Recently, we discussed glitches in ACE that prevented carriers from seeing release messages for air cargo, even though the filers receive paperless releases in ACE. To address the issue, the Port of Los Angeles announced a paper-based workaround, which was extended through July 31, 2015.
While the overall air manifest environment is improving in performance, technical issues remain. Therefore, the Port of LA has extended the paper workaround until further notice, and has provided additional guidance for the trade.
The International Trade Data System (ITDS) Committee of the Trade Support Network (TSN) is seeking participants from the trade in the new US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) ACE/ITDS Working Group. The purpose of the group is to develop technical requirements for participation by FWS in the ACE/ITDS. Specifically, the goal is to ensure that the trade is capable of electronically submitting FWS data using the Partner Government Agency (PGA) message set in ACE.
As most in the trade are aware, US Customs’ new ACE system will become the Single Window – the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports to US Customs and other agencies having jurisdiction. Currently, CBP and 47 PGAs are working to enable shippers to file cargo entries in ACE.
Details of participating in the FWS working group are available here. Interested parties must submit a request to apply by July 30.
The twin ports have formed stakeholder groups to address the issues that are causing increased turn times. However, as vessels calling in the ports get larger, the congestion persists. And now the trucking industry is able charge shippers for excess truck waiting times — the “new normal.” (*JOC site registration required)
In yesterday’s Federal Register, US Customs announced an upcoming National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test of the Remote Location Filing (RLF) program. Under the RLF program, self-filing importers, and customs brokers with a national permit and RLF approval, may file entries electronically from a remote location other than the port where the cargo is being entered.
The NCAP test, which is in furtherance of CBP’s Trade Transformation modernization initiatives, especially ACE, is slated to go live on August 12, 2015 through an unspecified end date. Key highlights of the test are:
Adding entry type 52 (government – dutiable) to those eligible for RLF procedures (types 01, 03 and 11)