CustomsNow™ enhances the PSC process in ACE

pencilOne of the most valuable benefits of ACE is the Post-Summary Correction (PSC) process, which not only is paperless (electronic) but allows importers to file corrections up to 270 days after the date of the entry.  Even better, CustomsNow™ is pleased to announce our PSC stand-alone solution now provides you with the ability to process a PSC for an entry that was created by another filer!  Many importers have been looking forward to this ability so they can correct entries filed by their brokers quickly and easily.

To learn more about the PSC process generally, or to determine whether your entry qualifies for the PSC process, check out US Customs’ PSC resource page.  And please contact us if you’d like to learn more about our new PSC stand-alone solution!



What are the next critical ACE deadlines?

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Still trying to get your head around the various ACE deadlines in 2016?  Then check out US Customs’ ACE Mandatory Use Dates resource.  Important upcoming deadlines are:

  • July 23 – Filers will also be required to file in ACE and no longer permitted to file in ACS many transactions, including those relating to warehouses
  • August 27 – All electronic protests must be filed via the ACE Secure Data Portal (ACE Portal).
  • October 1 – Transmission of all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process will be required in ACE. This requirement includes:
    • Duty Deferrals
    • Drawback
    • Reconciliation
    • Statements (with associated collections functions)
    • Liquidation
  • December – full implementation of the Single Window via ACE

DEA imports/exports? Sign up for ACE pilot



US Customs has announced an ACE pilot for importers and exporters of cargo subject to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approval.  The test is expected to start close to August 1, so sign up now!  See details here > DEA_ImportExport_Pilot_2016

Mercedes-Benz 3D prints spare parts

We’ve posted previously about how 3D printing will affect supply chainsor not.  Here’s an interesting quote on this topic m-bfrom, discussing how Mercedes-Benz uses 3D printing for on-demand spare parts.  It’s amazing how 3D printing is becoming so deeply engrained in manufacturing… with no doubt an effect on shipping.

The process is especially useful when it comes to low-volume parts, or parts no longer being series produced.  Rather than forcing production facilities to maintain old tooling, 3D printing means manufacturers are able to order and create parts from old catalogs or model lines.  Because parts can be printing instantly, Mercedes-Benz is also able [to] avoid wasting storeroom space.

The full article is here.

FDA reviews response time frames in ACE

fdalogoFrom CSMS #16-000554:

  • FDA regulated commodities go through multiple screening processes, depending on the product. From the time FDA successfully receives the entry data in its system, the screening process can vary from minutes to same business day processing, or multiple business days depending on the volume of entries/lines sent by CBP at a given time and the quality of information transmitted.
  • At the end of this screening process FDA’s system will return to CBP a message from CBP’s ACE Cargo Release Status Notification Implementation guide.
  • For commodities that require Prior Notice, the Prior Notice Confirmation Number should typically be received within 30 minutes (based on volume of entries/lines received within that window) from the time FDA successfully receives the data in their system.
  • FDA does not have a regulatory mandate regarding entry review time frames when determining admissibility of the FDA-regulated articles under 801(a.) However, FDA continues to improve the efficiency and consistency of the import admissibility process, including development of internal standards regarding entry review for an initial admissibility determination under 801(a.)
  • FDA regularly monitors its system and process performance throughout each day for anomalies.

ACE: Clarification on FCC import clearance

fcc-logo_white-on-blackIn follow up to our recent post on FCC import clearance, please note that US Customs has provided additional clarification.  From CSMS #16-000583:

* Effective July 1, 2016, FCC flags were removed to comply the with Federal Register Notice allowing trade to be exempt from filing FCC data until the regulations are updated to no longer require the submission of FCC data on electronic entry summaries.

*This requirement to file FCC data is based on the Import Date rather than the date of entry summary filing. If the import date is prior to July 1, 2016, the FCC data must still be provided on the entry summary. Imports after July 1, 2016 will not be required to supply FCC data.

* Separately, CBP will no longer accept OGA Message Set data when ACS begins rejecting all entries and entry summaries on July 23, 2016. On that date, additional system validations will be in place to reject any ACE transactions that include the OGA Message Set data. Additionally, modifications will be made to ACE to no longer require FCC data regardless of the Import date since the OGA Message Set will no longer be accepted.

ACE: View free recorded webinars on textiles & apparel, quota issues



US Customs, through the Border Interagency Executive Council, continues to provide tremendous guidance as ACE rolls out.

ACE for Textiles and Apparel (June 28, 2016) 

Overarching Quota Transition to ACE (June 28, 2016)

Additional ACE webinars and outreach events are posted here.

