US Customs and Border Protection has announced that they are working towards completing the development of core trade processing capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and decommission of the Automated Commercial System (ACS) by the end of 2016. CBP has made available, the ACE Development and Deployment Schedule, which details upcoming deployments of new features in ACE, including three mandatory dates for use of ACE features by the trade community:

  • May 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for Manifest - All electronic export and import manifest data must be transmitted via ACE.
  • November 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for Cargo Release - All data associated with the release of cargo, including PGA interactions, must be transmitted via ACE.
  • October 1, 2016: Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining portions of the CBP cargo process.

Deployment A is the first of seven planned releases of new features and was originally scheduled for October 5, 2013, but due to the Government shutdown has been postponed to November 2, 2013.

Want to know what all capabilities are included in ACE Deployment A? Click here to access the full information notice containing full details of the capabilities.