It’s official: U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 that effective September 16, the Automated Commercial Environment – better known as ACE – will become the sole CBP-authorized electronic data interchange (EDI) system for duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. On that date, the Automated Commercial System (ACS) will no longer be authorized by CBP for these types of electronic filings.
According to the CBP website, ACE Deployment G (Statements) will take effect December 16, 2017, while ACE Deployment G (Reconciliation, ACE Core Drawback and Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act Drawback, Liquidation and Automated Surety Interface) will go into effect February 24, 2018. However, the referenced Federal Register notice indicates that “The transition for processing electronic drawback filings will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.”
The route to what appears to now be the final date has been full of stops and starts. Here’s the chronology as captured in the Federal Register notice:
- August 30, 2016: CBP establishes that ACE will be the sole EDI system for drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings effective October 1, 2016.
- October 3, 2016: CBP cancels the effective date until further notice.
- December 12, 2016: CBP establishes January 14, 2017 as the new effective date.
- January 17, 2017: CBP delays the change until further notice.
- June 8, 2017: CBP announces July 8, 2017 as the new effective date.
- June 30, 2017: CBP announced another delay until further notice.
The changing implementation timelines reflect just how enormous a task it is to transition the government and the trade community to a single automated system for tracking, controlling and processing information related to the import and export of goods. However, it is hoped that our nation will benefit through more efficient collection of duties, taxes and fees and stronger border security because all the latest information will be more accessible in electronic form. In addition, automation will reduce the administrative burden and virtually eliminate paper-based activities. Beyond these lofty goals, ACE will connect the activities of PGAs and CBP in a more meaningful way and, hopefully, simplify the process for submitting data and interacting with CBP and PGAs.
From the beginning QuestaWeb has chosen to be a part of the movement to ACE in an active, participatory way. Our expert staff are not only regularly attending ACE-related meetings and keeping abreast of technology-related announcements, but also developing solutions that have facilitated customers’ transition to ACE each step along the way.
QuestaWeb’s is a technology leader when it comes to ACE. If you haven’t already read our earlier blog titled “Look to an Expert for Your ACE and ABI Needs,” do so now. We’ve established a credible reputation when it comes to EDI. Our technology innovations simplify the ACE process for our customers, increase their productivity and ensure compliance. What’s more, we’ve been ahead of the curve in terms of technology availability for all earlier deployments, and we will be ahead of the curve for the December 2017 and February 2018 implementation dates, too.