But really, how will ACE work?

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As mentioned in this blog previously, the first of the ACE deadlines are fast approaching.ACE Chart

Many in the trade still have fundamental questions about how ACE they will transact with ACE.  To address these concerns, US Customs’ ACEopedia (updated October 2014) provides a handy checklist (inset) to determine which part of ACE will handle a particular task.  According to CBP, there are two primary methods of interacting with ACE:

  1. Filing transactions via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Interfaces:   With the exception of filing an electronic truck manifest and Importer Security Filing for low volume filers, EDI is the only mechanism through which transactions (entries, entry summaries, and ocean and rail manifests) can be filed in ACE.  [Note:  And by “EDI”, CBP means the Automated Broker Interface, which self-filing importers and customs brokers currently use to file entries, ISFs, etc.  See our blog post on this topic.]
  2. Using the ACE Secure Data Portal:  
    The ACE portal is an online tool that allows users to file electronic truck manifests and run reports. ACE reports can be used to monitor compliance and daily operations.

Reminder:  Mandated use of certain ACE functionality will commence in May 2015 and mandated use of ACE for all trade processing will be required by October 2016.  Make sure now that your (or your broker’s) ABI software is ACE-certified to avoid any problems next year!

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