Last night U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a CSMS on the steel and aluminum tariffs that came into effect today, using some very specific language toward foreign-trade zones.

All steel and aluminum imports subject to Section 232 duties must be admitted under Privileged Foreign (PF) status as of today, March 23. In addition, any steel or aluminum imports admitted under PF status prior to March 23 are still subject to the additional 25% steel tariff and 10% aluminum tariff.

Until recently, November 1st was the day electronic filing of entries in ACE would become mandatory.  Although US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has amended the timeline to allow for more testing, November 1st is still an important date for US importers who need to ask themselves, "Am I really ready for ACE?"

The Automated Commercial Environment, or ACE, is more than just a new filing system for CBP, and if a company has only “checked the box” that they are ready, supply chains could soon slow down, if not come to a halt.  How do you know if you have done more than check the box?

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Integration Point will present a 60-minute webcast on steps companies can take to make sure they are truly prepared for the next big moves in ACE.

During this webcast, Virginia Thompson, Vice President of Product Management for Global Trade Management, and Liz Connell, Vice President of Product Management for Zone Operations and ABI/US ABI Filing Software, will discuss how a company should prepare for ACE and best practices for operating in a post-ACE deployment world.  Both presenters are not only experienced in the trade but also integral parts of ACE task forces and CBP development/ACE testing.

During the webcast, the presenters will cover:

  • Overview of current ACE transition timeline for all entry types and PGA message set data requirements
  • How to tell in what ways your company is affected
  • Best practices for gathering information needed in a post-ACE world
  • Why coordination with the rest of your supply chain is an important part of meeting the ACE deadlines
  • The advantages of testing new ACE deployments and participating in PGA pilot programs

There will be a Q&A session following the webcast, as well as continued dialogue on the Global Trade News blog.

Register now for this educational webcast to ensure that your company is really ready for ACE.

Are you ready for the transition to ACE?

Use this free Integration Point resource to see if your HTS numbers could be flagged by a PGA during the ACE entry filing process. View the image below, or click here to download the PDF.