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New! ONE USG message in ACE includes notice of both CBP and PGA entry releases

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015


On October 31, in support of the ACE Single Window Initiative, US Customs deployed functionality for the new “ONE USG” entry status notification. This alert indicates that an entry has been released by CBP and any applicable Partner Government Agencies (“PGA”).

For filers (brokers or direct filing importers), receipt of the ONE USG message will be the first time that a single source will identify whether a shipment has cleared CBP and all other PGAs.  The ONE USG message is an entry level status message, replacing the “paperless” message but also covering the PGA release confirmation.  Therefore, importers will now know, definitively, that their products can be shipped out to their respective customers or used in their manufacturing processes.

On the other hand, carriers will still rely on the 1C message to confirm release the goods.  The 1C is posted as soon as the ONE USG message is received by the filer.  Other bonded facilities (e.g. warehouses) now also have the ability to view the 1C message with an ACE Cargo Query, using an ACE-certified ABI software solution such as CustomsNow™ CQS.  This process will replace the paper 3461, which is now obsolete.

It’s important to note that a 1C disposition code will also be posted once CBP has releases a shipment, even if the PGA has ordered that the shipment be held intact (“Hold Intact”) pending further review.   The PGA will instruct the filer of such a hold, via an entry level messages, to “Hold Intact” the cargo at their chosen facility while they conduct a review.

The below illustrates when a release will, or will not, be posted to an import shipment (click to enlarge): entry hold types

ACE reporting now enhanced — watch CBP’s webinar

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

seal_aceLast week,  US Customs held a webinar on the ACE Reports User Interface, which provides a brief overview of the upcoming enhancements to ACE reports, including a new home page, revised training resources page, and a more intuititive navigational structure, scheduled to deploy on October 31, 2015.

That webinar has been recorded and is now available on CBP’s website on demand.  For access, click here.


Take the ACE survey

Monday, October 26th, 2015




From US Customs’ CSMS #15-000797:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) invites you to take the 2015 Trade ACE User Satisfaction Survey. We want feedback on your overall satisfaction with the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and newly deployed capabilities. Your feedback will provide valuable insight into the operational benefits of ACE, and help identify areas that need improvement. Please provide additional comments that explain your responses, if applicable. Your responses allow CBP to identify areas of success and areas for improvement. It also helps CBP prioritize development efforts and improve communications with ACE users.

All comments are welcome and appreciated. Your participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Survey closes at midnight of November 9, 2015.

CBP: Document Image System 101

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Per US Customs’ CSMS #15-000791, CBP has issued a new document — ACE Basics:  Document Image System.  It provides an overview of what DIS is, how the process works, how to submit documents, and how to process submissions.   This overview is part of a comprehensive overview of DIS on Customs’ website, including technical, reference and support information.

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Register now for the 2015 East Coast Trade Symposium

Friday, October 16th, 2015

eastcoasttradesymposiumFrom US Customs’ CSMS 15-000771:

Registration is now open for US Customs’ East Coast Trade Symposium on Nov. 4-5, 2015 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. This year’s East Coast Trade Symposium will provide an in-depth look at Transforming Global Trade. A keynote address will be given by CBP Commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske, as well as presentations by other distinguished guests.

Topics will include:

  • The United States Single Window: Border Reimagined
  • Trade Facilitation Agreement: Opportunities and Responsibilities
  • North American Perspective: A Customs View
  • Global Supply Chain

To register online, click the following links:

Space is limited and on a first-come-first serve basis.

For more information, please visit the event’s webpage.

ACE: It’s for exports, too!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015


While much of the fanfare over ACE relates to importing, exporters will also see significant changes.  From US Customs’ October 2015 ACEopedia:


  • Export capabilities in ACE will incorporate those of the legacy Automated Export System (AES), while establishing a single automated processing platform for all export commodity, manifest, and licensing data (not to overlap with USXPORTS functionality*).
  • Export functionality in ACE will enable CBP and Partner Government Agency (PGA) processing needs to be met for all modes of transportation (air, rail, sea and truck), and support the President’s National Export Initiative and Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. By working with partner software vendors, exporters will be able to interface with ACE to file all necessary export data and supplementary information.


