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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:

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Get to know CBP's automated systems, services, training resources, and related outreach efforts below.

What's New with ACE?

News

ACE Secure Data Portal In-Bond Arrival and Export Enhancement: August 23, 2014

The ACE Secure Data Portal currently provides truck carriers the ability to arrive and export in-bonds initiated through a truck e-Manifest shipment submitted via the portal. In an effort to reduce in-bond arrival and export processing at the CBP port level for ocean, rail and truck in-bond transactions, CBP has enhanced the in-bond arrival and in-bond export capabilites in the ACE portal to now allow all carriers with portal access to arrive, export and cancel in-bond transactions associated to Bills of Lading (BOL) with the carrier’s Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC). (read more)

Information Notice of ACE Capabilities for Trade Users: July 2014 Deployment D

In order to deliver useful capabilities to stakeholders earlier, CBP has broken down the capabilities in Deployment D into three releases: July 12 and October 18, 2014; and January 3, 2015. The July 12 release provides a unified Importer Security Filing (ISF)/Cargo Release filing option as well as new entry summary system validations. (read more)

Spring 2014 ACE Features Successfully Implemented

In late March/early April, CBP successfully completed the third of seven deployments of new ACE features. This deployment marks continued progress in CBP’s plan to deliver all core trade processing capabilities in ACE by the end of 2016. (read more)

Executive Order signed on February 19, 2014

The Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses, signed on February 19, 2014, directs the U.S. federal agencies with a role in trade to complete development of an electronic "Single Window" by December 2016. (read more)

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.

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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