U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the agency is postponing initial implementation of changes to its in-bond regulations for several months--after it had planned to end a flexible enforcement period on Feb. 25, 2018.

The original date of the new regulations was Nov. 27, 2017. CBP’s announcement extends the period of leniency. 

The agency is also indefinitely postponing the implementation of a provision in the Nov. 27, 2018, final in-bond rule to require the inclusion of the six-digit HTS number on Immediate Transportation (IT) in-bond transportation entries. IT entries allow merchandise, upon U.S. arrival, to be transported to another U.S. port, where a subsequent entry will be filed.

On July 2, 2018, CBP will no longer accept paper CBP Form 7512 (Transportation Entry and Manifest of Goods Subject to CBP Inspection and Permit), according to the announcement.

On Aug. 6, 2018, electronic reporting of all transactions will be mandatory for carriers, and CBP will not accept paper copies of CBP Form 7512 for arrival and export functionality.

Also on that date, electronic reporting of bonded cargo location and of diversion to a port “other than reported on the original in-bond” will be required. The Automated Commercial Environment will reject arrival if neither of these reports is performed, CBP said.

Source: American Shipper

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.