  • Migration of commodity filing system, AES, to new ACE platform moves closer toward a Single Window filing system for import and export data
  • Incorporates Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) license control updates to include State Department licenses now under the authority of BIS
  • Incorporates Census regulatory changes, for which enforced compliance went into effect on October 3, 2014


  • All Modes – Ability to accept and process commodity data
  • Air, Rail & Ocean – Manifest processing**


  • Transition of AESDirect into ACE
* USXPORTS is an interagency program established by Department of Defense to address export license processing.


** Trade members interested in participating in the export manifest pilots should reference the Federal Register Notices (FRNs). FRNs have been published for the initiation of ocean and air export manifest pilots. The FRN for the rail export manifest pilot is currently pending. 


Stay current — CBP posts new, updated ACE information

Monday, October 5th, 2015



Per CSMS #15-000733, CBP has issued its August-September 2015 ACE Monthly Trade Update, which updates the ACE Mandatory Use Dates webpage, ACE Development and Deployment Schedule, and Partner Government Agency documentation (PGA) available on The updated ACE information, with links, includes:

  • The ACE Mandatory Use Dates webpage provides details on the updated dates for the trade transition to filing entry, entry summary, and PGA data in ACE and the decommissioning of the corresponding entry and entry summary processing functionality in legacy ACS.
  • The ACE Development and Deployment Schedule provides details on when upcoming ACE capabilities will be developed and deployed into the ACE production environment.
  • The ACE PGA Forms List provides the PGA form names and data descriptions required at the time of entry and entry summary filing for the ACE Mandatory Use Dates, and identifies the method of submission used by the trade community to electronically transmit PGA information to ACE.
  • The ACE ITDS PGA Pilot Rollout Plan and Schedule document lists the ports associated with the ACE PGA Pilots.
  • The List of DIS Forms Available and/or Required at Entry,sneaker Post Release, and Export documents provides a list of DIS forms that are available and/or required for the February 28, 2016 ACE Mandatory Use Date.

For even more information on this topic, see CustomsNow™’s ACE Resource page.

ACE: Help CBP with cargo release functionality for NHTSA, DEA imports

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

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US Customs has announced two more opportunities for the trade to assist with the ACE rollout as it relates to Partner Government Agencies (PGAs).

  • CBP seeks additional participants to file ACE Cargo Release transactions that require National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data to be submitted.  Details available in CSMS #15-000691.
  • The International Trade Data System (ITDS) Committee of the Trade Support Network (TSN) is creating a working group to discuss the technical solution and data elements to be required by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in new cargo release and control functionality in ACE.  Details available in CSMS #15-000692.


Critical ACE deadline pushed back

Monday, August 31st, 2015



As anticipated, US Customs has extended by four months the time by which importers must file all electronic entries and entry summaries in ACE.  Note, however, that CBP has emphasized that the originally published deadline for the complete cut-over to ACE from ACS  is holding fast:  ”We would like to reiterate that the [extended] transition period does not impact our December 2016 deadline for full implementation of the Single Window via ACE.”

From CSMS #15-000664:

Nov 1, 2015: Beginning of a transition period for electronic entry and entry summary filings in ACE to allow industry and participating government agencies more time to test and provide feedback as they fully transition into the new system. Use of ACE is allowed and encouraged for electronic entry and corresponding entry summary filings for entry types 01, 03, 11, 51, and 52 with or without PGA data.

Feb 28, 2016: At this time, filers will only be permitted to file in ACE, and no longer permitted to file in ACS, all electronic entries and entry summaries. In addition, electronic FDA, NHTSA, and APHIS (Lacey) data must be filed in ACE, and ACS will no longer be available.

July 2016: Upon publication of the Final Rule, ACE must be used for filing AMS, APHIS Core, ATF, CDC, DCMA, DDTC, DEA E&C, EPA, FSIS, FWS*, NMFS and TTB data. Hybrid submissions will no longer be allowed.* This requirement for FWS is contingent on FWS having its regulatory revisions in place by the July 2016 publication of the CBP Final Rule eliminating hybrid filings.

ACE: TSN seeks members for working group on CPSC cargo release pilot

Monday, August 31st, 2015


The International Trade Data System (ITDS)  Committee of the Trade Support Network (TSN), an advisory board of trade representatives that provides guidance to US Customs on ACE issues, is seeking members of the trade to form a working group to discuss a technical solution to be used by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in the pilot to test the new cargo release and control functionality of ACE/ITDS.

You must apply by this Friday, September 4.  See CSMS #15-000642 for details.