U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to complete the final deployment of core trade processing capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). As part of the delivery of core trade processing in ACE, CBP has established a series of mandatory use dates for transitioning to ACE. ACE is now the primary system through which the trade community reports imports and exports and the government determines admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes are streamlined and automated, paper is being eliminated and the trade community is able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations. Working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the Border Interagency Executive Council, and the White House, CBP is on track to meet an executive order signed in 2014. An executive order in December 2016 gained further ground for ACE.

At a recent presentation for NAFTZ Spring Seminar, James Swanson, Director of Cargo Security and Controls with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations, and Melissa Irmen, Integration Point Sr. VP-Products & Strategy, spoke about recent and upcoming updates relating to ACE, including the timing of e214 integration and success with Partner Government Agencies (PGAs). E214 timing for U.S Foreign-Trade Zones Nearly a decade ago, filers and brokers who wanted to admit goods into a U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) were required to submit a paper CBP Form 214 to CBP as well as transmit an encrypted ASCII file to the US Census Bureau. Now, the FTZ e214 application for electronic admission filings presents multiple benefits, including a reduction in the amount of document handling placed on CBP personnel and FTZ operators. Although e214 made electronic, filing is not going directly in the ACE system and importers and exporters will need to prepare for transitions that will not use ABI. CBP has announced plans to integrate the e214 into ACE in two phases: Phase 1 As part of core trade processing in ACE, CBP will transition the current e214 mainframe functionality into ACE.  Trade testing in the Certification environment is planned to begin in July 2017. Deployment to the Production environment is targeted for late summer of 2017. Phase 2 As part of post-core trade processing, CBP needs funding to develop enhancements in ACE for the e214, including: Integration with PGAs for e214 data Enhanced in-bond integration to remove redundant requirements Interface with the Document Integration System Enhancement of zone-to-zone movements to remove redundant requirements and improve efficiencies  PGAs and the pilot program Since the ACE core deployment began, CBP has automated 250-plus paper forms, coordinated with 40-plus vendors to update software to support their customers, developed $5.3-plus million lines of code and trained 7,500 CBP field users. As part of developing ACE, more than 100 Federal Register notices to support policy have been published. In addition, working with PGAs has gained traction as ACE eliminates the need to submit PGA paper forms and promotes overall trade compliance. A total of 269 PGA forms have been automated, 28 agencies have met data requirements, 14 agencies only collect import data in ACE, eight agencies collect import and export data and two only collect export data. CBP is continuing to coordinate with PGAs through the ACE pilot program, an opportunity for the trade community to work closely with CBP as they transition filers to ACE.  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. With 600+ team members across every major continent, Integration Point delivers visibility and localized knowledge for 200 countries and territories, enabling companies to achieve global compliance while maximizing supply chain savings. www.IntegrationPoint.com For more information and guidelines regarding ACE, visit www.cbp.gov.