A major ACE deadline is just weeks away, and the trade, software vendors, CBP and the PGAs are experiencing angst as they get used to the new system and try to anticipate the unknowns of what is to come.
As of October 1, CBP expects to add ACE functionality for all remaining electronic portions for the cargo process:
- Duty Deferrals
- Statements (with associated collections functions)
In addition, 17 PGAs still need to be brought online, with no hard-and-fast published deadline, though some are pushing to make the October 1st deadline. This is the subject of much debate on the ACE daily technical calls (open to the public).
Not surprisingly, this is causing shippers great concern (see Journal of Commerce article, “US shippers still grappling with ACE growing pains”)*, especially as CBP is still changing its ACE implementation guide and addressing system glitches from previously launched ACE functionality.
Unfortunately, there is no single, updated repository for the trade to keep current on these issues. At this point, our recommendation to stay up-to-date with ACE deadlines is to participate in (or listen in on) CBP’s daily ACE technical calls with PGAs. (1-877-336-1828 call ID 6124214. 1pm CST).