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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.

Transitioning to ACE

mandatory dates

In support of the 2014 White House Executive Order, CBP is working to complete and deploy core trade processing capabilities in ACE by December 2016. As part of this effort CBP has established a series of mandatory use dates for transitioning to ACE. For full details, plese visit our page on ACE Mandatory Use Dates.

Find out more about CBP's recent entry and entry summary filing rates over the past 6 weeks.

Chart depecting ACE entry and entry summary filing for the previous 6 weeks.

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For additional details please review our latest monthly ACE Adoption Rate Report.

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 and Support Information about how to stay up to date with ACE events and news.

What's New with ACE

Transition of all AESDirect filings to ACE by Spring 2016

Information on the AESDirect in ACE, and how to get started.

ACE listed as sole Electronic Data Interchance (EDI) System

ACE has been annouced as the sole EDI system for processing certain electronic entry and entry summary filings.


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Automated Commercial Environment


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.

As ACE features are developed and deployed, corresponding capabilities in the legacy ACS 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 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.

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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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Technical Information

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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Outreach & Support

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 Have a question about ACE? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact one of the support options below.
  • For questions or issues related to your ACE portal account, please email or call the ACE Service Desk at or (866) 530-4172.
  • 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.
  • Additional questions can be sent to our AskACE mailbox

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