NCBFAA wants urgent ACE fixes, restored functionality

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Excerpted from International Trade Today’s ACE Weekly News Brief (8/10/16)

  • ACE filers continue to face downtime and slowdown issues worse than those encountered in the legacy Automated Commercial System, and several functionalities essential to the trade community are still unavailable, including some that were available in the legacy system before it was mostly shut down July 23, the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America said in a position paper . “Much remains to be done” before the implementation of ACE can be declared a success, with performance of some aspects of the new electronic filing regime still lagging behind that of the ACS, it said.
  • Other functionalities have been “consistently communicated as essential in the ACE support from our industry,” and “should be developed and delivered in ABI immediately” regardless of whether CBP considers them to be “core” deployments, the NCBFAA said. These include automated informal entry processes, such as Section 321 in ABI, submission of CBP Form 3311 (American goods returned) in ABI, export manifest, true monthly payment via the statement, and house-bill release.
  • Accompanying the letter is a list of ACE functionalities deemed essential by the NCBFAA, including improvements to “sporadic” and “confusing messaging” and One USG messages “not functioning as intended as [an] indicator that all governing agencies have concluded their interest in holding the cargo.”

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