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.

A new report released by the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZs) Board shows a total of 324 active FTZ production operations in 2016.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin issued the report Nov. 16 to the U.S. Congress with statistics on zone activities for 2016. The 165-page report is available for review Here. 

During a recent webcast hosted by Integration Point, Michael D’Oust, President and CEO of PointTrade Services, Inc., discussed savings within supply chains using a multitude of Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ).

Now, he answers your most pressing questions from the webcast:

Q: How can I measure my potential savings to decide if further investigation is needed?

We generally recommend starting with the best available source of information, which is typically a company’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) import data. This information will provide the basis for the FTZ financial feasibility analysis to determine what the initial (first year) and ongoing estimated savings will be by operating under zone procedures. Once this data is collected, a financial feasibility analysis can be performed. Our firm (PTSI), as well as many other consultants, conduct financial feasibility studies at no cost to determine the sensibility of a project. 

If you do not have access to your ACE account, you may also request your broker provide the import data for the past 12 months as the basis. Note that it is important to consider that many companies that have multiple business divisions may have multiple Importer of Record (IOR) numbers, so be careful to consider this when performing the analysis. There can also be many nuances to performing a financial feasibility study to identify which imported shipments should be included or possibly excluded from the study.