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Need practice filing in ACE? CBP provides 3 opportunities in May

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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ACE: DIS capabilities and rollout explained

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

seal_aceUS Customs has just released its ACE Document Image System (DIS) Implementation Guide (draft dated April 2016).  While the guide is essentially a technical, programming document, it also outlines for the trade the capabilities DIS will provide for imports subject to certain PGA approval.

The initial phase provides basic document image submission and management capabilities. Specifically:

  • Allow Trade Partners to submit document images and associated descriptive meta data to CBP and PGAs in an automated manner using EDI communication
  • Store all submitted documents in a secure centralized CBP data store and maintain associations with related data such as Entry and Bill numbers
  • Allow authorized users to retrieve, view, and annotate documents via a web based user interface
  • Provide basic security, authorization and auditing
  • Offer back-end services that facilitate search and reporting capabilities to trade partnersto verify the receipt of documents
  • Provide capabilities for CBP Client Representatives to view raw received messages

Subsequent phases will provide new interfaces that allow integration of DIS image management capabilities with other systems in CBP and PGAs. These incremental phases will introduce service integration with other CBP systems and usage of DIS application capabilities by additional CBP and PGA user groups to meet business process requirements during the cargo review and release process.  For additional information, please see our recent post, “Submission of PGA forms through DIS until ACE mandatory deadlines.”

 

ACE now has Notes and Messaging Windows

Monday, April 25th, 2016

seal_aceUS Customs has recently deployed ACE functionality that improves communication with the trade on specific shipments.  Per CSMS#16-000331:

 

  • NOTES FEATURE
    • ACE now supports the ability for CBP users to transmit notes to filers about an entry.  Message to the filer are transmitted through…ABI on the S020 record.  When a note is issued, ACE will resend the latest status message along with the note from CBP.  Notes may include requests for additional data, reasons for rejection of a corrections/cancellation request, or other requests for information necessary to process the entry.  This feature is not supported for paper submissions….
  • MESSAGING WINDOW
    • ACE processing has been revised to adjust when status messages are issued to filers.  Manifest Hold or Intensive Exam status messages will not be sent any earlier than the variable release window, regardless of the mode of transportation.  Previously, some status messages were being issued outside the variable release window.  Additional information available here.

				

ACE: Open letter to NCBFAA from DHS

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

seal_aceThe Department of Homeland Security is optimistic about full ACE deployment by December 2016, and is appreciative of the assistance from NCBFAA and others in the trade in reaching that goal.

 

Open Letter to the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America

From Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security and Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield, Department of Health and Human Services

 

Just over two years ago, President Obama issued Executive Order 13659, Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses.  This Executive Order set an ambitious deadline of December 2016 for deployment of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), otherwise known as the “Single Window.”

As many of you are well aware, efforts to develop the ITDS were underway for decades but were mired in the challenges unfortunately all too common in projects of such size and complexity.  It is in this context that the progress made in just the last two years is all the more impressive.  Business users are currently filing approximately 92% of entry summary requirements in the Single Window and Cargo Release volumes have soared from low 40% figures to a record high of 70% in just the last several weeks.  The numbers reflect a significant uptick in adoption by many of the largest filers and active testing and engagement from thousands of smaller businesses.

We want to share our appreciation for the incredible amount of work that has gone into this effort to-date and the commitment demonstrated by government agencies and private sector partners alike.  The record of collaboration and engaged dialogue among the diverse group of public and private sector stakeholders is impressive.  Associations like the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) have played a vital role in educating their members about the new system and encouraging participation in pilots and other key activities. As important, NCBFAA and other industry users have not only identified problems, but worked collaboratively with government agencies to develop and rapidly implement effective solutions.  Modifications to mandatory deadlines and added flexibilities for certain data elements are two recent examples of this partnership.  It is clear that the engagement and expertise from the filers who will ultimately rely on the system remain one of the most critical elements of success.

Deploying an effective ITDS remains a top priority for the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, and for many other U.S. agencies and the Administration on a whole.  Looking forward, successful implementation of the President’s Executive Order will be judged by not only the December 2016 delivery of a fully operational Single Window, but by the extent to which that system serves as a platform of continued collaboration between government agencies and business in the future.  Thank you again to the NCBFAA and its membership and to the range of other business advisory groups that continue to support this important modernization effort.

More information about ITDS, including technical documentation, a list of upcoming outreach events, and guidance on how to participate in an ITDS pilot are available at http://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated.

ACE is FDA-ready!

Friday, April 1st, 2016

fdalogoAs announced in yesterday’s Federal Register:

  • CBP and FDA have determined that ACE is capable of accepting FDA-regulated electronic entries in ACE via the FDA PGA Message Set and are concluding the Message Set test, effective May 2, 2016.
  • Despite the FDA test concluding, CBP is not, at this time, decommissioning the ACS for transmitting FDA data. Nonetheless, ACE is capable of accepting FDA-regulated electronic entries and CBP encourages all importers of merchandise regulated by the FDA to now use ACE for their electronic filings. Making the transition to ACE now will benefit the filing community when ACE will become the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for these filings

CBP to pursue enforcement against ACE 3/31 deadline violators

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

 

As posted on our website, a new ACE deadline takes effect tomorrow:

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Mandatory use of ACE for electronic entry summaries, associated with the following entry types: 01, 03, 11, 23, 51 and 52 without PGA data. Electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries associated with data for APHIS Lacey Act or NHTSA.

