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Information Notice of ACE Capabilities for Trade Users: July 2014 ACE Deployment D

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to complete the development of core trade processing capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and decommission corresponding capabilities in the legacy systems by the end of 2016. CBP has posted the ACE Development and Deployment Schedule to which details the deployment of new features in ACE. New features will be spread across 7 Deployments (A-G), which began in the fall of 2013 (Deployment A), and will culminate in the summer of 2016 (Deployment G).

In order to deliver useful capabilities to stakeholders earlier, CBP has broken down the capabilities in Deployment D into three releases: July 12 and October 18, 2014; and January 3, 2015.

Who is impacted by the July 12th Deployment?

Unified Filing of Cargo Release/ISF Data  
Entry Summary System Validations  

What are the impacts of the July 12th Deployment?

Unified Filing of Cargo Release/ISF Data:

With this release, ACE will allow for submission of ISF data together with Cargo Release/Entry data on the same record. Only 6 shipment types will be allowed in conjunction with ACE Cargo Release; anything outside the below shipment types will need to be filed as a stand-alone ISF transaction:

  • Standard or regular filings
  • To Order Shipments
  • Military, Government
  • U.S. Goods Returned
  • International Mail Shipments
  • Outer Continental Shelf Shipments
This capability will be initially launched through expansion of the existing ACE Cargo Release pilot. After successful completion of initial processing, this capability will be expanded to additional eligible ocean filers. If you are an interested ocean filer, please contact your assigned Client Representative or call 571-468-5500.

With the combined data submission, ACE will return notifications to the filer for the Entry and ISF submission. If either is rejected, it will be handled individually, and will not result in an automatic rejection of the other. Please ensure your software packages are updated and in compliance with ACE interface standards. The Cargo Release CATAIR Chapter is available on

System Validations for Entry Summaries:

With the July release, CBP has enabled additional entry summary system validations. Users will see new system error messages related to processing of validations for the following:
  • Informal Entry Restrictions
  • Charges Restrictions
  • Taxes
  • Other Fees

If you need to make updates to your software interfaces, please reference the CATAIR on

Capabilities to keep an eye out for in October and January

  • Diversions
  • Additional Entry Processing for Trucks
  • Ability for CBP and Partner Agencies to Request Redelivery of Goods
  • Redelivery Requests
  • Ability to Query Entry Data via ABI
  • Export Air, Ocean and Rail Manifest Processing
  • Import Air Manifest Processing
  • Statements
  • Electronic Bond Processing
  • Exporter & Freight Forwarder Accounts
  • Processing of Additional Entry Summary Types

Key Dates

Reminder, our 3 mandatory dates are on the horizon.

Last modified: 
October 23, 2020