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.

Aluminum. There is no current deployment date for updates to the entry summary user interface create/edit for non-ABI entries related to an increase in the Section 232 tariffs on imports of aluminum from Russia.

Bills 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.

De Minimis Shipments. July is still the target date for an enhancement automating the enforcement of Section 321 requirements regarding de minimis shipments. 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. An enhancement providing CBP with the ability to respond to filers who provide their Document Image System submissions via email has been pushed back from March to April.

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

April 1 is still 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 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.

Export Manifests. CBP still plans to roll out in June an enhancement enabling the integration of the electronic export manifest application and the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System, eliminating the need to access multiple applications to view data and electronically notify exporters.

In-bonds. An enhancement improving the air in-bond process by enabling the Automated Export System to link in-bonds with ACE Multi-Modal Manifest, which will accept new messages from AES that will perform in-bond arrival/export/cancel requests for air carriers, is planned for December.

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