ACE program updates — 2012 and beyond

US Customs recently issued its  January 2013 “ACEopedia,” highlighting the ACE program’s successes to date, including the many accomplishments in 2012, such as:

Of special interest to US importers are these projects to be worked on in the first half of 2013:

  • Cargo Release – Automated Correction/Deletions:
    • Capability to accept (or deny) corrections and/or deletions to an entry sent by the trade community via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for Simplified Entries already on file with CBP.
  • PGA Message Set:
    • Capability to establish the first phase of two-way system to system communications between PGAs and CBP.
  • Initial Entry Summary Edits:
    • Foundation for the ability to process system “edits” or checks on the quality and accuracy of incoming entry summary data so that CBP can properly assess duties, taxes and fees. Work will begin with Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF) Validations.

All of these initiatives support CBP’s mantra that ACE “will ultimately become the ‘single window’ through which the international trade community will electronically provide all information needed by federal agencies for the import and export of cargo.”

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