Free trade agreement (FTA) summaries updated

US_FTA_Negotiations_as_of_May_2008In follow up to our post of March 20, US Customs has recently updated its first-ever side-by-side comparison of the United States’ non-textile free trade agreements (FTAs).  The comparison document, which has been “extensively expanded,” has been published in CSMS #13-000617.

CBP to advise on ACE updates at software conference

seal_aceIn CSMS #13-000604, US Customs announced that it will present on upcoming changes to ACE at a one-day NCBFFA software developers conference to be held in the Baltimore area on February 25, 2014.

Topics include operational and technical changes related to:

  • Entry Summary Accounts and Revenue (ESAR)
  • Cargo Release (including PGA Message Set)
  • Exports
  • E-bonds

Per CBP, “these sessions will be very valuable in preparing importers, exporters, brokers, carriers, and their software developers for the upcoming deployments of ACE functionality.”

See registration details.


Recent ACE updates

seal_aceFrom US Customs’ November 2013 “ACEopedia”….

New ACE functionality deployed on November 2, 2013 includes:

  • ACE Cargo Release (also known as Simplified Entry) pilot enhancements that allow electronic entry corrections and cancellations, integration of in-bond movements, split shipments (hold all and immediate delivery), and partial quantities (without in-bond) and an update of the ACE Cargo Release user interface for CBP users. (see more details here).
  • The software code necessary to support PGA Message Set pilots with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and a single accept/reject message for the Entry Summary response to trade filers. The PGA Message Set pilots are scheduled to begin in early FY 2014.
  • Entry Summary Validations related to Harbor Maintenance Fees and Classification
  • Streamlined findings input for CBP Agriculture Specialists.