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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. CBP deployed Nov. 8 a link to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise directors in the modernized ACE portal references tab. A second deployment, now slated for December, will include a launch button to the migrated arrive/export in-bonds user interface, a link to the ACE entry summary UI for PGA users, and additional reference tab updates. A third deployment, now anticipated for January or February 2023, will include edit functionality for account data for all account types, user access management, blanket declarations, and document upload/management functionality for facilities and foreign-trade zones.

Bill of Lading. The deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level has been delayed from January to March 5, 2023.

Brokers. CBP has set Dec. 19 as the deployment date for updates that will (1) transition all brokers to a single national permit, (2) enhance the process for trade users to communicate broker and permit information to CBP, and (3) enable CBP to see information provided by trade users and manage broker administration compliance at the national level. A related final rule also takes effect Dec. 19.

Collections. 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 anticipated in October 2023.

Currency Exchange. Functionality providing clear, concise daily currency information for all users to follow during entry processing is now anticipated in March 2023.

Drawback. Functionality allowing for the mass liquidation of drawback entries/claims (entry type 47) has been added and scheduled for May 2023.

CBP still 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.

Global Business Identifier. A test to evaluate three global business identifier numbers that may be used to ultimately replace the manufacturing identification code, streamline customs data collection, and improve visibility into the supply chain has been pushed back from this fall to this winter.

Reconciliation. CBP has added and scheduled for Jan. 19, 2023, an enhancement that will include three new records to capture original reconciliation amounts for double-flagged entries: 56-record (original value duty detail), 57-record (additional original value duty detail), and 58-record (original amount revenue detail.)

UFLPA. A new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act region alert has been postponed indefinitely. Once in effect, this alert will add three validations to be performed when the country of origin is China for entry and for manufacturer identification code creation for both trade and CBP users: (1) postal code will be a required field, (2) users will receive an error message if the postal code provided is not a valid Chinese postal code, and (3) users will receive a warning message when a Uyghur region postal code has been provided.

Vessel agents. CBP now plans to launch Dec. 19 functionality that will implement the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System, which will allow vessel masters, operators, and agents to submit certain vessel entry and clearance data and requests to CBP electronically instead of on paper.

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