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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 following resources provide information about ACE that applies across features:

Guidance on Recordkeeping in ACE

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.

Benefits

  • Electronic manifests allow the government to more quickly determine if incoming cargo poses a risk or can proceed into the country
  • Reduced wait time for processing at Ports of Entry
  • Receive enhanced visibility of cargo status through new status messages

 

Technical References Support

Please find links below for technical specifications required to transmit data to CBP:

Training:

ACE Manifest FAQs

Working with representatives of trade associations, CBP has undertaken steps to simplify the entry process. The result of this work is a new reduced data set, consisting of fewer data elements to be filed for electronic submissions.

Benefits

  • Streamlined submission of data elements

  • Ability for PGA and CBP personnel to provide enhanced security, safety and compliance through faster processing

  • No longer file CBP paper form 3461

 

Technical References Support

ACE participants can file entry summaries in ACE for Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD), Consumption, Formal, and Informal entry types (Types 01, 03, 11).

Benefits

  • Reduction of electronic invoice transmissions through electronic Census overrides

  • Decreased Courier and Administrative costs through elimination of paper

  • ACE Periodic Monthly Statements also allow participants to pay duties and fees on a monthly basis rather than transaction by transaction

 

Technical References Support

In April 2014, CBP deployed full export processing capabilities in ACE and decommissioned corresponding processing capabilities in the Automated Export System. These capabilities allow the electronic filing of export information directly to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Additionally, through working with the Department of Commerce, CBP has begun transitioning the U.S. Census Bureau’s AES Direct capabilities to ACE.  Users who sign up for an ACE Portal Account and go through the requisite steps, may run self-generated reports on current and historical AES Direct data.  The next step, anticipated for late 2015, is transition of the AES Direct web interface onto ACE.

Benefits

  • File electronic export manifest data.

  • Incorporates Census Regulatory changes, for which enforced compliance has gone into effect October 3, 2014

 

Technical Reference Support
  • Export FAQs

With DIS you can electronically submit documentation needed by the Government during the import and export process.

Technical References Support
 

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.

What is a PGA pilot

A PGA Pilot is an opportunity for the trade community to work closely with CBP and the Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) as we transition filers to ACE using the PGA Message Set. CBP assists in connecting the trade with the appropriate contacts at the various PGAs and providing guidance.

Who is eligible to participate in a PGA pilot

There are no restrictions to participate in the PGA Pilot, unless specifically noted.  Filers, self-filers and software developers are all eligible to participate.  Where possible, filers should already be filing ACE Cargo Release and ACE Entry Summary transactions. 

For the purposes of PGA pilots:

  • A software developer is any company or individual that develops software to transmit ACE Entry Summary and Cargo Release data to CBP, and requires PGA message set data to be included on those transactions.
  • A filer is a broker or self-filing importer that uses their CBP assigned filer code to file Entry Summary and Cargo Release data in ACE.
  • An importer is a company or individual using a licensed Broker to file Entry Summary and Cargo Release data in ACE.Importers must work with brokers to begin filing transactions during the pilot.

What to expect from participating in a pilot

CBP and PGA technical teams will work to resolve any issues discovered during the pilot. A conference call may be held with the filer and software vendor to monitor the filer’s first ACE Cargo Release transactions with PGA Message Set data. Once a transaction has been accepted and successfully processed end-to-end, a determination will be made to engage another pilot call or allow transactions to be filed independently.

How to Participate

To prepare for pilot participation, first review the available agencies in the Pilot Status section. The “Agencies Currently Piloting” table will direct you to the correct instructions and points of contact (POCs) for each agency. Carefully review any special instructions. 

Pilot Status

The tables below provides the latest information regarding piloting status for agencies with PGA data requirements at the time of entry or entry summary.  Information is provided on the commodities available for filing, pilot types, approval processes for participating in a pilot, special pilot instructions for agencies.  For inquiries regarding Federal Register Notices, commodities, supplemental guidance documents, or other agency specific questions, agency or program contact information is also provided.  Follow the links in the table for further pilot instructions as necessary.  Please include your assigned Client Representative on all communications.

Agencies Currently Piloting

Agency or Program

Commodities Available For Filing

PGA Message Set Pilot

Document Image System Pilot

PGA-Specific Instructions

Point of Contact for General Agency Questions

AMS

All Commodities

To begin filing, please follow the General Pilot Instructions. Some transactions will require coordination with FDA. If appropriate, please follow special instructions for FDA.

Douglas.Bailey@ams.usda.gov

APHIS Core

All Commodities

To begin filing, please follow the General Pilot Instructions. Some transactions will require coordination with FDA. If appropriate, please follow special instructions for FDA.

Cindy.l.walters@aphis.usda.gov

 

APHIS Lacey Act

All Commodities

 

None. You may file immediately. There is no need to contact anyone at CBP or APHIS to start filing. All filers may file in all ports.

pamela.d.bennett@aphis.usda.gov

ATF

All Commodities

 

None. You may file immediately. There is no need to contact anyone at CBP or ATF to start filing. All filers may file in all ports.

Paul.j.young@usdoj.gov

Lee.alston-williams@usdoj.gov

CDC

All Commodities (Miami Only)

 

DIS pilot participants should follow the guidance provided in the DIS Implementation Guide.

