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ACE reporting: CBP publishes updates for protest filers and more

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

seal_aceWith the postponement of the deployment of ACE post-entry functionality, shippers now have some time to familiarize themselves with US Customs’ recent update of ACE reporting capabilities.

Specifically, the ACE Reports Team has recently deployed a new ACE Reports Workspace for Protest Filer Accounts and published new and updated ACE Reports documentation available in the “View ACE Reports Training Resources” page of the ACE Reports tool. The new report workspace and reference materials have been deployed to enhance user understanding of ACE Reports and support new enhancement made to the ACE Secure Data Portal. The new and updated items include:

  • New Protest Filer Workspace – The new Protest Filer workspace provides users access to the newly developed Protest Data Universe and the ES-403 Protest Details Report.
  • New ACE Reports Catalog for Trade Version 2016 -10 – This document provides a comprehensive inventory of all public “canned” reports currently available in ACE Reports.
  • Updated ACE Reports User Guide for Trade Version 1.1 (November 2016) – This user guide describes the steps to follow for viewing, modifying, and creating reports using the updated ACE Reports interface.

To access the new Protest Filer Workspace and review the ACE reports reference materials posted on the “View ACE Reports Training Resources” page, navigate to the “Home” tab from the ACE Reports tool. For more information on running ACE Reports, please see our series of ACE Reports Quick Training Videos on the “ACE Reports Training and User Guides” page of for step-by-step instructions on getting started with ACE Reports.

Breaking news! CBP postpones deployment of Jan 14 ACE post-entry functionality

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017



From CSMS #17-000009:


Notice Regarding ACE – Postponement of the January 14 deployment
  • This notice is with regard to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
  • The January 14, 2017, deployment of post release capabilities including  liquidation (with the exception of the electronic posting of the Notices of Liquidation on, drawback, reconciliation, duty deferral, collections, statements and the Automated Surety Interface will be postponed.  However, pursuant to the Final Rule published on December 12, 2016, CBP will post the Notices of Liquidation on effective January 14, 2017, as planned.
  • In consideration of stakeholder feedback and the complexity of the ongoing integration testing, CBP is providing additional time to prepare for the final core ACE deployment and ensure a smooth transition of liquidation, drawback, reconciliation, duty deferral, collections, statements and Automated Surety Interface capabilities in ACE. CBP will provide updated information and a new deployment date in the near future.
Office of Trade Relations, Office of the Commissioner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

ACE: Recon “blanket flagging” to be discontinued on Jan 14

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017


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Attention recon filers!  Effective January 14, US Customs will no longer apply ‘Blanket Reconciliation Flagging’ to entry summaries.  CBP has left it up to the importers and their brokers.  As a result, all reconciliation flagging must be done on an entry-by-entry basis.

Failure to do so will require importers to submit 520(d)s, post-summary corrections or prior disclosures to correct issues that are otherwise handled by reconciliation.

By way of background, CBP announced in the December 12, 2016, Federal Register that:


  • CBP is streamlining the process for blanket flagging underlying entries for reconciliation.
  • Under the existing process, importers provided CBP a request asking that CBP input and apply a blanket flag to all underlying entries filed by the importer for a specific time period. Importers also identified the specific issue(s) for which they requested that CBP input and apply the requested blanket flag.
  • This document announces that effective January 14, 2017, importers no longer will submit requests asking that CBP apply a blanket flag on their behalf. Instead, importers may input and apply a blanket flag themselves. Importers who use blanket flagging must continue to identify the issue(s) they are flagging.

Importers that currently benefit from blanket flagging on their recon entries should work with their customs brokers to ensure entries are flagged in accordance with the importer’s requirements.  If self-filing*, importers should ensure that their ABI software providers’ systems are programmed accordingly.

Please note that reconciliation flags are applicable ONLY to entry summary types 01, 02 and 06

 * CustomsNow self-filing clients have the ability to manage their recon flags at either the “blanket” level, or even at the Part/SKU level, a fantastic option. Learn more.

ACE: Update on PGA integration for exports

Monday, January 9th, 2017

While much of the fanfare around ACE has been on the import side, US Customs continues to work with the PGAs to complete full integration in ACE for exports. Below is a table listing all the agencies that have export data requirements, methods used to receive data in ACE, pilot availability and the required export data:

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For additional information on the integration of the PGAs for exports, please navigate to the “ACE Features” page of and click on the “PGA Integration” tab to review the ACE PGA Forms List – Export document.


Be ready for Jan 14! Updated ACE documentation posted on

Thursday, January 5th, 2017




With the deployment of complete ACE core processing on January 14, you should check out US Customs’ recently posted new and updated information concerning ACE and PGAs on, including:


ACE: Full core trade processing, including post-entry, deploys January 14!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017


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US Customs is preparing to deploy capabilities that will complete the delivery of core trade processing in ACE. The date for the deployment and mandatory transition of these capabilities will be January 14, 2017.

The capabilities in the deployment include: drawback, duty deferral, liquidation, collection, statements, and reconciliation. Please note: Importer Security Filing (ISF) is transitioning on January 14 as well. Beginning January 14, 2017 transactions supporting these capabilities must be filed in and processed through ACE. Submissions to CBP’s legacy system, the Automated Commercial System (ACS), will no longer be supported.

