Customs and Border Protection on Friday started advance testing of the ocean and rail cargo manifest systems in the Automated Commercial Environment
The manifest test was to begin Thursday but was delayed because of the breakdown of a database function in the older Automated Commercial System. The manifest programs, known as the ACE “M1 release,” still rely on data from ACS.
Testing will determine ACE’s ability to process data from carriers in higher volumes. The system began pilot testing in May with a small group of carriers and customs brokers. If the new test is successful, Customs intends to turn off the ACS manifest functions in June 2012.
ACE is $1.4 billion project that’s been closely-watched by importers, carriers and intermediaries. It has been plagued with delays and cost overruns since its inception in 2000. Customs reorganized the project two years ago, and managers are confident in ACE’s future.