US Customs’ ACE Issues 4/08/16

In the near future ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) will be the sole CBP authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system for entry as well as transmission of PGA (Participating Government Agency) data.

The idea behind ACE becoming the “single window” filling system is that “manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U. S. laws and regulations.”

On March 31, 2016 U.S. Customs & Border Protection rolled out the first Mandatory Ace Filing of electronic entries and entry summary.  The mandatory March 31, 2016 deadline covers ACE entry and entry summary filings of entry types 01, 03, 11, 23, 51 and 52 without any PGA data.  Electronic entries and entry summaries subject to NHTSA and Lacey Act are also required to be filed in ACE unless the entry also covers another PGA data.

CBP also posted in the Federal Register March 29, 2016 the ending of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) pilot and encourages all importers and filers of merchandise regulated by the FDA to now use ACE for electronic filings.  Making the transition to ACE now will benefit filers when ACE becomes mandatory for these types of filings.

Network errors and system-wide crashes caused delays for many filers in recent days.  In a statement on Tuesday CBP has acknowledged the issues and claims they have been resolved.  “CBP regrets that these system slowdowns caused issues for some ACE users.  These issues have been resolved.”

Other mandatory rollout dates are scheduled throughout the year with full implementation of the Single Window via ACE in December 2016. Odyssey and its subsidiaries are monitoring ACE rollouts and implementing procedures to ensure compliance.

For more information and details on specific filings please feel free to reach out to our experts or visit: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated/ace-mandatory-use-dates