Full details on the transition of each of the capabilities, reference materials, and technical documentation are available on CBP’s website through the following links:


For details on what specific applications are transitioning from ACS to ACE and what transactions and queries will no longer be available, please reference CBP’s ACS to ACE Application Transition Plan. Any items on the spreadsheet marked January 2017 will no longer be available beginning January 14 2017, including items under ‘Scheduled to Transition’, ‘Available in ACS and ACE’, and ‘Will Not Transition’.

Please note:
  • The January 14, 2017 deployment does not include Manufacturer ID Add (MID), as this capability must be deployed at the same time as Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Admissions (e214s). Details on these capabilities will be made available through future communications.
  • The ACE Product Code query will be removed from and no longer supported in ACE.
  • For further details on CBP’s transition to ACE, visit the ACE Mandatory Use Dates page, or reference the ACE Entry Summary Business Process Document for policy and business process flows.
  • For technical support during the transition, contact your company’s assigned Client Representative. During the deployment period Client Representatives will have access to additional headquarters policy, operations and technical personnel to expedite any transition issues. More details on this additional support will be made available in early January.
  •  Reports in support of the capabilities being deployed will be made available after January 14, 2017. After deployment of capabilities into production, additional time is needed to migrate and synchronize legacy data to ensure accuracy of data prior to reports being made available. More details will follow as various reports become available.




ACE Availability Dashboard keeps filers up-to-date

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

US Customs’ ACE Availability Dashboard provides a visual graphic of the current status of all ACE Application Servers and presents key availability and business metrics to all members of the international trade community, PGAs, and software developers.

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The ACE Availability Dashboard can be reviewed daily to determine if ACE is operating normally, has experienced degraded performance and slowed down, or becomes unavailable due to network, component, or other system failures.

Past week, month, and quarter statistics are also available on the dashboard tool. CBP will also publish any additional announcements communicated via CSMS concerning the availability of ACE on this page.


FDA/CBP webinar on FDA supplemental guidance for ACE on 12/13

Thursday, December 8th, 2016




FDA and CBP will host a webinar on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm Eastern Time.  The purpose of the webinar is to review updates to FDA’s Supplemental Guidance for ACE Version 2.5 and the related PGA Samples.  The link to the FDA Supplemental Guide and Samples will be posted to and a “Supplemental CSMS” will be issued with that link as soon as possible.


To participate in this webinar:

Join by phone

  • Local: 1-301-796-7777
  • toll free: 1-855-828-1770
  • Cisco Unified Meeting Place meeting ID: 745 429 430

Or click here and join by phone once you are on WebEx


ACE: CustomNow’s Nic Adams on FDA’s new final rule on import entry

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016



The FDA just published a Final Rule in the Federal Register regarding requirements for the submission of information to the ACE.

It is now mandated that select data elements be submitted into ACE at the time of entry for FDA-regulated articles to include foods, human and animal drugs, medical devices, biological products, human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps), radiation-emitting electronic products, cosmetics, and tobacco products.

Nic Adams, Vice President of Client Services of CustomsNow, with over 30 years of strong customs compliance and global supply chain industry experience, adds the following commentary:

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Nic Adams

  • Much of the new rule is codifying the way things are today.  But it also shows the interplay between the FDA, who many would say did a ‘data grab’ with FDA message set, and the trade.  And, it clarifies the changes from the old process and the new.  Many are pretty exciting for us that have been battling/frustrated with the FDA for many, many years.
  • The fact that FDA is moving to a risk-based system is something the trade has been clamoring for over many years.  And to let the system make the determination in the majority of instances vs an FDA employee speeds things up greatly.
    • The average time for an FDA-reviewer to manually review and issue a “May Proceed” determination in ACS from August 27 to October 22, 2015, was about 28 hours and that has been reduced to under 2 hours in ACE
  • FDA rejected comments that it should make Device Listing Numbers (LSTs) publicly available, and decline to make the requested revisions to the requirement to submit the LST (i.e., permit the use of “UNK” instead of the LST).  This is problematic because importers often do not have access to this information at the time of entry.  But it appears that FDA erred on the side of keeping LSTS confidential: “The confidentiality of LSTs serves important public health interests and helps to prevent the importation of substandard, mislabeled, and counterfeit medical devices.”
  • It’s quite surprising that no one commented on radiation emitting devices.  I would have also requested that the registration information be made available to the public, but FDA probably would have used the same argument as they did with LSTs.
  • FDA has revised § 1.90 to allow FDA to provide notice of sampling directly rather than through the “collector of customs” which will normally happen through a secure electronic system.  No more waiting for your detention notice to show up in the mail!  Very nice.




ACE: CBP offers free webinars on reconciliation (recon) starting this week

Monday, December 5th, 2016


CBP’s Office of Trade will be hosting a free webinar series starting Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:30pm, EST. The purpose of the webinars is to answer any questions from the trade regarding Reconciliation and its transition from ACS to ACE. Please click on the following links to register:

  • 12/8 1:30pm EST: Register here
  • 12/15 1:30pm EST: Register here
  • 12/22 1:30pm EST: Register here

Additionally, CustomsNow™ offers a reconciliation service using our advanced, ACE-certified technology.  You decide how much or how little help you need with the filings. Then CustomsNow™ completes the transmission and submission to CBP.  Learn more.