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U.S. Customs Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

Update on ACE Air Manifest Rollout – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is mandating the use of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). There are two deadlines to be aware of: the first deadline is November 1, 2015, which is the beginning of the transition period for using ACE for all electronic cargo release and related entry summary filing. The second deadline is February  28, 2016, which is the mandatory use date of ACE for all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process, as ACS will no longer be available.

ACE will provide a single access point for the trade community to report imports and exports to the U.S. government. The intent of ACE is to reduce manual processes, eliminate the use of paper, and improve compliance with U.S. laws and regulations. Noatum Logistics is working to implement ACE on behalf of our customers, and we are providing a central source for information on this topic.

See more details about the ACE Mandatory Use Dates on the CBP website.

Additional ACE Resources:

Pro’s / Cons

  • ACE capabilities cover Manifest, Cargo Release, Post Release, Export and Partner Government Agencies (PGAs)
  • As of February 28, 2016, all electronic cargo releases/entries and their related entry summaries can only be filed in ACE. This requirement includes Partner Government Agency (PGA) data required at time of entry and/or entry summary, including supplemental data required to effect release. On this date, electronic entries and related entry summaries will no longer be accepted in the legacy Automated Commercial System.

Benefits & Challenges for ACE 090115

CBP’s CSMS Messages

CBP ACE and Automated Systems webpage

CBP has IT releases weekly. This section will keep you informed of the outage schedules and any issues that affect our ability to process entries timely.

ACE in the News: