Originally bundled with a Sept. 16 Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) deployment, the E214 release has now been rescheduled to Dec. 16, 2017. Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced on Sept. 11 the delay in the deployment of the E214 ACE capability to ensure FTZ industry readiness.

The delay of the rollout affects both the electronic Foreign-Trade Zone Admission (e214) and Manufacturer ID (MID) creation capabilities as they transition from the agency’s legacy Automated Commercial System (ACS) to the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) platform.

The later deployment received a boost from The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ), which had summited a letter to CBP requested for a later date to correct problems detected in certification testing. In a Sept. 7 letter,

NAFTZ President Erik Autor wrote that a number of foreign-trade zone operators have experienced “a disturbing number of systemic problems and new issues that need to be addressed before the rollout of e214 in ACE.”

In addition, CBP personally invited Integration Point to begin transition testing six weeks ago, according to Elizabeth Connell, Integration Point Vice President-Product Management. "We were personally invited by CBP because they knew we have a deep understanding of the complexities of the FTZ process, and that we have a long history of successfully testing zone transitions to ACE, she said. "They trust us to identify all issues and to test all possible scenarios due to our extensive client base that span all industries and complexities.” 

Connell added that Integration Point has been working closely with CBP nights, weekends and holidays helping test the admissions process.

CBP announced in CMCS #17-000556 that they would still be deploying “ACE Deployment G, Release 2 – Non-ABI Entry Summary/Lineless, Duty Deferral and Importer Security Filing beginning Sept. 16. Deployment G, Release 2 will deploy during an extended system outage from Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. ET until Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7 a.m. ET, September 17. Integration Point will be updating the ISF production system during this time as well to align with the CBP G2 deployment.

ACE is 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 will be able to more 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 working to meet an executive order signed in 2014. An executive order in December 2016 gained further ground for ACE.

Integration Point Automated Broker Interface (ABI) software provides importers with the tools to connect and share data electronically with CBP in ACE, while having the ability to track the entire process, leading to stronger compliance and control, resulting in overall cost savings. Integration Point is also the industry leader for US Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Management software and has the largest team for implementation and support of zone automation.

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