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:
Get to know CBP's automated systems, services, training resources, and related outreach efforts below.
What's New with ACE?
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 capabilities 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).
Update on Air Manifest Changes: ACE Deployment D - January Release
In 2015, legacy Air Manifest System (AMS) functions will be transitioned to ACE. With this transition, there will be changes to business processes and the CBP Air Manifest Interface Requirements (CAMIR) documentation.
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.
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)
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.
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
|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:
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.
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.
|Web-Based Training, Videos, and Guides||
Visit the ACE Training home page for links to training guides, videos, and web-based courses.
Looking to get connected to our automated systems to transmit data electronically? Access our implementation guides on the Technical Documentation Page
|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|
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