U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a notice indicating concern that filers may not be fully prepared to file all electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries in the Automated Commercial Environment by the Nov. 1 deadline. CBP notes that some filers have said they understand their entries are filed in ACE when in fact they are transmitting ACE entry summary data and certifying corresponding cargo release data in the Automated Commercial System, which does not constitute an ACE entry filing. Only four percent of all entries are currently being filed in ACE, CBP notes, whereas 100 percent of entries must be filed in ACE by Nov. 1.

CBP notes that the ability to transmit both ACE cargo release (entry) and ACE entry summary requires specific software changes that address the new data requirements. For example, there are additional party reporting requirements, such as the buyer and seller for ACE cargo release, as well as new requirements for split shipments and corrections and cancellations for ACE cargo release.

CBP is therefore urging filers to contact their software vendors or service bureaus immediately to verify that their software programs can successfully transmit both ACE cargo release and ACE entry summary or to determine when they will be able to. Once filers confirm that their software is updated they should contact their assigned CBP client representative to advise that they want to be approved for ACE cargo release. Both approval to transmit in ACE and the use of software that can file both ACE cargo release and ACE entry summary will be required for filers to comply with the Nov. 1 filing deadline.

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