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CBP Makes Move to ACE for Sea and Rail Manifest

Release Date: 
March 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced a Federal Register notice that will implement the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) after a six month transition period. ACE will be the only CBP-approved electronic data interchange system for filing required advance ocean and rail cargo information to the agency. The notice posted to the federal register yesterday.

"This achievement is a result of the dedicated teamwork between CBP, the private sector, and participating government partners," said CBP Acting Commissioner, David V. Aguilar. "ACE is part of the CBP modernization process that is essential to facilitating trade and security, speeding the flow of commerce into the country."

Although the present Automated Manifest System will continue to operate during the transition period and may still be used in the normal course of business for other purposes, it will no longer be available for purposes related to transmitting to CBP required advance ocean and rail cargo information.

ACE is a multi-year project to modernize the business processes essential to securing U.S. borders, speeding the flow of legitimate shipments, and targeting illicit goods. ACE is a key part of CBP's layered defense to facilitate trade and border security. CBP will continue to work with the affected trade community to ensure a complete and efficient transition to ACE.

For more information on ACE go to the CBP website or follow us on Twitter @customsborder #CBPACE