ACE: Help CBP and file entries in the PGA Pilot

seal_aceAs many in the trade know, one of the most daunting tasks faced by US Customs in migrating to ACE is the deployment of functionality for cargo release which is conditioned on the approval of Partner Government Agencies.  This involves the incorporation of 47 PGAs involved in the trade process and nearly 200 forms required for imports and exports. To help create a Single Window — a one-stop shop for clearance of imports requiring one or more PGA approvals — CBP is enlisting the assistance of the trade in its PGA Pilot per CSMS #15-000886:

  • What is the PGA Pilot? The PGA Pilot is an opportunity for the trade community to work closely with CBP and the PGAs as we begin a filer’s transition to ACE for use of the PGA message set. CBP will assist in connecting the trade with the appropriate contacts at the various PGAs and providing guidance as necessary. CBP and PGA technical teams will hold a conference call with the filer (and software vendor if applicable) to monitor the filer’s first ACE Cargo Release transactions with PGA message set data into ACE.
  • There are no restrictions to participate in the PGA Pilot, unless specifically noted. A filer will pick one or a few entries for pilot filing and, after piloting successfully, the PGA will advise if and when the filer can start to transmit those entries unassisted. Once approved, a filer can transmit one or all entries into ACE during the pilot period for that PGA program. All filers are eligible to participate in the pilot unless otherwise noted.

Additional information on the PGA Pilot can be found here.

CBP publishes new ACE Adoption Rate Monthly Report

The October 2015 update to US Customs’ ACE Adoption Rate Report, which provides data on the trade’s transition to ACE, is now available.  As expected, the adoption rate continues to climb for both Cargo Release and Entry Summary.  Other interesting statistics, including data on PGA pilots and ACE functionality deployments, are included.

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New! ONE USG message in ACE includes notice of both CBP and PGA entry releases


On October 31, in support of the ACE Single Window Initiative, US Customs deployed functionality for the new “ONE USG” entry status notification. This alert indicates that an entry has been released by CBP and any applicable Partner Government Agencies (“PGA”).

For filers (brokers or direct filing importers), receipt of the ONE USG message will be the first time that a single source will identify whether a shipment has cleared CBP and all other PGAs.  The ONE USG message is an entry level status message, replacing the “paperless” message but also covering the PGA release confirmation.  Therefore, importers will now know, definitively, that their products can be shipped out to their respective customers or used in their manufacturing processes.

On the other hand, carriers will still rely on the 1C message to confirm release the goods.  The 1C is posted as soon as the ONE USG message is received by the filer.  Other bonded facilities (e.g. warehouses) now also have the ability to view the 1C message with an ACE Cargo Query, using an ACE-certified ABI software solution such as CustomsNow™ CQS.  This process will replace the paper 3461, which is now obsolete.

It’s important to note that a 1C disposition code will also be posted once CBP has releases a shipment, even if the PGA has ordered that the shipment be held intact (“Hold Intact”) pending further review.   The PGA will instruct the filer of such a hold, via an entry level messages, to “Hold Intact” the cargo at their chosen facility while they conduct a review.

The below illustrates when a release will, or will not, be posted to an import shipment (click to enlarge): entry hold types

ACE reporting now enhanced — watch CBP’s webinar

seal_aceLast week,  US Customs held a webinar on the ACE Reports User Interface, which provides a brief overview of the upcoming enhancements to ACE reports, including a new home page, revised training resources page, and a more intuititive navigational structure, scheduled to deploy on October 31, 2015.

That webinar has been recorded and is now available on CBP’s website on demand.  For access, click here.