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ACE and Automated Systems


CBP automated systems electronically support the facilitation of importing and exporting goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the Single Window - the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.

CBP has established the following mandatory use dates for transitioning to ACE:

What's New with ACE?

News

ACE Deployment D: January 2015 Release Capabilities

This notice documents the new capabilities that will be deployed to ACE for trade users on January 3rd as part of the third release of Deployment D.
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2014 ACE Satisfaction Survey Results

This report documents the results of trade responses to the 2014 ACE Satisfcation Survey.
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ACE Deployment D: October 2014 Release Capabilities

This notice documents the new capabilities that were deployed to ACE for trade users on October 18th as part of the second release of Deployment D.
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Publications

CBP regularly publishes updates to documents that will help you stay informed as you transition to ACE. Click the thumbnails below to visit the latest ACE publications.




ACEopedia

Information about the Single Window, ACE, capabilities and benefits all in one location.


Development & Deployment Schedule

Want to know the latest on a capability you’ve been waiting for? Take a look at our latest schedule for details on when we will be building and releasing capabilities.




ACE Monthly Trade Update

Read our most recent issue to find out about the latest news, upcoming capabilities, outreach events and tips.




ACE Basics

This one-page infographic provides an overview of how ACE works and how to get started on your transition to ACE.




New ACE Features, Deployment D

This infographic illustrates new ACE capabilities that will be deployed during the July, October, and January releases of Deployment D.

Learn More About:

Systems Information about the automated systems CBP uses to facilitate the processing of legitimate trade.
Training Web-based training and step-by-step user guides to help you learn to use ACE.
Technical Information Resources to address your technical requirements and questions.
Outreach & Support Information about how to stay up to date with ACE events and news.


Automated Commercial Environment

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ACE is CBP's software implementation of the “single window” vision. As ACE features are deployed, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations. ACE also provides a single, centralized access point for the trade community to connect with CBP and its Partner Government Agencies (PGA) called the ACE Secure Data Portal.

ACE currently supports the following processes:

  • Entry Summary filing for types 01, 03, and 11
  • Cargo Release capabilities for air, ocean, and rail transactions
  • Electronic manifest processing for truck, rail and sea manifests.

As ACE features are developed and deployed, corresponding capabilities in the legacy ACS and AES systems will be retired. For more information, visit the ACE Features page.

To learn how to start filing to ACE via EDI or to apply for an ACE Portal Account, visit the Getting Started with CBP Automated Systems page.

Legacy Systems

CBP currently has three legacy systems that will be decommissioned after their functionality has been fully incorporated into ACE.

Automated Commercial System (ACS): CBP’s legacy system for filing import data electronically. ACS is used to electronically track, control, and process goods imported into the United States. CBP is scheduled to decommission all core trade processing capabilities in ACS by 2016.

Air Automated Manifest System (Air AMS): CBP’s legacy import system for filing air manifests electronically. CBP is scheduled to transition Air AMS functions and turn off ACS by May 2015.

Automated Export System (AES): CBP’s legacy system for filing export data electronically. AES is used to process shipments leaving the U.S. and to process corresponding electronic export manifests for ocean carriers. CBP decommissioned the legacy AES system during the second quarter of the 2014 fiscal year.


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Web-Based Training, Videos, and Guides

Visit the ACE Training home page for links to training guides, videos, and web-based courses.


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Implementation Guides

Looking to get connected to our automated systems to transmit data electronically? Access our implementation guides on the Technical Documentation Page


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Events Visit our ACE Outreach Events page to find upcoming visits to your city or local port
Webinars View previous webinar recordings and sign up for upcoming webinars at the ACE Outreach Events page
Email Updates Sign up for the Cargo System Messaging Service (CSMS) to receive alerts on the latest automated systems news
Questions General Questions

System Questions

  • To ask questions or report issues related to ACE system operations, please email or call the ACE Service Desk at ACE.Support@cbp.dhs.gov or (866) 530-4172.

EDI Filing Questions

  • For questions related to EDI filing, contact your assigned client representative. If you don't have a client representative, you can call 571-468-5500 to be assigned one.

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