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.
Marisol International is excited to be a part of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) annual conference this week in Tucson, Arizona. The world of international trade is constantly evolving, and even a small regulation change can have a large impact on importers or exporters. Due to the dynamic nature of the industry, Marisol International has always focused on continuous education to offer exceptional freight forwarding and customs brokerage services. To ensure we offer the best global logistics advice to our customers, Marisol is proud to attend educational conferences such as the NCBFAA annual conference.
Beginning on March 31, it will be mandatory to use the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) to file certain electronic entry summaries to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The 'single window', commonly known as ACE, will automate manual processes, substantially minimize the use of paper, and allow the trade community to provide required data elements for multiple government agencies in a streamlined platform. So how is Marisol International preparing for ACE?
2016 is just around the corner and some major changes will take place within the international logistics industry over the next few months. The Chinese New Year, ACE implementation, the Panama Canal Expansion completion and the pending Global Container Weight Rule will impact shippers, carriers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other members of the international trade community. Below is an outline of what to expect and how to work with your freight forwarder or customs broker to prepare for these major events.
1. Beginning on February 8, the Chinese New Year will impact supply chains across Asia for up to a month. Read our blog post about the Chinese New Year here, detailing the major holiday and the possible delays shippers could encounter. The key advice is to place orders in advance to ensure shipments depart from Asia prior to the start of the holiday.
2. On March 31, ACE must be used for customs entries and ACS will no longer be available for the filing of electronic entries and associated entry summaries. ACE will allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and 47 other government agencies (OGAs) to operate on one single platform to streamline communication and the clearance process. Read our blog post about the ACE rollout here. The trade community should begin testing ACE now to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible.
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilitates the importation and exportation of goods moving through U.S. ports. In 2014, President Obama signed an executive order which authorizes CBP to implement ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) in an effort to further streamline CBP's processes and relationship with other government agencies (OGAs). So, what do shippers need to know about ACE? How will ACE streamline the process?