In follow-up to last month’s post, here’s an executive summary of a recent American Shipper report, highlighting why US importers are taking control and self-filing (direct filing) their customs clearance documents.
ACE (Automated Commercial Environment)
A glitch in ACE requires filers of certain in-bond entries to contact their CBP client representatives to intervene, for the time being, to generate an arrival message.
Per CSMS #16-000731: For ACE Cargo Release entries moving in-bond from FTZ facilities to bonded warehouses, the bill of lading type “FTZ Withdrawal” doesn’t generate an arrival message which is necessary for ACE Cargo Release processing to occur. For any entries in this scenario which remain in Admissible status after successful submission and manual release by Ports if applicable, please contact your Client Rep and reference existing ticket # INC000002914731. The ACE Cargo Release team is working on an update which should be deployed to PROD by 9/9/2016. An additional CSMS will be sent when the update has been deployed.
CBP/EPA: Harmonize import entry requirements for different classes of vehicles, engines and allow e-filing of docsWednesday, August 17th, 2016
From today’s Federal Register:
In an effort to provide consistency in the administration of CBP’s vehicle and engine imports program so that importers of both road vehicles and engines, as well as stationary and nonroad engines (including engines incorporated into vehicles or equipment), are subject to the same filing and recordkeeping requirements, CBP is proposing to conform the entry filing requirements applicable to the EPA Declaration Form 3520-21 to those that currently exist for EPA Declaration Form 3520-1
CBP proposes to amend existing regulations to permit the electronic filing of EPA Declaration Forms 3520-1 and 3520-21 to CBP in the ACE or to any other CBP-authorized electronic data interchange system. (The EPA declaration forms may also still be filed with CBP in paper with a paper entry filing at the time of entry.)
The electronic transmission to CBP of EPA declaration forms will
- automate and enhance the interaction between the EPA and CBP by facilitating electronic collection, processing, sharing, and review of requisite trade data and documents during the cargo import and export process.
- provide for a quicker and more efficient clearance process and enhance CBP’s ability to conduct targeting and enforcement of importation requirements.
- permit CBP to analyze and flag problems immediately, whereas paper filings result in an ad-hoc process that requires a physical inspection by a CBP or EPA inspector.
Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before September 16, 2016.
In a further move towards trade transformation, US Customs has announced that it will begin to establish ACE Protest Filer Accounts. In addition, CBP will be testing ACE Protest Module functionality. Once complete, a party with an established Protest Filer Account will be able to submit an e-Protest to ACE for processing by CBP. There are different procedures for establishing these protest accounts, depending on whether the filing party is an existing vs. new ACE Portal Account Holder. Details are available in the Federal Register.
Excerpted from International Trade Today’s ACE Weekly News Brief (8/10/16)
- ACE filers continue to face downtime and slowdown issues worse than those encountered in the legacy Automated Commercial System, and several functionalities essential to the trade community are still unavailable, including some that were available in the legacy system before it was mostly shut down July 23, the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America said in a position paper . “Much remains to be done” before the implementation of ACE can be declared a success, with performance of some aspects of the new electronic filing regime still lagging behind that of the ACS, it said.
- Other functionalities have been “consistently communicated as essential in the ACE support from our industry,” and “should be developed and delivered in ABI immediately” regardless of whether CBP considers them to be “core” deployments, the NCBFAA said. These include automated informal entry processes, such as Section 321 in ABI, submission of CBP Form 3311 (American goods returned) in ABI, export manifest, true monthly payment via the statement, and house-bill release.
- Accompanying the letter is a list of ACE functionalities deemed essential by the NCBFAA, including improvements to “sporadic” and “confusing messaging” and One USG messages “not functioning as intended as [an] indicator that all governing agencies have concluded their interest in holding the cargo.”
Per US Customs’ CSMS #16-000674:
This message is to provide an update to obtaining a standalone Prior Notice Confirmation Number for FDA.
There are currently three ways to obtain a standalone Prior Notice Confirmation Number:
- FDA’s Prior Notice System Interface (PNSI)
- The Automated Commercial System (ACS) – the WP function
- The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) – the PE functionally
Filers can continue to transmit in BOTH ACS and ACE until a subsequent CSMS message is issued notifying the trade when ACS (WP) will be turned off. Following that date, ACE and the FDA PNSI will be the only systems available to provide a Prior Notice Confirmation Number.
FDA must receive prior notice before food is imported or offered for import into the United States. Advance notice of import shipments allows FDA, with the support of CBP, to target import inspections more effectively and help protect the nation’s food supply against terrorist acts and other public health emergencies.
Per CSMS #16-000671:
US Customs has updated and posted the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) CBP and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR) Appendix PGA to CBP.gov. Below are details of the update:
- For the PG10, for APHIS Core, codes were added (or definitions refined) for the following:
- Category Codes
- Commodity Qualifier Codes
- Commodity Characteristic Qualifiers
- For the PG14, for APHIS Core and NMFS, Type Codes were added.
From CBPs’ July 2016 ACE Monthly Trade Update:
UPDATE ON ACE REPORTS
As a result of recent enhancements to data universes in ACE Reports, CBP has developed and deployed new ACE Cargo Release reports for the trade community. ACE Report users can now run or modify the following two standard reports available in the “Cargo Release” tab of the broker and importer trade workspace:
- CR-004 – Cargo Release Line Details
- CR-005 – Cargo Release Entry Details
CBP has also posted a new series of videos on ACE Reports. These videos cover a range of topics discussed in the ACE Reports User Guide, and have been designed to provide supplemental training and support to both new and advanced ACE Reports users for all account types. Topics covered in the ACE Reports video series include:
- Accessing ACE Reports
- Setting Default Preferences
- Navigating ACE Reports
- Navigating the Workspace
- Running Standard Reports
- Saving and Exporting a Reports
- Modifying Report Queries
- Modifying Display of a Report
- Modifying Query Filters
- Creating Ad Hoc Reports
- Scheduling a Recurring Report