Trade Support Network

The Trade Support Network (TSN) provides a forum for the trade community to provide recommendations and input on customs automation and modernization. There are approximately 450 members of the TSN that represent the entire breadth of the trade community. The TSN is led by the Trade Leadership Council (TLC) Executive Committee (EC). The TSN includes over 65 software developers that comprise the TSN Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Their responsibilities include technical and operational input on the design and development of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). TSN members support the trade community in adapting new CBP processes and system updates, participating in testing of new functionality in the CERT and assisting CBP in disseminating information about program changes, system enhancements, and technical updates to the trade community. 

As needs arise, CBP works with the TSN to convene working groups to support specific modernization enhancements and ACE topics. These working groups focus on requirements, technical implementation, and policy. Current information on working groups is available below:

Working Group Name Focus & Functionality Status
ACE Entry Summary Business Rules Review and update the Entry Summary Business Process Document Active
Drawback Collect input form the trade drawback filers on the TFTEA drawback deployment. Active
Reconciliation Review and update the Reconciliation Section of the ACE Entry Summary Business Rules Document Active
Air Export Manifest Discuss technical and policy issues for air export manifest functionality Active
Ocean Export Manifest Discuss technical and policy issues for ocean export manifest functionality Active
Rail Export Manifest Discuss technical and policy issues for rail export manifest functionality Active
Truck Manifest Discuss technical and policy issues for truck manifest functionality. Provide updates to ACE portal truck manifest filers Active
Automated Invoice Interface (AII) Collect trade input on how the AII system will work in ACE Inactive
ACE Reports Collect input from trade ACE Reports users as CBP begins the transition from Account Management and Entry Summary Management universes to the new Entry Summary universe Active
Section 321: Entry Type 86 Collect input from the trade on the development of Section 321 functionality in ACE Active
CBP Form 5106 Collect input from the trade on technical updates to the 5106 CATAIR Active
Consolidated Express Filings (CEF) Provide trade input on deployment of consolidated express filings in ACE Inactive
Bond Bond issues that impact importers, sureties, brokers, SWDs. This working group provides input on ASI Real Time Data and Risk-Based Bonding capabilities New
RevMod Electronic Payment Option (ePO) Support the continuous rollout of features that increase electronic payment options for brokers and travelers New
ACE Portal Refactoring Collect trade input as functionality related to trade user provisioning and ACE portal account use for importers, brokers, carriers, filers, exporters, and sureties are replaced in the existing ACE portal. New

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