your direct filing solution
ACE Certified ACE-Certified
Get Started Today
Linked InTwitterFacebookRSS

Categories

Archives

Recent Posts

Paying too much for your ISFs?

Ask us how you can save money and automate the process.

Get Started Today!

get started

Contact us for more information or to schedule a live demo.

Contact Us

May, 2016

REMINDER: ACE MANDATORY USE DEADLINES

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

 

seal_aceFrom CBPs’ May 2016 ACE Monthly Trade Update:

US Customs continues to work with trade community members to complete their transition to filing electronic entry, entry summary and Partner Government Agency (PGA) data in ACE.

As a reminder, the upcoming ACE Mandatory Use Dates are:

  • June 15, 2016Mandatory filing of ACE electronic entries and entry summaries with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data. At this point, all electronic entries and entry summaries that do not have quota merchandise should be filed in ACE.
  • July 23, 2016Mandatory filing of ACE electronic entries and entry summaries for remaining entry types, specifically those entry types involving quota.
  • Summer 2016 – Mandatory use of ACE for filing electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries with data for remaining PGAs.
  • Late Summer/Early Fall 2016 – Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process: NAFTA Duty Deferrals, Protests, Statements, Reconciliation, Drawback and Liquidation.

Throughout the summer 2016, PGAs will provide functionality for filing electronically in ACE and furnish information regarding the conclusion of their pilots. Additional details on specific entry and entry summary types, specific PGAs impacted, can be found by visiting CBP’s ACE Mandatory Use Dates page.

Following the deployment of core trade processing capabilities in ACE in 2016, CBP will continue to enhance ACE capabilities in an operations and maintenance mode. New projects/requirements, however, will need to be approved through our established governance process in line with CBP’s trade priorities and funding.

ACE: Are you (or your broker) ready for the July 23 cutover from ACS for filing these entry types?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

seal_aceFrom the May 23, 2016, Federal Register:

Effective: July 23, 2016. ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for processing electronic entry and entry summary filings of certain entry types, and ACS will no longer be a CBP-authorized EDI system for purposes of processing the electronic filings specified in this notice. 

ACE as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings

This notice announces that, effective July 23, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP- authorized EDI system for the electronic entry and entry summary filings listed below, for all filers. These electronic filings must be formatted for submission in ACE, and will no longer be accepted in ACS.

  • 01—Consumption—Free and Dutiable
  • 02—Consumption—Quota/Visa
  • 03—Consumption—Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty
  • 06—Consumption—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
  • 07—Consumption—Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Quota/Visa Combination
  • 11—Informal—Free and Dutiable
  • 12—Informal—Quota/Visa (other than textiles)
  • 21—Warehouse
  • 22—Re-Warehouse
  • 23—Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
  • 31—Warehouse Withdrawal— Consumption
  • 32—Warehouse Withdrawal—Quota
  • 34—Warehouse Withdrawal— Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
  • 38—Warehouse Withdrawal— Antidumping/Countervailing Duty & Quota/Visa Combination
  • 51—Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
  • 52—Government—Dutiable
  • 61—Immediate Transportation
  • 62—Transportation and Exportation
  • 63—Immediate Exportation
  • 69—Transit (Rail only)
  • 70—Multi-Transit (Rail only)

ACS as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings

Electronic entry and entry summary filings for the following entry types must continue to be filed only in ACS. CBP will publish a subsequent Federal Register Notice in the future when these entry and entry summary filings will be transitioned in ACE.

  • 08—NAFTA Duty Deferral
  • 09—Reconciliation Summary
  • 41—Direct Identification Manufacturing Drawback
  • 42—Direct Identification Unused Merchandise Drawback
  • 43—Rejected Merchandise Drawback
  • 44—Substitution Manufacturer Drawback
  • 45—Substitution Unused Merchandise Drawback
  • 46—Other Drawback

Due to Low Shipment Volume, Filings for the Following Entry Types Will Not Be Automated in Either ACS or ACE

  • 04—Appraisement
  • 05—Vessel—Repair
  • 24—Trade Fair
  • 25—Permanent Exhibition
  • 26—Warehouse—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) (Admission)
  • 33—Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation)
  • 64—Barge Movement
  • 65—Permit to Proceed
  • 66—Baggage

 

CBP’s 2016 East Coast Trade Symposium just announced

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Save the date! This just in from an attendee of the 2016 West Coast Trade Symposium.

cbp east coast symp 2016

ACE: What’s changed and what’s coming up

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

seal_aceUS Customs has posted an updated version of the ACE Development and Deployment Schedule, which also contains a list of changes made with this update. The schedule provides details on when upcoming capabilities will be developed and deployed in ACE.

