As part of its concentrated effort to make ACE the single system for Customs’ EDI transactions, US Customs recently launched a pilot program to accept electronic rail and sea manifests via ACE. Building on the success of e-Manifest: trucks, CBP intends to run the pilot through approximately the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012.
Until that time, CBP will accept rail and sea manifests in both ACE and ACS “to allow trade partners ample time to implement the required programming changes prior to the decommissioning of ACS for rail and sea manifests.” At the conclusion of the pilot, ACS will be phased out for this purpose, and ACE will be the only CBP-approved EDI through which rail and sea manifests may be transmitted. Watch for Federal Register notices in the coming months for updates.
Customs’ official notice of the pilot is available here.
On a related note, now that the pilot has launched, users may now run Multi-Modal Manifest Reports in ACE. To that end, on Thursday, December 15, US Customs will offer a free webinar for the trade on running the MMM reports. Learn more and register here.