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Getting Started with CBP Automated Systems

To get started with CBP automated systems, there are two important components to become familiar with:

  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI): for filing data electronically

  • ACE Secure Data Portal: for running reports and managing accounts


What is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)?

EDI is an electronic communication framework that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic means. Through EDI, trade filers are able to electronically transmit import and export data to CBP. Filings transmitted through EDI link to all CBP systems, including the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

Electronic communication through EDI allows trade filers to receive faster decision responses for the movement of cargo. Business entities that wish to communicate via EDI to CBP may use an approved software provider, become a self-filer or contract a service center.

How to Start Transmitting Data to CBP via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

What is the ACE Secure Data Portal?

The ACE Secure Data Portal is a free, web-based access point designed to connect CBP, trade partners and Partner Government Agencies.  The ACE Secure Data Portal gives users access to more than 400 reports that can be used to evaluate compliance and monitor daily operations. 

The ACE portal can be used to submit truck import manifests, but is primarily a resource through which users can monitor their CBP data.  Filings such as manifests (other than truck import) entries and entry summaries cannot be made via the ACE portal.

How to Start Using the ACE Secure Data Portal


The graphic below clarifies which trade functions can be accomplished directly through the ACE Portal and which functions can be completed using an EDI Interface.

Demonstrates what should be sent to ACE via EDI versus what can be done in the portal.