U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released a schedule for completing trade processing capabilities in its automated commercial environment by the end of 2016.
ACE consolidates, automates and modernizes border processing, and when complete, will provide a single access point to connect the trade community with Customs and partner government agencies. According to the schedule, all electronic import and export manifest data must be transmitted via ACE by May 1, 2015, and all data associated with the release of cargo must be transmitted via ACE by Nov. 1, 2015. The deadline for mandated use of the ACE system is Oct. 1, 2016.
“This announcement marks a significant step forward for us,” said Thomas S. Winkowski, Customs’ acting commissioner, in a written statement. “ACE is the backbone of CBP trade processing and risk management activities and the key to many of the agency’s trade transformation initiatives.”