U.S. Customs and Border Protection is signing up volunteers to test ocean and rail manifest systems in the Automated Commercial Environment.
The agency said a successful test would lead to a shutdown of the two manifest systems in the older Automated Commercial System in May 2011. It would be a major step toward permanently shuttering the 1980s-vintage entry processing system.
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Successful operation of the ocean and rail manifests would mean that carriers in three out of the four modes will be using ACE. A truck manifest system was one of the first features that Customs introduced. The only system remaining in ACS would be for air manifests.
Customs began taking applications Oct. 20 from ACS users and will continue through Dec. 22. Participants' requirements are listed in Wednesday's Federal Register.
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