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Getting Started with CBP Automated Systems

To get started with CBP automated systems, there are two important components to become familiar with:

  1. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

    Communication framework that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic means.

  2. ACE Secure Data Portal

    Free, web-based access point designed to connect CBP, trade partners and Partner Government Agencies.

The table below provides details on what activities may be conducted through both components. Similarly, before filing data to ACE users should be familiar with associated business processes, procedures, and rules that govern filing data in ACE through both EDI and the Portal. These area available through the ACE Entry Summary Process and Policy and ACE Cargo Release Business Process pages. Additionally, videos and guides are available on the ACE Portal, manifest, and reports through the ACE Training page.

Activity ACE via EDI Interfaces ACE Portal
Send Importer Security Filing Data​

*Only low volume through Portal (less than 12 per year)
File an Import Air, Ocean, or Rail Manifest  
File an Import Truck Manifest
File an Electronic Inbond ✓ via Truck Manifest
File an Entry  
File an Entry Summary  
File an E214  
File a Protest  
File Liquidations, Reconciliations or Drawback requests  
Run Reports  
Create Blanket Declarations  
Submit Supporting Documents for Release (​CBP and PGA Forms) ✓ DIS  
Submit Supporting Documents for Entry Summary​ (CBP and PGA Forms) ✓ DIS ✓ Upload Forms
Respond to Request for Documents (CBP Forms 28, 29, 4647) ✓ DIS
Manage Account and Periodic Monthly Statement Information ✓ via ACE Reports
Manage Account and Daily Statement Information ✓ via ACE Reports
Make Post Summary Corrections  
File Export Air, Ocean and Rail Manifest Pilots in Progress!  
File& Export Commodity Data


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Last Modified: Apr 05, 2024