From US Customs’ CSMS #15-000797:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) invites you to take the 2015 Trade ACE User Satisfaction Survey. We want feedback on your overall satisfaction with the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and newly deployed capabilities. Your feedback will provide valuable insight into the operational benefits of ACE, and help identify areas that need improvement. Please provide additional comments that explain your responses, if applicable. Your responses allow CBP to identify areas of success and areas for improvement. It also helps CBP prioritize development efforts and improve communications with ACE users.
All comments are welcome and appreciated. Your participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
Survey closes at midnight of November 9, 2015.
Per US Customs’ CSMS #15-000791, CBP has issued a new document — ACE Basics: Document Image System. It provides an overview of what DIS is, how the process works, how to submit documents, and how to process submissions. This overview is part of a comprehensive overview of DIS on Customs’ website, including technical, reference and support information.
According to the Journal of Commerce*, the following are ports that achieved year-over-year throughput growth of at least 10 percent in 2014:
- Tanger Med, Morocco
- Hoi Chi Minh City/Cai Med, Vietnam
- Haiphong, Vietnam
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Piraeus, Greece
- Port Said East, Egypt
- Ningbo-Zhoushan, China
- Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
- Tanjung Pelepas,air max, Malaysia
- Savannah, Georgia, USA
On a related note, of the JOC Top 50 world container ports, the port of Suzhou, China, posted the biggest year-over-year decline in growth, minus 16.1 percent.
From US Customs’ CSMS 15-000771:
Registration is now open for US Customs’ East Coast Trade Symposium on Nov. 4-5, 2015 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. This year’s East Coast Trade Symposium will provide an in-depth look at Transforming Global Trade. A keynote address will be given by CBP Commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske, as well as presentations by other distinguished guests.
Topics will include:
- The United States Single Window: Border Reimagined
- Trade Facilitation Agreement: Opportunities and Responsibilities
- North American Perspective: A Customs View
- Global Supply Chain
To register online, click the following links:
Space is limited and on a first-come-first serve basis.
For more information, please visit the event’s webpage.
While much of the fanfare over ACE relates to importing, exporters will also see significant changes. From US Customs’ October 2015 ACEopedia:
- Export capabilities in ACE will incorporate those of the legacy Automated Export System (AES), while establishing a single automated processing platform for all export commodity, manifest, and licensing data (not to overlap with USXPORTS functionality*).
- Export functionality in ACE will enable CBP and Partner Government Agency (PGA) processing needs to be met for all modes of transportation (air, rail, sea and truck), and support the President’s National Export Initiative and Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. By working with partner software vendors, exporters will be able to interface with ACE to file all necessary export data and supplementary information.
- Migration of commodity filing system, AES, to new ACE platform moves closer toward a Single Window filing system for import and export data
- Incorporates Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) license control updates to include State Department licenses now under the authority of BIS
- Incorporates Census regulatory changes, for which enforced compliance went into effect on October 3, 2014
- All Modes – Ability to accept and process commodity data
- Air, Rail & Ocean – Manifest processing**
- Transition of AESDirect into ACE
* USXPORTS is an interagency program established by Department of Defense to address export license processing.
** Trade members interested in participating in the export manifest pilots should reference the Federal Register Notices (FRNs). FRNs have been published for the initiation of ocean and air export manifest pilots. The FRN for the rail export manifest pilot is currently pending.