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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

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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.

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

 

DIS: Recent program updates now include new email protocol

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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In addition to the recent updating of the Document Image System (DIS) Implementation Guide, US Customs is streamlining the DIS email process.

Per CSMS #16-000370:

The [DIS] is transitioning to only one email box (docs@cbp.dhs.gov) and one format for most email submissions to DIS. Please review the DIS Implementation Guide on cbp.gov for proper email box, format, document codes, and document labels. Beginning May 28, 2016, Trade participants will no longer be allowed to submit emails to the following emails boxes: CEE-DOCUMENT-SUBMISSION@cbp.dhs.gov and SimplfiedEntryDocs@cbp.dhs.gov.

Additional information available here.

ACE: CBP publishes revised DIS guide

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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In follow up to our recent post about US Customs’ publication of a draft Document Image System (DIS) Implementation Guide, there has been an update.  CBP has now revised the document and it is no longer in draft form.

The DIS Implementation Guide contains new document labels and codes for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Department of State’s Office of Marine Conservation (OMC).  These additions are reflected in the Table of Changes and Appendix A.

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.