WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection has rescheduled the ACE Ocean/Rail Manifest System, or M1, deployment for August 26 as a result of an unplanned Automated Commercial System database outage this past weekend. Due to the communication between M1 and ACS during the pilot phases, it is important that ACS stabilize after the outage before deploying M1. The M1 deployment will allow members of the trade to test the system. The rescheduled deployment date does not have an impact on the initiation of the M1 pilot.
The ACS outage was caused by a failed database routine which took the system down for approximately 14 hours. The outage included air, truck, ocean and rail cargo processing. Trade partners were unable to submit manifests or receive return responses. Six billion records from the trade had to be re-indexed after which, the ACS system was restored to service. The system resumed normal processing at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The implementation of M1 and the occurrence of the ACS database outage are unrelated.
M1 will provide a consolidated view of rail and sea shipment manifest and entry data at the bill of lading or container level to facilitate the identification of shipments that may pose a risk and expedite the pre-arrival processing of legitimate cargo. Full deployment is scheduled for winter, 2012.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.