Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added some functionality to its Automated Commercial Environment deployment schedule, delayed the deployment of some other functions, and confirmed the deployment of still others.

ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts. For more information, please contact Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011.

ACE Portal. CBP has moved up to fall 2021 the modernization of the legacy ACE portal components into a new user interface to include accounts and the supporting applications that remain in portal for entry processing.

APHIS. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service core message set will be enforced in ACE production with a reject severity on Jan. 25, 2021. It will be enforced in ACE certification on Dec. 7. Starting on those dates, filers will have to submit an APHIS core message set on their entry for tariff numbers flagged for this requirement. This applies to ACE entry summary for cargo release, ACE cargo release, and PGA correction transactions.

Automated Surety Interface. CBP has pushed back to Dec. 5 the deployment of functionality expanding the data provided to sureties and surety agents in real-time via the bond status message, including cargo release and entry summary information. CBP’s goal is to eventually replace the current nightly and quarterly downloads that provide users with ACE cargo release and post-release processing information. CBP notes that this enhancement may increase the number of messages filers receive and that the volume of new bond status messages is significant, especially with events triggered by the weekly liquidation batch job and when CBP receives payment on statement.

Bill of Lading. CBP has now scheduled for fall 2021 the deployment of functionality to release ocean cargo at the lowest shipment level.

Broker Fees. CBP has set Dec. 9 as the date for automating the collection of the triennial customs broker status report and fee. CBP is also still awaiting the issuance of final regulations to transition all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers. Proposed regulations were issued June 5.

Collections. Functionality that will provide a consolidated billing period with each user’s deferred tax entries listed, as well as an additional payment option for trade users to pay their consolidated deferred tax bill, remains planned for April 2021.

Craft Beverages. Spring 2021 is still the target for deploying functionality reflecting the Craft Beverage Modernization Act that will (1) reduce rates or credits on 92 HTSUS Chapter 22 numbers and (2) include the ability to compute and validate the tax amount, view/edit tax data on entry summaries via the ACE portal, and make data available for data warehouse reporting.

Foreign-Trade Zones. CBP deployed Sept. 26 improvements to better facilitate the e214 online FTZ admission process and eliminate older, inefficient processes. An expanded zone ID will become available in January 2021.

FWS Message Set. All filers currently have the option to file in ACE data required by the Fish and Wildlife Service for imports and exports of foreign fish, wildlife, and plants. However, the FWS has yet to publish a notice making use of the FWS message set mandatory.

Manifests. CBP has pushed back from summer to fall 2021 phase 2 and 3 enhancements to complete modernization of the ACE truck manifest.

USMCA. CBP still anticipates deploying USMCA-related functionality for drawback in winter 2020/2021.

Vehicle exports. CBP newly plans to deploy in summer 2021 functionality enabling it to access all information on exported vehicles from one data query in the Automated Export System.

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