all accounts and supporting data, blanket declarations, and broker modernization functionality (depending on when a final rule is published). The third phase, still scheduled for September, will transition user access management, statement functionality, and arriving/exporting in-bonds to the modernized portal.

Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level is now planned for Aug. 27.

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 make enhancements that will (1) transition all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers, and (2) enable CBP to manage broker administration compliance at the national level, though both are still anticipated to take place this summer. Proposed regulations were issued in June 2020.

Collections. Functionality to enhance the refunds management workflow and provide the ability to search, create, approve, and certify refunds has been moved up to Aug. 27. Functionality automating the budget clearing account process, enabling improved reconciliation of open receivables, integrating the port collections process into ACE collections, and enabling the entry lifecycle to be contained in one system is still scheduled for winter 2023.

Global Business Identifier. A test that has now been delayed until this summer 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. Enhancements to the CBP user interface for the primary and secondary processing of truck manifests were deployed to remaining southern ports June 5 and will be deployed to all remaining northern ports June 26. Further enhancements are still scheduled to be deployed July 11, at which time trade users will begin seeing new messaging regarding modifications to crew, vehicle, cargo, and seals.

Quota certificates. An enhancement for quota certificates still scheduled for August 2022 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 this summer the deployment of 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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