How many shippers are filing in ACE and how are they using it?

In US Customs’ latest ACE Monthly Trade Update (January 2015), CBP provides the most recently available statistics in its ACE Adoption Rate Monthly Report for December 2014.  Among the data is a general overview of ACE user statistics, showing primarily an uptick in activity in most categories:

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In addition, the report demonstrates an increase in both cargo entry and entry summary submission rates (see tables below).  Note the difference in the total entries submitted in ACS vs. ACE for both categories.  For entry summary, nearly half of entry summaries were filed in ACE, compared to less than 4% of cargo entries.

This disparity makes sense in that CBP has been focusing its technical efforts on entry summary first, which is further along in implementation than cargo entry functionality.  Currently, ACE cargo entry is still lacking a tie-in to all 47 Participating Government Agencies (PGAs), so importers with non-CBP agencies having jurisdiction over their import shipments cannot yet file cargo entries in ACE, and are relegated to ACS.  Even so, it is clear that a notable portion of these importers file their entry summaries in ACE to take advantage of ACE’s many benefits, including enhanced, robust reporting, e-bonds, as well as the ability to file electronic Post-Summary Corrections (PSCs) in ACE up to 270 days after the date of entry.

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In any event, soon this distinction will be moot.  On November 1, 2015, CBP will mandate use of ACE for all electronic cargo release and related entry summary filing.  Since this deadline is just 9 months away, make sure that your ABI system (or your broker’s, if you’re not direct filing yet) is ACE-Certified.  (The first ACE deadline is May 1, 2015, when CBP will mandate the use of ACE for all e-manifest filing.)

For more statistics — and other ACE updates — see the ACE Monthly Trade Update (January 2015).

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