ACE Deployment G3 Information Notice

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced plans to finalize the rollout of Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) in early 2018, with the next release due Dec. 9, 2017. On that date, CPB will deploy Statements, e214 (electronic Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) admissions), and Manufacturer ID (MID) Creation capabilities within ACE.

The final release is scheduled for Feb. 24, 2018, and will include Reconciliation, Liquidation and Drawback.

The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) President Erik O. Autor responded to CBP’s announced postponement from Sept. 16 to Dec. 9. “I am very pleased to report that CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced…that the planned Sept.16 date for the full transition of the core e214 functionality from ACS into ACE has been postponed until Dec. 9.

“We recognize that a decision to postpone this long-scheduled transition was a difficult one. But we are also convinced that it is the right decision – a decision that also reconfirms our belief that (CBP) understands both our industry and his responsibilities in managing such a complex organization,” Autor said.

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CBP issued a detailed, updated schedule: 

  • There will be an outage period for payments and statements beginning Dec 8, after 11:50 p.m. EST and ending Dec. 10.
  • Effective Dec. 9, statement updates must be submitted via SU instead of HP with the exception of Reconciliation.
  • CBP will hold all SU transactions for ACE and HP for ACS in a queue and update ACE on Dec. 10.
  • All final daily statements (regular and periodic) will run early Dec. 10 from ACS.
  • ACE will run Preliminary Daily Statements early on Dec. 11.
  • If a Preliminary Daily Statement is issued by ACS but the final daily is not generated by Dec.11, then the final daily will be generated out of ACE.
  • If a QN/PN is done on Dec. 8, a final statement will be generated from Automated Commercial System (ACS) on Dec. 10 and available for the trade on Dec. 11.
  • All ACS Statements will be converted into ACE, maintaining the ACS Statement number. *Exception: Reconciliation Statements will remain in ACS until the February deployment.
  • Reconciliation entry summaries will combine with other entry types on the same Statement in Deployment G, Release 4 (Feb. 24, 2018).
  • CBP will maintain the ACS Statement reroute functionality for a limited timeframe.
  • CBP will provide one statement, derived from ACE. This will include those in ACE and those converted from ACS to ACE.
  • CBP will convert all Daily Statements from ACS to ACE.
  • ACS collections will not be deployed as part of the Deployment G, Release 3 (Dec. 9) or Deployment G, Release 4 (Feb. 24, 2018). The date for the collections deployment in ACE is to be determined. 

Your Questions Answered By CBP 

Electronic 214 (e214)

What will stay the same with e214 in ACE?

If a bill is split, the filer can only file one split part per admission.

What will change with e214 in ACE?

CBP processing of e214s will take place in ACE and will no longer be supported in the legacy system.

Timeline for Cutover

  • The cutover timeline for the migration of data and submission to ACE is as follows:
  • Input to CBP in old ACS format must stop at 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 8.
  • Up until 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, expect to receive response messages from CBP in the old ACS format.
  • Input to CBP in new ACE format is allowed to begin at 7 p.m. EST on Dec 8.
  • If you submit messages in the new ACE format during the deployment window, you may get responses from CBP as the system is verified. However, the new ACE FTZ system will begin full-fledged processing at 4 a.m. EST on Dec. 10, once ACE comes out of the maintenance window.

Manufacturer ID (MID)

What will stay the same in ACE for MID processing?

The trade community currently has the ability to query MIDs in ACE. Trade users are not able to update MID records in ACE.

What will change in ACE for MID processing?

Beginning Dec. 9, CBP processing of MIDs will take place in ACE and will no longer be supported in ACS.

Modifications or updates to existing MIDs must be undertaken by CBP. To request a change, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Solution: File Directly from a Common Platform

Complying with CBP ACE filing requirements may take time and training. Companies need to understand regulation deadlines and have ready-made solutions that can support ACE filing. 

Integration Point offers a comprehensive suite of global trade management products encompassing all industries, geographies, and trade programs. A key part of Integration Point’s global trade management platform is the ability to file directly with any government agency around the world. For the United States that includes providing importers and exporters alike direct filing capabilities with ACE. By managing the entire import and export process end-to-end on a common, shared platform, companies are able to track the entire process, leading to stronger compliance and control. 

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