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ACE and Automated Systems

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.  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.

New ACE Features Successfully Implemented

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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.  Features in this recent deployment include:

  • Expansion of the ACE Cargo Release pilot to include in-bond movements and partial quantities for ocean and rail shipments and basic processing for truck shipments;
  • Ability for filers to certify for ACE Cargo Release from their ACE Entry Summary record for air, ocean and rail shipments (Certified from Summary);
  • New ACE entry summary validations for Merchandise Processing Fee and Complex Duty Calculations (i.e., those entry summary lines with two Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classifications); and
  • Migration of the Automated Export System (AES) to the ACE platform for CBP and PGA users, and support for new Census Bureau and Bureau of Industry and Security regulations.

CBP and trade filers have successfully tested the new Cargo Release transactions for ocean shipments as well as the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set transactions for the pilot with the Environmental Protection Agency, targeted to begin later this month. 

Trade filers interested in taking advantage of the new Cargo Release capabilities or participating in the PGA Message Set pilot should contact their Client Rep.

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 capabilites 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.