Rcrawford1@cdc.gov

DCMA

All Commodities

 

This pilot is currently closed.  Participation is limited to a small set of participants.

n/a

DDTC

All Commodities

 

No agency approval required. To begin filing, please follow the Pilot Instructions.

WregeKM@state.gov

E&C

Russian Uranium

 

DIS pilot participants should follow the guidance provided in the DIS Implementation Guide.  Also, please follow the E&C participation requirements set forth in the Federal Register Notice (FRN) published Nov. 20, 2015, which can be found via the FRN page.

Wendy.frankel@trade.gov

EPA

Vehicles and Engines, Ozone Depleting Materials, Toxic Substances and Chemicals, Pesticides, Disclaimers

Instructions are based on the commodity you wish to pilot:

  • Toxic Substances and Chemicals:  Open to all filers.  For approval to participate, contact passe.loraine@epa.gov.  Also, see CSMS 16-000108 for the TSCA Federal Register Notice
  • Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS): Open to all filers.  For approval to participate, contact passe.loraine@epa.gov.  Once approved by EPA, contact the CBP POCs indicated in the General Pilot Instructions.
  • Hazardous Waste is open to nine designated exporters only.
  • For all other EPA commodities not otherwise indicated above, begin by contacting Chaudet.roy@EPA.gov and provide the name of the importer, the commodity, and the port.
  • V&E on-road is open to all importers
  • V&E non-road (non-road EPA form 3520-21) is currently full.  Limitation of 9 importers should be lifted later this year.
  • Pesticides is open to 9 importers total, but few slots remain.

EPA will then evaluate the particular importer for the participation in the pilot. A broker can recommend any number of importers for EPA to review. EPA will respond to the interested party regarding the importer and lay out the process for a pilot call for the first production filing.

Chaudet.Roy@epa.gov   

passe.loraine@epa.gov

FDA

All Commodities, Disclaimers

 

For Disclaimers, you may start filing immediately.  For all other FDA commodities, FDA encourages pilot calls. Begin by contacting FDA: ACE_Support@FDA.hhs.gov. See CSMS #15-000852 for additional information from FDA.

Sandra.abbott@fda.hhs.gov

FSIS

All Commodities

 

To begin filing, please follow the General Pilot Instructions.  Some transactions will require coordination with FDA. If appropriate, please follow special instructions for FDA.

Robert.berczik@fsis.usda.gov

NHTSA

All Commodities

None.  No pilot call is required and all filers may file immediately in all ports. Upon filing, send an email with the entry numbers filed in ACE to: clint.lindsay@dot.gov

Clint.lindsay@dot.gov

Coleman.sachs@dot.gov

NMFS

All Commodities, except those subject to Quota

To begin filing, please follow the General Pilot Instructions. Some transactions will require coordination with FDA. If appropriate, please follow special instructions for FDA.

dale.jones@noaa.gov

TTB

All Commodities

 

For approval to participate, contact TTB. Once approved by TTB, contact the CBP POCs indicated in the General Pilot Instructions. Some transactions will require coordination with FDA. If appropriate, please follow instructions for FDA

John.kyranos@ttb.gov

NOTE: Entries of merchandise subject to quota cannot be filed in ACE until CBP announces that quota entries will no longer be allowed to be filed in ACS and that all quota entries must be filed in ACE.

Pilots Coming Soon

Agency or Program

Commodities Available For Filing

PGA Message Set Pilot

Document Image System Pilot

Planned Pilot Availability

Point of Contact for General Agency Questions

CPSC

To be announced by Agency

 

July 2016

jdubose@cpsc.gov

DEA

To be announced by Agency

May 2016

Stephen.m.via@usdoj.gov

FAS*

All Commodities

 

TBD Summer 2016

Ronald.Lord@fas.usda.gov

FWS

To be announced by Agency

May 2016

Tamesha_Woulard@fws.gov

NRC

All Commodities

July 2016

elizabeth.smiroldo@nrc.gov

OMC

Shrimp Form Declaration

 

July 2016

FetteJA@state.gov

OTEXA*

All Commodities

 

TBD Summer 2016

Laurie.Mease@trade.gov

USTR

Pasta

 

April 2016

Christina_Kopitopoulos@ustr.eop.gov

General Pilot Instructions

Step 1: Confirm software is current and able to process transactions.

  • If you are a filer:  Check with your software vendor to ensure you have the current version required for the specified PGA.

If you are a self-filer:  Proceed to step 2 if your software is ready for the specified PGA.


Step 2: Client Reps will guide you through this process for any other required information, including the actual Production filing.

Technical References Support

The ACE Secure Data Portal is a free, web-based access point designed to connect CBP, trade partners and Partner Government Agencies.  The ACE Secure Data Portal gives users access to more than 400 reports that can be used to evaluate compliance and monitor daily operations.

Benefits

  • Receive, respond to, and monitor CBP Forms 28, 29, and 4647
  • Create blanket declarations for entry summary processing and nationwide view
  • Access AD/CVD case management and message Information database
  • Access Importer Security Filing (ISF) and progress reports
  • Create entry number banks for border line release
  • Ability to store employee, driver, conveyance, and equipment record information

 

Click here to find out more details on:

  • How to get a Portal Account
  • Applying for an exporter account online
  • System Requirements
  • Available Report Types

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.