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Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Features

ACE features modernize and streamline trade processing across all sectors. ACE capabilities cover Manifest, Cargo Release, Post Release, Export and Partner Government Agencies (PGAs).

As CBP continues to progress toward the completion of ACE, the features and benefits for both government and industry will continue to grow. By the end of 2016, ACE will be the Single Window for trade processing.

These resources provide information about ACE, currently operational ACE capabilities and CBP's plans for future enhancements.

Applying for an ACE Portal Account

ACE currently supports the processing of rail, sea and truck electronic manifests. Electronic manifests allow the government to more quickly determine if incoming cargo poses a risk or can proceed into the country. CBP will expand ACE to include air electronic manifests in 2015.

ACE e-Manifest Rail and Sea

ACE e-Manifest Trucks

CBP is working to implement full Cargo Release functionality in ACE. Please see the documents below for more information on Cargo Release.

ACE participants can file entry summaries in ACE for Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD), Consumption, Formal, and Informal entry types (Types 01, 03, 11).  ACE Periodic Monthly Statements also allow participants to pay duties and fees on a monthly basis rather than transaction by transaction.

In April 2014, CBP deployed full export processing capabilities in ACE and decommissioned corresponding processing capabilities in the Automated Export System.

ACE is working closely with Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) to implement the Single Window, which is part of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) initiative. Key single window capabilities have been deployed, including the Document Image System (DIS), PGA Interoperability, and the PGA Message Set.

ACE logoLearn latest details on ACE implementation:

The Importance of the Single Window details the benefits of single window processing of trade.

ACEopedia details the benefits and status of all deployed ACE features as well as information on current and future development.

ACE Deployment Schedule provides a timeline of what capabilities will be built and when they will be implemented.

ACE Outreach Events Calendar shows upcoming events scheduled for the trade community.

Find additional information on ACE features.