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ACE reporting: new training videos available on

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Per CSMS# 16-000523, US Customs has posted a new series of videos on ACE Reporting to  The videos cover a range of seal_acetopics to support both new and advanced reports users, including:

– Accessing ACE Reports
– Setting Default Preferences– Navigating ACE Reports– Navigating the Workspace

– Running Standard Reports

– Saving and Exporting a Reports

– Modifying Report Queries

– Modifying Display of a Report

– Modifying Query Filters

– Creating Ad Hoc Reports

– Scheduling a Recurring Report

These videos are posted here.  (Hint:  Scroll to the bottom for ACE reporting videos)

Updated ACE resources posted on

Monday, June 20th, 2016


ACE is happening.  Learn more now!  CBP has recently posted new and updated information concerning ACE and PGAs on The updated information includes:


FDA to give “priority processing” to ACE entries, implement production calls with trade

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

As posted here previously, US Customs is mandating filing in ACE for select FDA entry types as of tomorrow, June 15, 2016.  In addition to establishing a 24/7 ACE support center, FDA is taking further, significant steps to assist the trade in the transition to ACE, including:

  • Institution of “production calls”
    • a meeting between the FDA, the entry filer and the entry filer’s software vendor (preferably) to walk through an entry that is being submitted via ACE
    • Production calls allow FDA and the entry filer to talk about the entry submission in real time
  • Priority processing of ACE entries
    • The average processing time for manual review and release of ACE submitted entries is 25% faster than the average processing time for manual review and release of ACS submitted entries
    • slide1When review of documents is necessary, processing time from when documents are requested to the release of ACE submitted entries is 33% faster than for ACS submitted entries, resulting in a savings of 1 ¼ days of processing time


FDA ACE support center help desk goes live tomorrow!

Monday, June 13th, 2016


From our friends at the NCBFAA:

The FDA has set up a 24/7 help desk — the ACE Support Center — to support implementation of ACE. This call center will address issues with ACE and will help facilitate the resolution of issues reported for ACE entries. FDA will continue to also provide e-mail support. Issues related to ACE entries can be sent to

The help desk goes live on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. It can be reached at:

  • Domestic Toll Free: 877-345-1101
  • Local/International: 571-620-7320



ACE: How to handle PGA disclaimers for EPA and others

Friday, June 10th, 2016

seal_aceEpa-LogoIn light of the gradual deployment of ACE with respect to PGAs, some in the trade are confused about filing entries with PGA disclaimers.  Following is some clarification.

  • Currently, there are PGA flags in the HTS tariff that are not yet live.  These flags have been included in ACE in anticipation of the PGAs going live but are not being enforced at this time.  Hence, for the time being, filers do not need to disclaim  but when the particular agency goes live they can disclaim (if the product is not subject to the agency’s regulations.)
  • CBP is not enforcing HTS code flags in ACE if the PGA is not yet live on ACE.  Therefore, filers do not need to disclaim at this time.  They may receive a warning but the filing should process.

With respect to EPA in particular, filers can contact the Vehicles and Engines (V&E) Hotline if they are not sure whether a product is covered by the agency’s regulations and whether a declaration must be filed.

  • Vehicles and Engines (V&E):
  • EPA Imports Hotline
  • 734-214-4100



ACE: New CBP guidance on PGA Entry Type Codes

Monday, June 6th, 2016


Per CSMS #16-000439:

This following advises which CBP Entry Type Codes will require Partner Government Agency data, (i.e., the PGA Message Set) when the entry types are deployed and the PGA is ready to accept them. Below is an explanation of the legend on the attached chart detailing PGA filing requirements by entry type code, and additional clarification on the Entry Type 06 Foreign Trade Zones.


• The word “Yes” in the entry type line/box indicates the PGA’s data is required for, the entry type when the entry contains the (HTS) commodities, regulated by that specific PGA.

• The word “No” indicates the PGA’s data is not required for the entry type.

  • TYPE 06 – Consumption, Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ):
  • The PGA’s chose one of two options for requiring their PGA data:
    • At Cargo Release
      • Eleven (11) agencies require the PGA message set at Cargo Release, whether it is a Regular Type 06 or a Weekly Estimate:
        • ATF / AMS / APHIS / DEA / EPA / FDA / FDA / FSIS /FWS / OMC / and TTB
    • DUAL option
      • If a regular 06 entry is filed at cargo release, then the PGA data is required with the filing.
      • If a weekly estimate is filed at Cargo Release, the PGA data is required at Entry Summary, (no PGA data is to be sent with the weekly estimate).
      • Four (4) agencies opted for the dual option:
        • APHIS Lacey / CPSC / NHTSA and NMFS

Any questions can be referred to William.R.Scopa@CBP.DHS.GOV




ACE: Update on status of PGA pilots

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Here is CBP’s latest report on the status of 17 PGA pilot programs regarding ACE:

ACE PGA pilots

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


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

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

Thursday, May 19th, 2016


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.