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U.S. Customs and Border Protection adopting ACE as authorized EDI system

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued an interim final rule amending its regulations to reflect that on Nov. 1 the Automated Commercial Environment will be a CBP-authorized Electronic Data Interchange system. The rule also formally informs the public that the Automated Commercial System is being phased out as a CBP-authorized EDI system for the processing of electronic entry and entry summary filings.

In addition, the rule announces the conclusion of the ACE cargo release and the entry summary, accounts and revenue tests with regard to the entry and entry summary requirements that are now part of the CBP regulations. Comments on this rule may be submitted by Nov. 12, said a Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg trade report.

CBP has been developing and testing ACE over the last several years as the successor EDI system to ACS.

During the transition from ACS to ACE, filers have continued to use the ABI functionality to transmit entry and entry summary information both to the ACS and ACE EDI systems. In the interim final rule, CBP is announcing, consistent with 19 U.S.C. 1401, that with the conclusion of the ACE cargo release test and the entry summary, accounts and revenue test ACE on Nov. 1 will become an authorized EDI system to which entry and entry summary filings can be transmitted electronically. CBP notes, however, that reconciliation entries will continue to be filed under the procedures, terms and conditions governing reconciliation.

CBP anticipates that as of the end of Feb. 2016 ACE will be fully functional for filing entry and entry summary so that ACS will no longer be available for entry filings.

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