ACE Development and Deployment – May 2016

Join OCWIT & US Commercial Service experts for a must-attend event for importers and exporters

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
GLOBAL INDUSTRY UPDATE & FOCUS GROUPS LUNCHEON
Join us as our keynote speaker, James Mayfield, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Irvine will share his expertise regarding the role of U.S. Commercial Service in assisting exporters and best strategies for using the power of the United States’ overseas resources and networks. Mr.Mayfield has been working with the Commercial Service since 2000 helping U.S. businesses while working in Shanghai, Beijing, Vietnam, San Francisco and Irvine.
His team of International Trade Specialists will provide current industry trends and resources invaluable to your company’s success.
Meet the Experts:
  • Tatyana Aguirre - ICT, Safety & Securityus comml serv
  • Maryavis Bokal - Medical Devices/ Pharma/Nutritional Supplements & Processed Foods
  • Jasmine Braswell - Infrastructure, Construction, Heavy Industries
  • Kristin Houston - Apparel/Textiles, Sporting Goods, Franchising
Join this inaugural event as we launch our newly formed Industry User Groups!
Industry User Groups discuss all aspects of a comprehensive international department from import/export compliance and procedures, logistics, sourcing and regulatory issues. The Irvine Commercial Service Team will provide industry highlights.
Join an Industry User Group to get the inside track on regulations, compliance, and other hot topics in import/export for your industry!
  • Apparel/Sporting Goods: LRG, Lolli Swim
  • Medical/Pharma/Nutritional:
    Allergan, Edwards Lifesciences, KaVo, Kerr Group
  • IT: Western Digital
  • Automotive/Heavy Equipment: Mazda, Hyundai
  • Other Industry Groups
Moderator: Karen Scuncio, Orange County SBDC

Event Info:

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016

Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Venue: Avenue of the Arts Hotel

3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa 92626

Cost: $55.00 Members, $75.00 Non-Members

Walk-Ins: Add $10.00

register-now-button-pilll-red-hi by June 3, 2016

Filing of ATF forms in DIS during interim period prior to mandatory filing

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

ATF-Logo

Per CSMS#16-000400:

During the interim period, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has decided to allow ACE Cargo Release filers to submit their ATF Forms 6 and 6A through the Document Image System (DIS) to satisfy ATF import requirements. Currently there are 3 different ways that CBP field personnel may receive ATF documentation for import; 1) the traditional paper process; 2) ACE Cargo Release submitted through the PGA Message Set; and 3) DIS with the ACE electronic entry. For DIS entries, the completion and approval of an ATF Form 6 or through its electronic equivalent (ATF’s internal system) represents ATF’s prior approval. The presence of an approved ATF Form 6 accompanied with the ATF Form 6A DIS submission represents approval of importation. Filers should submit both forms simultaneously with the entry. If filers do not send both forms with the entry, processing may halt because documents (Form 6 and 6A) are required for release. It is not necessary for CBP to print and sign the documents from DIS, nor will it be expected by ATF or the filer to receive either documents from CBP. However, filers will still be required to provide a copy of the Form 6A, with Sections I and III completed, to ATF within 15 days of the release from CBP custody without CBP signature.

ATF pilot participants may continue to submit the required data via the PGA Message Set during the interim period. This interim DIS policy is merely providing the option for Cargo Release filers to upload Forms 6 and 6A in DIS until the data captured in those forms are required to be submitted electronically via the PGA Message Set. The ATF pilot is still open, and new participants are welcome to join.

