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CBP updates 3 key ACE tools!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


New ACE Documentation published on

  • ACEopedia - This document contains details on current ACE features and their benefits, as well as details on what new features are currently being developed
  • ACE Development and Deployment Schedule - The documents provides details on when upcoming capabilities will be developed and deployed in ACE, and includes a list of changes made to this update.
  • ACE PGA Forms List - This document provides PGA data requirements and methods for submission of data in ACE.

Helpful ACE reports to measure trade compliance

Monday, October 24th, 2016



New to ACE reports?  Finding them difficult to navigate?  Here are some suggestions to help keep your company and your broker(s) compliant with trade laws.

The canned reports in ACE are an excellent place to start:

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Of these, the AM 008, Entry Summary Line Detail Report, is particular helpful for managing imports.  There is a significant level of detail, so it is especially helpful if you oversee multiple IORs, allowing you to compare volume, ports of entry, HTS codes, etc.  Additionally, it serves as a robust tool to support internal audits.

Also beneficial to grab a snapshot of import activity are:

  • AM 009, Summary of Mfr Code by Value Report
    • This report can be used to determine the total dollar amount imported from individual manufacturers and can assist in monitoring contractors.
    • It can also be used as a starting point for C-TPAT review of suppliers.
  • AM 010 - Summary of HTS Nbrs by Value Report
    • This report can be used to monitor Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number(s) use by filer and to detect systemic problems in classification or use of special trade programs.

For additional resources, please see our recent blog post on this topic, as well as CBP’s resource page on ACE reporting.


How is ACE doing? Pretty well, it seems

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Here are some analytics on the state of ACE from US Customs’ September 2016 ACE Monthly Trade Update.  Of note:

  • Nearly 100% of ACE core capabilities have been deployed, with only 12% remaining for post-release functionality.
  • 3.4 million FDA cargo release entries were transmitted.
  • There were 62,000 active trade ACE portal users, up from 12,500 in FY15.






ACE reports: New functionality to assist protest filers

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Protest filers are truly benefitting from ACE.  In addition to the proposed conversion of the Notice of Liquidation process to a paperless one, US Customs has also launched a new workspace for protest filers in ACE reports.

  • The workspace provides Protest Filers with access to the newly developed Protest data universe and the ES-403 Protest Details report.  This standard “canned” report provides detailed protest information including: Protest Filer Number, Protest Filer Name, Protest Number, Number of Entries, Protest Status, Protest Assigned Team Number, and much more.
  • The ES-403 report can be modified by users wishing to add or remove columns of data.  Protest filers will also be able to create custom ad hoc reports using the Protest universe.

CBP has posted short training videos that provide step-by-step information on getting started with ACE Reports.

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CBP: Notice of Liquidation process to leave the Stone Age

Friday, October 14th, 2016



Protest filers rejoice! As part of the ACE modernization process, US Customs is proposing to convert the cumbersome, paper-based Notice of Liquidation process to a more efficient paperless electronic system.

In today’s Federal Register, CBP has announced a proposal to post official notice of liquidation for all entries, including entries filed in paper form, as well as official notices regarding the extension or suspension of liquidation, at

This proposed electronic posting will replace both the physical posting or lodging of bulletin notices in the customhouse as the legal evidence of liquidation and the mailed notices of extension or suspension as official notice.


Some details:

  • The information will instead be accessible via a conspicuous link on the, labeled “Bulletin Notices of Liquidation. “
  • The electronic bulletin notices will be searchable on the CBP Web site by 10 data elements, such as entry number, IOR number, filer, etc.
  • The liquidation information posted electronically will be updated daily.
  • The information will be available on for a minimum of 15 months.
  • Electronic filers, using their ACE Portal Account, will be able to access historical liquidation information that is no longer available on the CBP Web site, run queries for information on recent liquidations, extensions, and suspensions, run targeted reports to conduct in-house audits, identify systemic errors, and more.

The public comment period on this proposed regulatory change is open until November 14, 2016.

Register now for CBP’s East Coast Trade Symposium in December

Thursday, October 13th, 2016



US Customs has rescheduled its 2016 East Coast Trade Symposium for December 1 and 2 in Arlington, Virginia.  (The change of date was due to the recent extension of ACE post-entry functionality deadlines to early 2017).  This year’s theme is ”Trade’s Impact on American Health, Safety and Economic Prosperity.”  To register, and for additional information, visit CBP’s symposium page.

CBP leveraging new ACE data tools to improve processes, risk management

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

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From our friends at the NCBFAA:

The ACE Business Office recently announced that the next focus of US Customs, as the remaining functionality of ACE is deployed, is how to best use the data tools that ACE provides.  The new technology will help CBP:

  • Facilitate processes
  • Promote more effective risk management
  • Keep moving towards goal of single window initiative

As for PGAs, the trade has noted that “more than 99 percent of goods inspected by some agencies are eventually let through, indicating that there’s room to improve targeting.”  However, there have already been notable improvements with FDA by having access to more import data via ACE:

  • Doubling of “may proceeds”
  • Decrease of document requests

Read the full article here.


LA trade professionals: Join the WITOC Industry User Group on ACE on Oct 20

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


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ACE: Watch CBP’s post entry webinars on recon, drawback and more

Thursday, October 6th, 2016


US Customs hosted several webinars in August 2016 that provided information on the developments of post entry capabilities in ACE. The recorded webinars posted to include:

  • Reconciliation Technical Webinar – August 4, 2016
    • The webinar focused on reconciliation functionality and provided an opportunity for developers and programmers to submit questions to ACE Business Office subject matter experts.
    • Webinar Recording | Transcript
  • Drawback Technical Webinar – August 9, 2016
    • The webinar focused on drawback functionality and provided an opportunity for developers and programmers to submit questions to ACE Business Office subject matter experts.
    • Webinar Recording | Transcript
  • Drawback Business Webinar – August 11, 2016
    • The webinar focused on Drawback policy and provided an opportunity for members of the trade to submit questions to ACE Business Office subject matter experts.
    • Webinar Recording | Transcript
  • Liquidation Software Developer Webinar – August 16, 2016
    • The webinar focused on liquidation functionality and provided an opportunity for developers and programmers to submit questions to ACE Business Office subject matter experts.
    • Webinar Recording | Transcript
  • Protest Demonstration Webinar – August 23, 2016
    • The webinar provided an overview of Protest functionality deployed on August 27, 2016. The webinar also provided background information on the ACE Protest Module, a demonstration of the Trade’s view of the ACE Protest Portal, and facilitated Q&As for ACE Protest.
    • Webinar Recording | Transcript
  • Reconciliation Demonstration Webinar – August 24, 2016
    • The webinar focused on reconciliation functionality and provided an opportunity for members of the trade, developers, and programmers to submit questions to ACE Business Office subject matter experts.
    • Webinar Recording Transcript

To review previous webinars or download additional presentation materials, please visit the “ACE Outreach Events for Trade” page on

ACE: PGA pilot status update

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

From US Customs’ September 2016 ACE Monthly Trade Update:

CBP continues to work with the PGAs to complete their integration in ACE. Below is a table listing all the agencies that have entry and entry summary requirements, their methods used to receive data in ACE via PGA Message Set or Document Image System (DIS), pilot availability and the commodities being piloted.

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For additional information on PGA integration and to review the interim policy guidance on the reporting of PGA data, please visit the PGA Integration and ACE PGA Forms pages of