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Jan. 6th ACE Statement Deployment – Important Information

Friday, January 5th, 2018

ace-logoImportant information from our friends at NCBFAA…

Reminder: January 6, 2018 Statements Deployment

As a reminder, CBP will be delivering ACE Deployment G, Release 3B on January 6. At this point, ACE will become the system of record for all statements with the exception of Reconciliation statements. CBP will deliver Statements for Reconciliations as part of ACE Deployment G, Release 4 on February 24, 2018.

CBP will work with filers to address any issues related to this deployment of Statements in ACE, and will provide support as necessary.

To this point, CBP will also host a series of calls to communicate the status of the statements deployment beginning Sunday, January 7 and running through Friday, January 12:

  • On SUNDAY, January 7, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET: On this call, CBP will communicate the status of the statements deployment.
  • From MONDAY, January 8, 2018, through FRIDAY, January 12, 2018, 2:00 p.m. ET – 3:00 p.m. ET: On these calls, CBP will provide a short deployment status followed by an open question and answer session.

To dial in for these phone calls, please use the following conference line:  (877) 336-1828  PC: 6124214

For additional information on Deployment G Release 3A and 3B, please click here.

For ACE Deployment G Reports Information Notice, please click here.

12/9 ACE Deployment Partially Delayed – Just announced today by CBP!

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Delayed message.e214 & MID moving to ACE; Statements delayed.

As announced today on the ACE Outreach call, and followed by CBP’s December 4th CSMS message on the subjectCBP is pushing out the statement deployment date to Jan 6th.

However, still to be deployed on Dec. 9th is e214 and MID creation.  Read more here regarding the specific changes to statements that all filers need to be aware of.

Also of concern is the potential for a government funding lapse effective December 8, 2017.  CBP notes that they will be closely monitored and will provide future communication regarding any impact as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for more as this develops!



Switch from ACS to ACE Means Changes to Consignee and Importer Queries

Saturday, November 18th, 2017


The ability to query a consignee in ACS was shut off with the  September 15, 2017 ACE deployment, and CBP is not planning to create this same ability in the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  Read on:

In CBP’s legacy system, ACS, there was a way to query a consignee “as a means for filers to obtain a number which may be used as the ultimate consignee number in cargo release and border cargo release processing when the actual consignee number is not immediately available.”  The application identifier associated with this query was ‘KN.’

This Consignee Name/Address Query transaction allowed a filer to query ACS’s Importer File by transmitting the name and address for an ultimate consignee of interest and receiving a name and address information plus the consignee identification number.

Most importantly, this functionality also provided the ability to determine if CBP had assigned an identification number to a non-resident importer of record.  This feature was a valuable tool for brokers, but no longer.

In a response from the ACE Support Hotline, CBP stated; “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is aware of the trade communities concerns related to the discontinuation of the KN application in the Automated Commercial System (ACS). At this time, CBP has decided not to develop or transition the KN application in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). To query a Foreign-Based Importer of Record (IOR) number that is already on file with CBP, filers should contact their local or Remote Location Filing (RLF) ports to obtain the CBP-Assigned  IOR number.”

This is one update to ACE that seems to run contrary to the tenant of making information more accessible and transparent.  Brokers and local CBP port staff will have to take additional, and sometimes manual steps to determine this information.

What exactly are CBP’s downtime procedures?

Friday, November 17th, 2017

ACEA follow up to our earlier blog regarding the downtime experienced on ACE on November 14,  CBP has released the following formal statement.  In it, they discuss the outage, their evaluation of the current downtime procedures, and what steps they are taking to further enhance their procedures.  CBP is also working closely with Commercial Operations Advisory Council (COAC) to identify areas of concern, and NCBFAA is seeking feedback from it’s members to assist.

CBP Statement Regarding ACE System Status

November 15, 2017

The ACE system resumed cargo processing at approximately 10:00 p.m. EST last night and continues to process normally.  All transactions backlogged in the queue were processed as of approximately 1:00 a.m. EST.  Our technicians, in collaboration with IBM technicians, are working around the clock to identify the root cause of the disruption to the ACE database.  We do know that this issue and the Aug. 2 outage issue are unrelated.

CBP executive leadership continues to communicate with our ports receiving initial reports that downtime procedures worked as expected. The Office of Field Operations is using this event to perform an evaluation of these procedures by polling the ports to identify issues or deficiencies, as well as best practices, in order to enhance our downtime procedures.  In addition, CBP client representatives are continuing to assess impacts to trade.  Further, CBP will continue engaging the COAC Outage working group and other trade partners to identify areas of concern surrounding operations and our response to the event.

NCBFAA Seeking Input from Members on Most Recent ACE Downtime

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The ACE outage on November 14th causes concern over current CBP downtime procedures. For a time system errors were preventing users from logging into the ACE Portal screens as well as issues with Trade electronic EDI message processing.
See the original reports CMS#17-000709  CMS#17-000710, CMS#17-000711

At 22:05 on November 14 it was reported that systems were up and functional, and this update was posted. 

NCBFAA seeks input from members on any issues related to the downtime and encourages you to report any examples of lack of uniformity between ports during downtime. Please email NCBFA’s Executive Vice President Megan Montgomery at with any feedback or suggestions for ways in which NCBFAA can minimize disruptions to your business should future ACE outages occur.

