ACE Deployments

The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the system through which the trade community reports imports and exports and the government determines admissibility. Through ACE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) applies expertise, technology, and automation to create streamlined and efficient processes to facilitate the global exchange of safe and legitimate goods.​​​​
 

Upcoming ACE Deployments

CBP maintains a notional development and deployment schedule (Dev - Dep schedule) of planned ACE enhancements. Following the deployment of the core ACE processing capabilities, CBP continues to work through a backlog of enhancements to ACE that have emerged from our ongoing dialogue with the trade community, as well as with government and congressional stakeholders, to provide better automated tools and information. The current schedule reflects those enhancements that have been prioritized, funded, and that CBP has begun developing. This is a notional schedule, and it is subject to modifications.

The current version of the Dev - Dep Schedule is available here: ACE Development - Deployment Schedule

Completed ACE Deployments (2017-Current)

Enhancement Name & Description Impacted Users Deployment Date Additional Resources

eCERT 2.0

eCERT 2.0 enhances existing Electronic Certification System (eCERT) features by adding validations to verify authorized use of export certificates, automating the decrementing and incrementing of export certificate usage, and enabling users to query export certificate usage. 

CBP
Trade

September 24, 2022 Trade Information Notice
Collections Release 6
ACE Collections Release 6 Refunds enhances the refunds management workflow and provides the ability to search, create, and certify/approve refunds. This release includes all refunds (ex. OF Manual refunds, Drawback AP refunds, SEACATS refunds) and the creation of liquidation refunds. The incorporation of Drawback AP refunds brings the full drawback process into the ACE environment.
CBP
Trade
August 27, 2022 Trade Information Notice
Vessel Agency Account Type
This enhancement allows Vessel Masters, Vessel Agents, and Vessel Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs) to submit data to CBP for the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS)
CBP
Trade
July 24, 2022 Trade Information Notice
Enhancements to ACE Truck Manifest - Phase 2 & 3
These enhancements modernized the ACE Truck manifest user interface for CBP users in an enhanced application known as Truck Manifest Modernization (TMM).
CBP
Trade
July 19, 2022 CSMS # 52269970

CSMS # 52569053
Forms Modernization
This enhancement migrates forms CBP forms CBPF28, CBPF29, and CBPF4647 from legacy ACE to the new ACE framework.
CBP
Trade
April 23, 2022 Trade Information Notice
Collections - Release 5 Debt Management
ACE Collections Release 5 Debt Management enhances the debt management workflow, automate manual processing and reporting, and manage/ track debt collections. This release includes an updated write-off business process workflow. The alignment of debt management with billing will better integrate the outstanding collections process. This release includes testing, training, reports, and write-back of collections data to ACS.
CBP
Trade
PGA
March 19, 2022 Trade Information Notice
ACE Portal Modernization - Phase 1
The modernization effort entails the transition of existing functionality to an upgraded platform, offering easier use and better performance. The ACE Portal offers users real-time access to trade data through features such as ACE Reports, ACE account management, and electronic communication with CBP and Partner Government Agencies (PGA).
CBP
Trade
PGA
January 22, 2022 ACE Portal Modernization CBP.gov Site

Enhancement Name & Description Impacted Users Deployment Date Additional Resources
ACE Availability Dashboard
The updated ACE Availability Dashboard provides users with real-time monitoring of the status and availability of Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) applications.
CBP
Trade
PGA
October 28, 2021 ACE Availability Dashboard CSMS
ACE Collections - Release 4
This enhancement updates bill management workflow, including bill receivable creation, vendor interface for creation, and distribution of bills to Importers. This release will also move liquidation bills to ACE and improve the accuracy of Importer bills. This release includes testing, training, reports, and write-back of collections data to ACS.
CBP
Trade
October 16, 2021 Release 4 Trade User Guide
Tuna Proration Automation "Bot"
This enhancement automates the manual process related to the annual splitting of prorated Tuna Opening Moment entries to provide accuracy and time savings resulting in better reallocation of personnel duties.
CBP June 21, 2021  
ACE Collections - Release 3
This capability consolidates importers’ deferred tax statements and group entries onto one statement. This release will provide additional electronic payment methods for trade users via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) and includes the ability to view deferred tax bills in ACE Reports.
CBP
Trade
May 1, 2021 Trade Information Notice
Non-ABI Filings on Cuban Goods with OFAC License
This enhancement gives CBP users the ability to manually file entries in ACE Cargo Release with merchandise originating from Cuba and validate that a required OFAC license has been provided.
CBP April 13, 2021  
Craft Beverage Modernization Act (CBMA)
CBMA allows for reduced rates or credits on 92 tariff numbers under Chapter 22 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. ACE will compute and validate tax amounts for CBMA claims, and users will be able to review these data elements in ACE Reports.
CBP
Trade
April 6, 2021 Trade Information Notice
USMCA - Drawback Changes
This enhancement will further align Drawback processing with the USMCA’s requirements.
CBP March 13, 2021  
ACE Collections - Release 2
This functionality allows for the automated posting of financial transactions for CBP Office of Finance employees.
CBP February 6, 2021  
Real Time Automated Surety Interface (ASI)
This enhancement provides additional, more detailed messages via the Bond Status (BS) message, including cargo release and entry summary information in real-time, to sureties and surety agents when a predefined event occurs.
CBP
Trade
January 9, 2021  

Enhancement Name & Description Impacted Users Deployment Date Additional Resources
Broker Fee Automation: Triennial Status Report
Part of the Revenue Modernization effort, this enhancement will automate the collection of broker fees. Deployed enhancements include the broker exam registration/fee and triennial status report/fee.
CBP
Trade
December 15, 2020 CBP: Revenue Modernization
Electronic Phytosanitary Certificate Integration in ACE (Secure Flows Initiative)
Automates the paper process for phytosanitary certificates (ePhytos), better enabling CBP Agriculture Specialists to facilitate trade.
CBP
Trade
PGA
September 26, 2020 Trade Information Notice
Enhancements to APTL Workspace - ARM ITDS
Provides enhancements to the APTL workspace within the ITDS to better communicate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
CBP
PGA
September 26, 2020  
Modernizing e214 Online Admission Process - Phase 2, Release 2
Provides improvements to better facilitate the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) admission process and to eliminate older inefficient processes.
CBP
Trade
September 26, 2020 Trade Information Notice
Universal eCERT/ELVIS
System developed to exchange data electronically with foreign countries. This electronic data is information normally associated with required export document. Enhancement allow for additional messaging capabilities with countries, added validations, and ease of onboarding new countries.
CBP September 12, 2020  
USMCA Recon Changes to Prevent MPF Refunds
The U.S. - Mexico - Canada Agreement is a trilateral trade agreement between the three named countries. USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
CBP August 1, 2020 CBP: USMCA Webpage
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Message Set Implementation
Implemented the ability to accept FWS PGA Message Set data from trade.
CBP
Trade
PGA
July 6, 2020 CSMS #42866592
USMCA HTS Database and SPI Table updates and New LPC Codes for TPL Certificates
The U.S. - Mexico - Canada Agreement is a trilateral trade agreement between the three named countries. USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
CBP
Trade
July 1, 2020 CBP: USMCA Webpage
Mass Processing: Section 232
These updates enable CBP users to mass update entry summaries with the addition or removal of exclusions pertaining to the Section 232 Trade Remedy for Aluminum and Steel.
CBP June 20, 2020  
Post Summary Correction
This enhancement enables CBP users to revert a PSC submission to the previous version, which will include an automatic notification to the trade filer following the revert action.
CBP June 20, 2020  
DocFile Location
Transitioned the Docfile Location functionality to new ACE.
CBP June 6, 2020  
Enhancements to ACE Truck Manifest - Phase 1
Provides a modernized trade-facing truck manifest User Interface (UI), accessed through the ACE Secure Data Portal and streamlined functionalities that will improve user experience.
CBP
Trade
March 2, 2020 Enhancements to ACE Truck Manifest - Phase 1 Webpage
Mass Processing - Phase 2: Mass Updates
Streamlines processing for CBP and includes enhancements to the functionality as well as provides a mass update capability for post release activity.
CBP February 8, 2020  
Mass Processing - Phase 3: Updating Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
Provides the ability for CBP to retroactively process refunds for GSP programs.
CBP February 8, 2020  

Enhancement Name & Description Impacted Users Deployment Date Additional Resources
Broker Management Office (BMO) Functionality
Streamlines the employee reporting process for brokers, enhances messaging to the field BMO, and automates the generation of licenses and permits in ACE.
CBP
Trade
December 7, 2019 Trade Information Notice
AD/CVD Redesign
Enhances AD/CVD case management User Interface (UI). With the new functionality, search results will include company history and third country case information.
CBP
Trade
PGA
October 6, 2019 Trade Information Notice
Section 321- Entry Type 86
Enables trade filers to transmit Section 321 shipment data via EDI and provides greater visibility into low value shipment data via ACE Reports
CBP
Trade
PGA
September 28, 2019 Trade Information Notice
ACE Collections - Release 1
This enhancement includes updates to collections focusing on the back-end processing of ACH Debit/credit transactions; impact to users was minimal in this phase.
CBP
Trade
September 7, 2019 Trade Information Notice
Broker Fee Automation
Revenue Modernization project that impacts ACE and automates the collection of user fees including Broker Exam Application.
CBP
Trade
August 3, 2019 Customs Brokers Information Webpage
Mass Processing - Phase 1: Enhancements to Mass Liquidation
Mass liquidation in ACE was updated with new selections and features to continue to make the capability easier to use and to support streamlined processing.
CBP July 27, 2019  
Manifest Data Element Updates
This enhancement adds phone numbers and email address as option data elements on the manifest for all modes.
CBP July 2019  
Consolidated Express Filings
Allows for the consolidation of informal entry summaries to be processes in the express consignment environment.
CBP
Trade
June 15, 2019 Trade Information Notice
Modernizing e214 Online Admission Process - Release 1
This enhancement supports the redesign of the Electronic CBP Form 214 (e214) in ACE.
CBP
Trade
May 11, 2019  
Transition of Importer Trade Activity (ITRAC) Data to ACE Reports
Provides the trade with quicker, on-demand access to their data.
CBP
Trade
April 18, 2019 Trade Information Notice
Updated Generalized System of Preference (GSP)
Addresses mandatory updates related to the renewal of the GSP program.
CBP
Trade
March 16, 2019 Generalized System of Preferences Webpage
Unique Identifiers for Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers)
Creates a unique identifier to be added to all post release workflow in ACE
CBP
Trade
March 16, 2019 Centers of Excellence and Expertise Information Webpage
Automate CBP Form 5106
This enhancement automates and modernizes CBPF 5106 input process via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and the ACE Secure Data Portal.
CBP
Trade
March 16, 2019 Trade Information Notice

Enhancement Name & Description Impacted Users Deployment Date Additional Resources
Automated Export System (AES) User Interface (UI) Updates
This deployment provides updates to the AES UI to improve usability.
CBP August 18, 2018  
Court of International Trade
This enhancement brought ACE into compliance with new requirements for submitting supporting documents for denied protest cases.
CBP
Trade
April 2018 Court of International Trade Webpage
Coffee Imported into Puerto Rico
Deployment of new class code in ACE for coffee imported into Puerto Rico (19 USC 1319).
CBP
Trade
April 28, 2018 Coffee Imported into Puerto Rico Webpage
Deployment G, Release 4
Mandatory transition of Core and TFTEA Drawback, Reconciliation, Liquidation and Automated Surety Interface (ASI) to ACE.
CBP
Trade
February 24, 2018  
Deployment G, Release 3B
Mandatory transition of statements to ACE.
CBP
Trade
January 6, 2018  

Enhancement Name & Description Impacted Users Deployment Date Additional Resources
Deployment G, Release 3A
This enhancement includes updates to e214 (electronic Foreign Trade Zone admission), Manufacturer ID (MID) Creation, and availability in ACE Production environment of the new ACE Statement Reports REV-101, REV-102, REV-103 and REV-104.
CBP
Trade
December 9, 2017 ACE Deployment G, Release 3A Information Notice Webpage
Entry Summary Universe
This capability contains a standardized data set for all entry summaries filed in both ACS and ACE, with the exception of type 09 “reconciliation” and type 41-46 “drawback” entry summaries.
CBP October 2017  
Deployment G, Release 2
Non-ABI Entry Summary/Lineless (for CBP only), Duty Deferral, e214, Manufacturer ID Creation and Importer Security Filing (ISF). With this deployment, these capabilities will no longer be filed/processed in the Automated Commercial System (ACS) and must be done via ACE.
CBP
Trade
September 16, 2017 ACE Deployment G, Release 2 Information Notice Webpage
Additional Capabilities to ACE Cargo Release that Update Non-ABI User Interface
The updated UI replaces the single page of required fields with tabs that house topical information (Header Info, Header Ref, Parties, Line Info, Bill of Lading).
CBP
Trade
April 27, 2017  
Drawback, Duty Deferral, Reconciliation, Liquidation, Collections, and Statements in ACE
With this transition, transactions supporting these capabilities must be filed in ACE and will no longer be accepted in ACS.
CBP January 14, 2017  

Source URL: https://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated/ace-deployments