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Conversion to ACE – CBP Grants Additional Time

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on August 31, 2015 its plans to extend the mandatory ACE filing deadline.

This was in reaction to various trade committees and associations expressing concerns with the November 1, 2015 mandate to use ACE as the system of record for cargo release and associated entry summaries.  CBP reminded the trade community that it cannot slow down its preparations to meet the new deadline.

Effective February 28, 2016, all entries must be filed in ACE for cargo release and for entry summary.  In addition, any entries that include Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Lacey Act declarations must be filed in ACE.  Remaining partner government agency (PGA) information must be submitted to ACE by July 2016.

CBP reports an increase in the number of filers utilizing ACE, yet in July, only 16 percent of filers transmitted for ACE Cargo Release, and only 54 percent of filers transmitted to ACE for Entry Summary.  Schenker is filing both cargo release and entry summary, so our clients can be assured that we are prepared to meet the deadline.

Entry Summary – For many months, Schenker has been filing 100 percent of eligible entry summaries via ACE.  We will convert the remaining entry types when CBP deploys them.  These include foreign trade zone (FTZ), bonded warehouse, and temporary import bond (TIB) entries.

ACE Cargo Release – Schenker is actively expanding participation at all branches to file all eligible entries  in ACE Cargo Release.  We have implemented remote location filing (RLF) entries for ACE Cargo Release, which CBP just recently deployed.

Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) – CBP and the PGAs issued a pilot schedule to begin on August 19th and proceed in a four-phase approach through September 24th.    While Phase I was limited in the eligible PGAs and ports of entry, additional PGAs and ports of entry will begin deployed throughout the pilots.  Schenker is currently preparing for the implementation of filing entries with PGA data.

Document Imaging System (DIS) – Although many agencies will receive electronic data from the CBP entry, some forms will still need to be submitted, requiring filers to scan and upload documents to the ACE Document Imaging System (DIS).  Schenker has begun utilizing ABI for the submission of such documents, replacing the email method of submission to DIS.

As an early participant in the various ACE capabilities, Schenker’s approach to implementing functionalities as CBP deploys them has permitted us to make the conversion by layering the learning process.  Our personnel have been able to absorb and understand the changes over time rather than all at once.  If you have any questions about how these developments impact your customs entries and processes, please contact your local Schenker brokerage office.

Last modified: 02.09.2015

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