CBP’s New Announcement on the Transition of Duty Statements to ACE

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

On Wednesday, November 8th, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register announcing the transition of Daily and Preliminary Monthly Statements to ACE. “As of December 9th, 2017, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for generating, transmitting and updating daily and monthly statements, and ACE will no longer be a CBP authorized EDI system for such purpose”. The one exception is Reconciliation entries (type 09) which are scheduled to be deployed to ACE on February 24th, 2018.

Also scheduled to transition to ACE on December 9th is the ability to file e214’s, for FTZ admission, and
the creation and maintenance of Manufacturer ID’s (MID.

In addition to Reconciliation entries, the release scheduled for February 24th includes:
• Drawback: Support for core trade processing and
TFTEA provisions
• Liquidation
• Transition:
›Automated Surety Interface (ASI)
(Entry Summary Nightly, Entry Summary Quarterly, and Monthly Continuous Bond
• Reconciliation
• HTS Query
• eBond
› Drawback Bond Decrementation
› Continuous Bond Sufficiency

No additional ACE deployments are scheduled beyond this release at this time.

Additional Information Regarding New Electronic In-bond Requirements

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

As an update to our Blog article of October 24th, on last Thursday’s ACE Technical Call it was announced that CBP has been receiving many questions regarding the new automated in-bond requirements which are scheduled to go into effect on November.

CBP confirmed on the call that currently they are not planning on requiring any additional information on electronic In-Bonds beyond what they receive today.  For instance, the 6-digit HTS number will not be required initially.  Rather, CBP’s Office of Field Operations will be issuing guidance soon on how they intend to role this out with ‘delayed enforcement.’

Stay tuned for more details!


Modifications to PSC and PMS Processes

Monday, November 6th, 2017


Customs and Border Patrol Changes Timing



The Post Summary Correction has been modified. Out with the old requirements of 270 days from the date of entry and 20 days prior to scheduled liquidation date, and in with the new:300 days from the date of entry and 15 days from the scheduled date of liquidation (whichever is earlier).

Read the Modification and Clarification of the National Customs Automation Program Tests Regarding Post Summary Corrections Here


Changes ahead for 2018: Reconciliation Entries and ACE Transitioning

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

With the processing of reconciliation entries transitioning to ACE on February 24, 2018, we wanted to let our readers understand the practical results.  For instance:

  • ACE will be the sole mechanism to file Reconciliation entries (even if the underlying entries were filed in ACS)
  • Importers may choose the port in which to file
  • CBP will no longer blanket flag an importer’s entries for Reconciliation.  Self-filing importers, as well as those entries processed by a 3rd party broker, will need to be flagged individually.
  • You cannot file a PSC to adjust an entry to be flagged for Recon.  The only recourse is to request that CBP flag your entry retroactively.  This request must be made within 60 days of liquidation.
  • Importers indicate whether any of the underlying entries in a Reconciliation entry were subject to a prior disclosure
  • No-change Reconciliations will only need to identify the underlying entry numbers and original entered values, duties, and fees not being reported for aggregate or entry-by-entry Reconciliations.

CBP will also no longer provide the MasterFile Extract and Liquidation Extract Reports to importers that provided detail on entries flagged for Reconciliation. Importers may utilize ACE reports to identify those entry numbers going forward. For an unknown limited amount of time, ITRAC reports will also still be available; though it is likely they will be discontinued as well.

While we look forward to certain aspects of CBP’s transition of Reconciliation entries to ACE, such as the elimination of reporting of original values, duties, and fees, there are some aspects of which we are wary. In particular, because CBP can no longer blanket flag entries and will only grant retroactive requests to flag at its discretion and for a limited amount of time, it is very important to both trust and monitors your customs brokers’ entry flagging.

Importers can work with their customs brokers to enact a blanket flag, just as CBP had been doing, or if they had been entry-by-entry flagging, work with their customs brokers to mimic the conditions for which they had been previously flagging their entries. Additionally, given the glitches, we have seen when other programs have transitioned to ACE, and the fact that many Reconciliation entries are due in October, importers, and CBP should allow ample time to sort things out before the first Reconciliation due date arrives.  Read more here.

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CSMS# 17-000621 – ALL In-bonds must be filed electronically, effective Nov. 27th, 2017!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Loading DockAttention Carriers!  New CBP Requirement:  ALL In-bonds must be filed electronically, effective Nov. 27th, 2017!

As initially announced by CBP in CSMS# 17-000621 Publication of an FRN Concerning Changes to the In-Bond Process”, and the Federal Register Notice dated September 28th, effective November 27th, 2017, CBP will now require that all in-Bonds must be filed electronically, with only limited exceptions.

Under this new rule, ELECTRONIC in-bonds are required for ocean, rail, and truck merchandise, PLUS the six-digit HTS will also now be required.

The methods available to submit an in-bond are through ACE (manifest) or ABI (QP/ WP).  Read the Federal Register Notice here.

Bonded carriers and facilities can manage their own electronic filing process, and CustomsNow can assist with this transition.  We are an ACE-certified, ABI software provider with QP/WP functionality and licensed brokerage support.

The benefits of electronic in-bond filing with CustomsNow are:

  • In-bond Management:  Create, update and/or arrive in-Bonds electronically
  • Visibility:  See real-time in-bond, PTT, CBP status results in seconds
  • Control:  Query any in-Bond, bill of lading or airwaybill with CBP
  • Record Retention: Retain electronic results as evidence of release, arrival or export
  • Savings:   Save time and costs over manual or 3rd party processing

Please contact us today to learn more and schedule a demo.   Tel:  888-669-7501 ext. 1 (sales), or email: