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      Mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is now in effect for most entry types. Learn what you need to keep shipments moving.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced their intention that all electronic cargo releases for most entry types, and their related entry summaries to be submitted through the ACE system.

      Key ACE rollout dates

      April 2019

      Update to ACE Reports in the ACE Portal:

      • New reports available for Trade Remedies
      • Updated Cargo Release Universe
      • Transition for Entry Summary (ES) reports, retiring old Account Management (AM), and Entry Summary Management (ESM) reports

      April 18, 2019

      • CBP begins transition of Importer Trade Activity (ITRAC) data to ACE Portal, with new ITRAC reports for Bond, Cargo Release, Entry Summary, and Reconciliation.
      • ISA participants may continue to use CTPAT portal for ITRAC reports.

      April 1, 2019

      March 22, 2019

      • Imported composite wood products subject to Section 13 Certification under Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) PGA.

      March 16, 2019

      • Automated CBP Form 5106 deployed
      • Unique Center of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) identifier added to all post-release work flow in ACE

      February 24, 2019

      • Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) drawback claims filed in ACE

      August 6, 2018

      • CBP Form 7512 for In-Bonds must be filed in ACE, paper no longer accepted.

      February 24, 2018

      • Liquidation processing to begin in ACE. Liquidations will be processed on a weekly basis instead of a two week cycle.
      • Reconciliation processing to begin in ACE, instead of ACS.
      • Drawback processing to being in ACE, instead of ACS. This includes both ‘Core’ drawback and ‘Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA)’ drawback.
      • Automated Surety Interface to begin in ACE.

      January 6, 2017

      • ?Statement processing to begin in ACE, transitioning Daily and Post Monthly Statements (PMS) from ACS to ACE.

      January 1, 2018

      • Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) added to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) PGA. New program covers Atlantic cod and blue crab, dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi), grouper, red king crab, Pacific Cod, red snapper, sea cucumber, sharks and tuna.

      December 31, 2017 – EPA Hazardous Waste Exports

      • Starting on December 31, 2017, all U.S. exporters of manifested hazardous waste, universal waste, and spent lead-acid batteries for recycling or disposal, and all exporters of cathode ray tubes for recycling will be required to file EPA information in the Automated Export System (AES) or AESDirect for each export shipment. The AES resides in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CPB’s) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Paper processes will no longer be allowed on or after the compliance date.

      December 9, 2017

      • Electronic filing of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Application for Admission or Status Designation (CBP form 214) to be filed in ACE, instead of paper.
      • Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code queries, additions, and updates to begin in ACE, instead of ACS.

      November 2, 2017

      • FCC 740 form no longer required for imports of Radio Frequency (RF) devices, but imported RF devices must still comply with FCC rules, obtaining equipment grants or supplier’s declaration of conformity, and be appropriately labeled showing the device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules.

      September 16, 2017

      • Importer Security Filing (ISF) now filed in ACE, instead of ACS. The ACE Portal remains available for small volume filers (less than 12 a year), and for ocean manifest filers through existing manifest technical standards.
      • NAFTA Duty Deferral entries now filed in ACE, instead of ACS.

      As of July 31, 2017

      ?As of June 22, 2017

      • Filers must use ACE to file distilled spirits, wines, beer, tobacco products, and cigarette papers and tube shipments regulated by The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

      ?As of May 30, 2017 ?

      • Additional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data required for food importation to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSV) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

      As of April 27, 2017

      As of March 21, 2017

      • Shipments regulated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), Vehicles and Engines (VNE) under the Clean Air Act, and or Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

      As of March 21, 2017

      As of December 31, 2016

      • Shipments regulated by Center for Disease Control (CDC)
      • Shipments regulated by Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)

      As of September 20, 2016

      As of July 23, 2016

      • ACS is no longer allowed as an alternate filing method and all quota entries/entry summaries are mandatory in ACE.

      As of June 15, 2016
      Filers must use ACE to file the following data types:

      As of May 28, 2016
      Filers must use ACE to file the following data types:

      • FTZ entry types with no additional PGA data.
      • FTZ entry types with APHIS Lacey and NHTSA data.

      As of March 31, 2016
      Filers must use ACE to file the following data types:

      Pending dates:

      Summer 2019:

      • Full access to Importer Trade Activity (ITRAC) data in ACE Reports

      July 2019:

      • Enhancements to Mass Liquidation functionality
      • Consolidated Express filings for non-ABI entries

      Fall/Winter 2019:

      • Section 321, Entry Type 86, including PGAs
      • Importer Trade Activity (ITRAC) data fully implemented in ACE Reports

      August 2020:

      • Transitioning to National Broker Permit

      September 2020:

      • Modernizing Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 214 Online Admission Process to incorporate PGA requirements

      Pending PGA list:

      Livingston is ACE-ready

      Livingston’s people, processes and technology are ready for ACE:

      • We’ve been participating in both ACE entry summary and cargo release for some time, ensuring our familiarity with ACE and its requirements.
      • We’ve upgraded our brokerage systems to be fully ACE-compliant.
      • We’re committed to keeping clients informed of changes, as we become aware of them.

      Supporting our clients’ needs

      We have migrated to a new operating system that, in addition to being ACE-compliant, has helped us modernize and simplify our interfaces and further streamlined the exchange of information. Livingston clients now have better access to reports, better product database management and improved checks and balances to help maintain compliance.

      More importantly, we’re streamlining our operating model to strengthen our service and support efforts. This new model gives our clients greater access to our service teams and our customs and trade experts, and will allow us to keep our clients fully informed of the regulatory changes that affect their business.

      If you have any further questions regarding ACE, please contact your local client service representative; call us at 1-855-225-5548; or email us.