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ACE Mandatory Dates: Protest & Drawback Transition

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Jul 8, 2016 9:51:02 AM

ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) is an initiative to transition all import involved government agencies to the same technology platform in order to streamline the flow of imports and exports. ACE, also known as the 'Single Window,' will automate manual processes, eliminate paper and allow the trade community to more efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations. The ACE mandatory transition dates for protests and drawbacks have now been announced and are listed below. 



Ace will replace ACS (Automated Commercial System), the legacy system for filing import data electronically. All types of filings must be converted over to the ACE platform before December 31, 2016 per the official executive order signed by President Obama in 2014.  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently revised its schedule for mandatory use of ACE to include protest and drawbacks filings.

Protests are filed against CBP if the importer disagrees with a decision made or to correct information previously entered on entry documents.

Drawbacks include duty deferrals, duty drawback and reconciliation.

Below are the mandatory dates for protests and drawback filings: 

  • August 27, 2016 - All electronic protests must be filed via ACE. 
  • October 1, 2016 - Duty deferrals, duty drawback, reconciliation, statements (with associated collections functions) and liquidations must be filed via ACE. 

Some PGA (Partner Government Agencies), also known as OGA (Other Government Agencies), transition dates have not yet been announced. These include:

  • Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • Remaining APHIS data (APHIS Core)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
  • Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Enforcement and Compliance Commission (E&C)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
  • Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • Office of Marine Conservation (OMC)
  • Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
  • Alcohol and Tobacco, Tax and Tariff Bureau (TTB)

See all of the previously announced ACE mandatory use dates on the CBP website here

Marisol International will continue to provide updated ACE transition dates as the information becomes available. Marisol is already filing customs entries in ACE and account managers have been working directly with CBP, software providers and customers to ensure cargo moves as quickly as possible through the supply chain. Contact your local Marisol International account manager with any questions or concerns about ACE. 

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