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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

ACE Enhancements Announcement

In February 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deployed the last of the seven major scheduled core Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) deployments, and all phases of cargo processing are now in ACE.  Looking ahead, CBP is focused on sustaining all deployed ACE capabilities and ensuring ACE operates as a highly available and reliable system.

In addition to funds for sustaining core ACE, CBP has received $30M in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriation for enabling ACE enhancements.  CBP’s strategic goals and priorities are informed by the Customs Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and through active dialog with CBP, industry, government agency and congressional stakeholders.  The resulting CBP trade mission agenda includes program initiatives for advancing trade facilitation, security and enforcement objectives.  There is an ongoing demand for ACE capability enhancements, and CBP follows a governance process to prioritize funding for initiative automation based on evaluation criteria that account for the interests of the trade community, the potential to reduce burden on the trade community, impact to CBP users, the nexus to existing and emerging priorities and workload efficiency and operational improvement opportunities.   

FY 2018 ACE enhancement funding will be used for the following (please see table below for additional details):

  • Section 321: Entry Type 86
  • Automate CBP Form 5106
  • Modernizing e214 Online Admission Process
  • Creation of Unique Identifiers for Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers)
  • Transitioning to Broker National Permit
  • Vessel Agent Account Type
  • Non-Intrusive Inspection Program
  • Updating Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
  • Manifest Data Element Updates

More information is forthcoming on these ACE enhancements, including a development and deployment schedule.  CBP will engage the trade community through the Trade Support Network to establish workgroups to refine trade-facing technical requirements and implementation plans.

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Prioritized and Funded ACE Enhancements

Enhancements Description Benefits

Section 321: Entry Type 86

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) raised the value of shipments eligible to be entered under Section 321, de minimis from $200 to $800.  CBP currently clears these goods off of the manifest.  This enhancement will help CBP make risk based inspection decisions on low value shipments.

This enhancement, which has been a priority for the broker community, will improve import safety and security by providing greater visibility into low value shipments. CBP will benefit from increased visibility into these shipments, and Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) will receive required data.  Trade will benefit from this enhancement by being able to transmit Section 321 shipment transaction data, including manufacturer, importer, and consignee information via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) and receive electronic release messages from CBP for low value shipments. Section 321 transaction data will become available for CBP and trade review via ACE Reports.

Automate CBP Form 5106

This enhancement will support requirements to automate and update data elements captured in ACE for CBP Form 5106 (CBPF 5106). CBPF 5106 is the Importer ID Input Record, which collects data used to establish bond coverage, release and entry of merchandise, liquidation and the issuance of bills and refunds.  This effort supports new regulations established by Executive Order (EO) 13785 and TFTEA, section 114.

CBPF 5106 is the foundation for importer risk assessment. Updating the data elements will enhance trade security by enabling the collection of more detailed importer information to support more advanced risk analysis.  It will also provide for more informative risk assessments prior to importation and will further improve revenue functions.  Importers, brokers, sureties and other trade stakeholders will experience more streamlined processing through the ability to create edit, and update importer information using an automated and modernized CBPF 5106 input process via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and the ACE Secure Data Portal.

Modernizing e214 Online Admission Process

This enhancement supports the redesign of the Electronic CBP Form 214 (e214) in ACE. The ACS-based FTZ Online system was fully migrated to ACE in December 2017.  The redesign will enable full modernization of the e214 admission process in ACE. The current process provides an electronic document to request the admission of cargo and electronic messaging when a cargo exam is required and goods have been authorized for a permit to transfer into a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ).  The e214 redesign will provide messaging to PGAs with regulatory authority over an FTZ, allowing for greater PGA visibility.

This enhancement will streamline processing for government and the foreign trade zone community by incorporating PGA requirements into e214.  Specifically, this will enable trade to submit PGA data simultaneously via the PGA Message Set transaction set or the Document Image System (DIS) when reporting the admission of goods into an FTZ.

Creation of Unique Identifiers for Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers)

This enhancement will create a unique identifier for each Center of Excellence and Expertise that will be designated on the Center member’s ACE Account, added to all the Center member’s post release activity, and incorporated into CBP’s post release workflow. 

This identifier will allow CBP to streamline processing for the Centers and provide a means for managing workload at the account level. The trade community will gain visibility into their Center assignment and be in a position to submit documents to the appropriate Center.

Transitioning to Broker National Permit

This enhancement will transition all brokers to a single, national permit – eliminating multiple district permits and waivers.  This enhancement will meet the requirements of a forthcoming notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which will update Broker Regulation 19 CFR 111 to provide cost savings to the brokerage community, while codifying current broker processes in the electronic and Center universe.  This effort also complies with deregulatory priorities set forth in Executive Order 13771. 

The transition to a single permit, which has been an industry priority, will provide faster, more streamlined processing for CBP and trade.  It will allow all brokerages to conduct entry via remote location filing at any port nationwide.  Brokers will no longer have to pay the initial, one-time $100 district permit fee and the annual $141.70 permit user fee per local permit for each office location.

Vessel Agent Account Type

This enhancement will provide vessel agents the capability to log into the ACE Portal to launch the new VECS (Vessel Entrance and Clearance System) Application to submit data/documentation required to electronically enter and clear a vessel. It will also allow for the processing of electronic receipts for Vessel Entry Fees as well as for the addition of an online payment option for Vessel Agents and Owner Operators, replacing form 368.  Credential validation and access to Mobile Collections and Receipt (MCR) Application through the ACE Portal will be required. This enhancement is pursuant to Federal Register Notice (FRN) 82 FR 58008. 

This enhancement will have a significant cost saving impact to CBP and the Trade and will reduce the time necessary to enter and clear vessels of all types. Trade will have real time access to CBP responses and this will allow for CBP to better record and track Trade interaction with the entrance and clearance process.

Non-Intrusive Inspection Program

This enhancement will deploy drive-through Multi-Energy Portal (MEP) imaging systems to Laredo World Trade Bridge and Brownsville Veterans Bridge and will allow NII inspections – which currently occur at secondary – to occur in pre-primary. These capabilities are essential components to the cargo “Model Port” project with initial pilots scheduled in summer of 2018.

This enhancement will modernize the entrance and clearance process in the truck environment, providing processing efficiencies and faster truck processing times for CBP and trade. Truck carriers will benefit from this enhancement by seeing noticeable reductions in driver waiting time at border crossing ports of entry.

Updating Generalized System of Preference (GSP)

This enhancement will address mandatory updates related to the renewal of the GSP program.

This enhancement will provide ports and CBP entities greater visibility and streamlined access to risk management data. GSP recipients will benefit from quicker payment of retroactive refunds after the GSP program expires and later becomes reinstated.

Manifest Data Element Updates

This enhancement will allow CBP to collect shipper, consignee and notify party phone numbers and email address(s) as optional data elements on the manifest for all modes of transportation.

This enhancement will help improve and strengthen targeting of ecommerce shipments.

Last modified: 
September 25, 2018