Take the ACE survey




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.

CBP: Document Image System 101

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.

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Which is the only US port on JOC’s top 10 fastest growing container port list?

According to the Journal of Commerce*, the following are ports that achieved year-over-year throughput growth of at least 10 percent in 2014:

  1. Tanger Med, Morocco
  2. Hoi Chi Minh City/Cai Med, Vietnam
  3. Haiphong, Vietnam
  4. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  5. Piraeus, Greece
  6. Port Said East, Egypt
  7. Ningbo-Zhoushan, China
  8. Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
  9. Tanjung Pelepas,air max, Malaysia
  10. 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.

(*JOC site registration required)

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Register now for the 2015 East Coast Trade Symposium

eastcoasttradesymposiumFrom 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.

ACE: It’s for exports, too!


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. 


Stay current — CBP posts new, updated ACE information



Per CSMS #15-000733, CBP has issued its August-September 2015 ACE Monthly Trade Update, which updates the ACE Mandatory Use Dates webpage, ACE Development and Deployment Schedule, and Partner Government Agency documentation (PGA) available on CBP.gov. The updated ACE information, with links, includes:

  • The ACE Mandatory Use Dates webpage provides details on the updated dates for the trade transition to filing entry, entry summary, and PGA data in ACE and the decommissioning of the corresponding entry and entry summary processing functionality in legacy ACS.
  • The ACE Development and Deployment Schedule provides details on when upcoming ACE capabilities will be developed and deployed into the ACE production environment.
  • The ACE PGA Forms List provides the PGA form names and data descriptions required at the time of entry and entry summary filing for the ACE Mandatory Use Dates, and identifies the method of submission used by the trade community to electronically transmit PGA information to ACE.
  • The ACE ITDS PGA Pilot Rollout Plan and Schedule document lists the ports associated with the ACE PGA Pilots.
  • The List of DIS Forms Available and/or Required at Entry,sneaker Post Release, and Export documents provides a list of DIS forms that are available and/or required for the February 28, 2016 ACE Mandatory Use Date.

For even more information on this topic, see CustomsNow™’s ACE Resource page.