Free American Shipper webinar on trends in transportation procurement

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

american shipper 2

Upcoming Webinar: Trends in Transportation Procurement,
Tuesday, May 24th at 2PM EDT


Increased rate transparency, fluctuating economic conditions, a shortage of drivers, excess ocean vessel capacity. These dynamics and more weigh on transportation buyers on an almost constant basis these days. Yet the act of procurement has largely remained an episodic process tied to specific periods in the year more than market conditions.New technologies and an avalanche of data are changing the picture though. Armed with solutions to automate key parts of the freight bid process, shippers and 3PLs can take more strategic decisions around procurement, and do it when needed, not according to a rigid schedule.This one-hour session will explore how freight buyers should think about their freight procurement activities in an environment where internal and external dynamics are constantly shifting.

Highlights include:

  • The value of a systems-based approach to transportation procurement
  • General purpose procurement systems vs. freight-specific ones
  • A discussion on the merits of bidding more frequently
  • How to capture more participation from carriers in an automated procurement environment
  • The state of automated global procurement and how cloud technology is empowering it

Expert Panelists:

  • Vikram Balasubramanian, Senior Vice President, Strategic Product Development, MercuryGate
  • Steve Banker, Service Director, Supply Chain Management, ARC Advisory Group
  • Moderated by Eric Johnson, Research Director & IT Editor, American Shipper

registernow

ACE: On June 15, ACE will be the only system to process certain FDA entry types

Monday, May 16th, 2016

FDA-LogoFrom today’s Federal Register:

Effective June 15, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry summaries for merchandise that is subject to import requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), associated with the certain entry types listed below.

Other FDA entry types will processed solely in ACS, and the remainder will not be automated in either ACE or ACS.   CBP will publish a subsequent Federal Register Notice in the near future when the additional entry and entry summary filings will be transitioned in ACE.

ACE as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings Accompanied by FDA Data

  • 01—Consumption—Free and Dutiable
  • 03—Consumption—Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
  • 06—Consumption—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
  • 11—Informal—Free and Dutiable
  • 23—Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
  • 51—Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
  • 52—Government—Dutiable

ACS as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings

  • Electronic entry and entry summary filings for the following entry types must continue to be filed only in ACS:
    • 02—Consumption—Quota/Visa
    • 07—Consumption—Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty and Quota/Visa Combination
    • 08—NAFTA Duty Deferral
    • 09—Reconciliation Summary
    • 12—Informal—Quota/Visa (other than textiles)
    • 21—Warehouse
    • 22—Re-Warehouse
    • 22—Re-Warehouse
    • 31—Warehouse Withdrawal— Consumption
    • 32—Warehouse Withdrawal—Quota
    • 34—Warehouse Withdrawal— Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
    • 38—Warehouse Withdrawal— Antidumping/Countervailing Duty & Quota/Visa Combination
    • 41—Direct Identification Manufacturing Drawback
    • 42—Direct Identification Unused Merchandise Drawback
    • 43—Rejected Merchandise Drawback
    • 44—Substitution Manufacturer Drawback
    • 45—Substitution Unused Merchandise Drawback
    • 46—Other Drawback
    • 61—Immediate Transportation
    • 62—Transportation and Exportation
    • 63—Immediate Exportation
    • 69—Transit (Rail only)
    • 70—Multi-Transit (Rail only)

Due to Low Shipment Volume, Filings for the Following Entry Types Will Not Be Automated in Either ACS or ACE 

  • 04—Appraisement
  • 05—Vessel—Repair
  • 24—Trade Fair
  • 25—Permanent Exhibition
  • 26—Warehouse—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) (Admission)
  • 33—Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation)
  • 64—Barge Movement
  • 65—Permit to Proceed
  • 66—Baggage

 

SOLAS: US importers plead for VGM cut-off times from container lines

Friday, May 13th, 2016

cargo ship

 

From the Journal of Commerce:

As part of the continuing fallout from the new SOLAS container weight rules, members of the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers are urging container lines to disclose the cut-off times for the sending of verified gross mass declarations, warning of containerized supply chain disruption if communication doesn’t improve regarding the SOLAS container weight rule.

These importers need to build extra time into their supply chains so that they can transmit their VGMs so stowage plans can be made and the containers loaded onto ships.

(*JOC site registration may be required)

Slide show: The evolution of vessels in container shipping

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

3. Gateway City_McNamara

 

As the newly expanded Panama Canal is set to open to ultra-large container ships on June 26, the Journal of Commerce* has published an interesting slideshow depicting the transformation of container ships over the years.

(*JOC site registration may be required)