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. A final phase, now expected in October, will transition remaining capabilities to the modernized ACE portal, including remaining create/edit functionality for account types, create/edit functionality for supporting data, and user access management.

Air Transactions. An enhancement updating entry type 86 transmissions in the air environment to delay the 1C release message has been added and scheduled for December.

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 winter 2023.

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. The triennial status report update and broker permit annual user fee with interface to ACE will be deployed in November after the latest collections release. Two additional capabilities – broker license application and permit application – will be developed between fiscal years 2025 and 2026.

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 remains scheduled for Nov. 4.

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.

Entry Summary. Entry summary query updates that will incorporate data elements from ACE collections and move the query from legacy ACE to new ACE are still expected Nov. 4.

Forced Labor. Still anticipated for Jan. 27, 2024, is the deployment of an enhancement that will create an automated process for admissibility reviews and exception requests for Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act detentions. This will include automating the completion and issuance of the CBP form 6051D and attachment 2B as well as a public site to which the trade can upload documentation and submit for CBP review and from which CBP can track, review, and determine final dispositions.

Immediate Delivery. An enhancement allowing filers to transmit an ID request on an entry, causing the data to populate in ACE Cargo Release and Entry Summary, was deployed Sept. 30.

In-Bonds. An enhancement improving the air in-bond process by allowing the Automated Export System to link in-bond with ACE multi-modal manifest has been added to the deployment schedule for December.

Outward Declarations. CBP has now set April 1, 2024, as the expected date for disabling the option to submit form 1302A (cargo declaration – outward with commercial forms) in the Document Image System for outward vessels. Once this is done such forms will have to be submitted on paper or via ACE Export Manifest.

Truck Manifests. An enhancement allowing ACE Truck Manifest to infer class of admission based on travel documents that the primary inspection process returns for all crew members and passengers present in the conveyance at the crossing was successfully deployed Aug. 29.

CBP also deployed Aug. 31 an enhancement that supports pilot ports with limited testing of command center functionality to include the development and integration of additional non-intrusive inspection capabilities, including artificial intelligence/machine learning models for ACE truck manifest modernization.

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