PLEASE NOTE: Any information or deadlines provided in webinar recordings, slides or transcripts were current at the time of recording. There may have been subsequent updates, so please visit ACE News or the ACE Mandatory Transition Dates pages for the latest information.

Don’t miss OCWIT’s 23nd Annual Seaport Operations Tour & Harbor Cruise Luncheon



From OCWIT:  Join Women in International Trade – Orange County for our 23rd Annual Seaport Operations Tour & Harbor Cruise Luncheon on July 26. We’re looking forward to an exciting day of touring some great facilities in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach along with lunch at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Come learn from and network with port authorities, industry professionals, container terminal and freight station operators, warehouse and distribution proprietors and view cargo movements and port operations from the ground, rail and sea.

Details and event registration are here.

American Shipper report: Number of self-filing importers has doubled!

A significant development in the US importing world:  American Shipper has just released an import benchmark study,All The thumbsupRight Moves: Importers Turn to Self-Filing,” which reports that the percentage of importers who are direct filing their customs entries nearly doubled in 2016 from 2014 and 2015 levels.

And here’s why:

  1. Importers in general are becoming more comfortable with tools and systems that let them self-file (direct file) some or all of their entries.
  2. The cutover to ACE this year placed some shippers in position where they might have been more prepared for ACE than their brokers, and so felt better served by filing themselves.
  3. There’s a general trend toward filing self-reliance in the trade, where importers want more control over their filing destiny. They want increased accuracy without having to go through their broker for corrections.

The free report is available here (registration required).

Please use these links to the CustomsNow™ website to learn more about direct filing — and automating your import clearance process —  with our ACE-compliant solutions backed by support by licensed customs brokers:




FDA ACE entries: common errors

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Since the month of June FDA has seen a sharp increase in submission of ACE entries containing errors which do not result in a reject at this time, but cause issues with FDA’s automated processing and subsequent admissibility decision-making process. This message is intended to convey these common errors so filers may make any corrections to their ABI systems that will avoid them moving forward.

1. One of the most common errors is the submission of duplicate units of measure when describing the quantity of product on a single FDA line. FDA’s quantity reporting requirements have not changed with ACE and filers should continue to describe the product from largest container down to the smallest base unit. An example would be a product that ships in 100 cartons (CT), each containing 24 boxes (BX), each containing 10 packages (PK) of 12 oz. (OZ) each. It is not appropriate to send cartons, boxes, packages or ounces twice on this example line. Different packaging sizes should be transmitted as separate lines in order to accurately reflect the product’s state when making entry into the country. Instructions on transmitting quantity to FDA are attached to this CSMS message.

Further quantity examples:

  • Product: 1000 cases of mineral water, 24/12 ounce bottles in each case
    • Data pairs: 1000 CS (Case)
    • 24 BO (Bottle, Non-protected, Cyl)
    • 12 FOZ (Ounces, fluid) (Base Unit)
  • Product: 200 cartons of 100 rolls surgical gauze, 75 square yards per roll
    • Data pairs: 200 CT (Carton)
    • 100 RO (Roll)
    • 75 (SYD (Square Yards) (Base Unit)

2. FDA requires Manufacturer (MF) as a mandatory entity in PG19 for lines on entries with Product Codes that are identified as “Non-Food” (not requiring Prior Notice) and for lines on entries with Product Codes that are identified as “Food” and already having a Prior Notice Confirmation. Filers need to provide the Manufacturer entity in PG19 for these scenarios.

3. FDA limits “Affirmation of Compliance Qualifier field” in PG23 (Affirmation of Compliance) to a size of 30 characters. Filers should provide no more than 30 characters for this field in PG23. In addition, the qualifier must follow the syntax indicated in the FDA Supplemental Guide.

4. Intended Use Code: FDA requires trade to provide a valid intended use code which is listed in the FDA Supplemental Guide 2.4.1 and CBP ACE CATAIR

5. Missing/Invalid Affirmations of Compliance- AofC Codes are required based on product type (and FDA Product Code), intended use, mode of transport. There have been additions and changes to many AofCs in ACE

6. Missing/Invalid Entities

• 4-5 Entities are required for Non-PN Lines

• 7 Entities are required for PN Lines

Incorrect entity role codes for a given commodity can cause processing errors and delays. Refer to the FDA Supplemental Guide to determine which entities should be provided for a given product.

Please direct any questions to ACE_SUPPORT@FDA.HHS.GOV