 

CBP is taking this deadline seriously with the promise of enforcement.  Per CSMS #16-000239:

 

 

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) on February 29, 2016 (81 FR 10264) advising the trade that effective March 31, 2016 ACE is the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized by the Commissioner of CBP for processing certain electronic entry and entry summary filings.
  • CBP will be monitoring transactions in ACS to ensure that electronic filers are submitting transactions in compliance with the February 29 Notice.   Any filer found not to be filing in ACE per the terms of the February 29 Notice will be notified to cease and desist.
  • If the filer continues to file in ACS in violation of the terms of the February 29 Notice, CBP will avail itself of any enforcement actions available.

Please see our ACE Overview page for additional information.

ACE: The trade can finally reset inactive TAUs & PTAOs on its own

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

seal_acePer CSMS #16-000236:

Effective today, ACE Trade Account Owners (TAOs) will have the ability to reset an inactive Trade Account User (TAU) account and an inactive Proxy Trade Account Owner (PTAO) account using the following instructions:

*TAO User: Reset an Inactive TAU Account*

1. Login to your ACE TAO Account.

2. Select the Tools tab. The User Access page with the list of users associated with the TAO account displays.

3. Select the TAU account hyperlink. The Account User Information page displays. Verify the Trade Account User radio button is selected.

4. Select the Continue button. The Single Sign-on Partner Access page displays. This page contains the new Reset Password and Activate Account button.

5. Select the Reset Password and Activate Account button.

6. Select the OK button to verify the “Are you sure you want to reset password and activate this user account?” message.

A message displays to indicate the “Request to Reset Password and Activate Account has been submitted. Please allow 10 minutes for this process to complete”.

Note: You will receive an email from aceuserservice@cbp.dhs.gov. Select the hyperlink for the new password.

Note: You will be required to Enter the Shared Secret. Your ACE account ID is the Shared Secret. You will now be able to login to your TAU account.

*TAO User: Reset an Inactive PTAO Account*

1. Login to your ACE TAO Account.

2. Select the Tools tab. The User Access page with the list of Users associated with the TAO account displays.

3. Select the PTAO account hyperlink. The Account User information page displays. Verify the Proxy Trade Account Owner radio button is selected.

4. Select the Continue button. The Single Sign-on Partner Access page displays. This page contains the new Reset Password and Activate Account button.

5. Select the Reset Password and Activate Account button.

6. Select the OK button to verify the “Are you sure you want to reset password and activate this user account?” message.

A message displays to indicate the “Request to Reset Password and Activate Account has been submitted. Please allow 10 minutes for this process to complete”.

Note: You will receive an email from aceuserservice@cbp.dhs.gov. Select the hyperlink for the new password.

Note: You will be required to Enter the Shared Secret. Your ACE account ID is the Shared Secret. You will now be able to login to your PTAO account.

 

ACE Cargo Release: CBP to resolve FDA/CBP HTS dilemma this summer

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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While the launch of ACE is transforming and modernizing the way the trade does business, the process is not without its hiccups.  US Customs just acknowledged a significant glitch — an inconsistency between the number of HTS codes that CBP and FDA permit in a single line in entries.  The good news is that the agencies are addressing the issue and expect resolution this summer.

 

 

Per CSMS #16-000233:

  • Cargo Release was designed in the same manner as Entry summary to allow the transmission of up to 8 HTS codes within a single CBP line. FDA cannot accept entries where within a single CBP line there is more than one HTS code with FDA data. Both CBP and FDA are aware of the issue.
  • In order to submit FDA data properly, trade must provide only one HTS code with FDA data on each CBP line. In this manner FDA can accept up to 999 CBP lines per entry. CBP and FDA will be working on this issue to enhance system capability and allow for trade to submit multiple HTS codes with FDA lines on a single CBP line. Work is currently underway to complete this functionality by mid to late Summer 2016.

Updates to ACE reporting functionality

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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From US Customs’ March 2016 ACE Monthly Trade Update:

On February 15, 2016, CBP retired infrequently used ACE Reports to finalize the transition to the new workspace model for all report users. Users were informed that their “Shared” and “My Favorites” folders would not be impacted by this change. CBP also mentioned to users that if they wished to maintain access to any of the reports scheduled for retirement, they could do so by saving a copy of the report to the “Shared” and “ My Favorites” folders for future use.

In addition, CBP redesigned the “Home” tab with a new ACE Home Landing page with hyperlinks enabling trade to quickly access ACE reports, training information, and view the latest updates and find helpful tips. The “Documents” tab was also updated and the “Account Management,” “Account Revenue,” “Entry Summary,” “Multi-Modal Manifest,” and “Transactions” folders were removed and replaced by the “ACE Home,” “Trade Workspaces,” and “Training” folders. The new reports folder structure combines all available report types by account view, using a new tabular format which groups by data universe name.

A document listing all the Retired ACE Reports is available here.

ACE Cargo Release: Some original paperwork still required for now

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

paperstackACE is moving the trade to its long-stated goal of paperless processing.  To that end, filers must submit supporting documentation via ACE’s Document Image System (DIS).  However, some PGAs, for the time being, will require submission of original paper documents.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport “is working to standardize the receiving and processing or physical paper documents for ACE Cargo Release Entries” via specifically labelled “ACE” drop-boxes at the ports.  In addition, there are specific requirements imposed for the cover sheets that accompany the physical papers.  Details are available here:  LA&LB Ports Interim Procedures Regarding Paper Documents for ACE Cargo Release Entries.

As a reminder, LA/LB has also established a process for submission of original paperwork for live entries.