ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (COAC)

AUTOMATED COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENT (ACE) UPDATE
February 5, 2013

Issue: CBP is working to establish ACE as the Single Window for Government and the trade community. ACE will automate and enhance interaction between international trade partners, CBP, and Partner Government Agencies (PGA) during the cargo import and export process, significantly increasing efficiency and reducing costs compared to the manual, paper-based interactions in place to-date.

Background:
ACE will become the Single Window – the primary system through which the international trade community will report imports and exports and the Government will determine their admissibility.
Through ACE, Federal agencies will have earlier, automated visibility to shipment data, expediting their import or export assessments at the border and speeding the flow of legitimate trade while also improving security, health, and the safety of cargo. Traders will only have to submit their import and export data one time, to one system.
ACE development has been underway for more than 10 years and significant capabilities have been developed and deployed; these capabilities have streamlined business processes and resulted in significant savings for CBP and industry.
CBP is working a plan to develop and deliver remaining core trade processing capabilities in ACE by 2016 using the Agile development methodology.
Agile is a user-centric development method that will allow CBP to more quickly build and deploy key functionality. With Agile, the system users work side-by-side with the developers to ensure capabilities will meet user needs.
As part of the plan to complete ACE by 2016, CBP has established three dates for the mandatory use of ACE:
May 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic manifest filing – filing of all electronic import and export cargo manifest data related to all modes of transportation will be mandatory in ACE.
November 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic cargo release and related entry summary filings – filing of all data associated with the release of imported cargo from the government’s custody, including data related to PGA interactions, and the associated entry summaries will be mandatory in ACE. 
October 1, 2016 – Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process – all electronic trade processing will be mandatory in ACE.  This includes processes such as Drawback and Protest.
CBP is encouraging the trade community to begin transitioning to ACE now to ensure they are ready when new capabilities come out.
Currently, 98% of entry summaries are eligible to be filed in ACE and more than 26% of all entry summaries are filed in ACE.
Over 50 percent of the ABI entry summary software vendors have completed certification testing and are approved for ACE Entry Summary filing.

Current Status:
The following functionality has been deployed in the first two releases of capabilities built using the Agile development methodology, on November 2, 2013 and January 4, 2014:
ACE Cargo Release pilot enhancements
Expansion to ocean and rail shipments, in addition to the existing capabilities for air shipments.
Electronic entry corrections and cancellations which will reduce the time and cost associated with the former paper-based process.
Integration of in-bond movements split shipments and partial quantities for air shipments.
PGA Integration
PGA Message Set, which will facilitate more rapid decision making by multiple agencies. Pilots are planned to begin in March 2014 with the Environmental Protection Agency (ozone depleting substances and vehicles and engines) and Food Safety and Inspection Service (meat, poultry and egg products).
A single accept/reject message providing results from CBP and PGAs for the entry and entry summary response.
Streamlined entry of findings for CBP Agriculture Specialists, resulting in a 33 percent reduction in workload.
Entry Summary validations for tariff classification, Harbor Maintenance Fees and simple duty calculations will increase integrity of ACE entry summary data.
CBP is also using the Agile methodology to re-engineer the existing Automated Export System (AES) and lay the foundation for automated export processing in ACE. The re-engineered AES is planned for deployment in April 2014.
ACE Deployment C is scheduled for April 5, 2014 and will include:
Incorporation of automated export commodity processing in ACE,
Expansion of ACE Cargo Release pilot to include basis truck shipment processing, certified release from the entry summary, and
Entry summary validations for complex duty calculations and Merchandise Processing Fee

SUMMARY
ACE modernizes the business processes essential to securing U.S. borders, speeding the flow of legitimate shipments and targeting illicit goods.
CBP will enable core trade processing in ACE and decommission the corresponding capabilities in legacy systems by the end of calendar year 2016.

Contact: Brenda Smith, ACE Business Office, OT PAGE \* MERGEFORMAT 1
Date: February 5, 2014

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