Changes ahead for 2018: Reconciliation Entries and ACE Transitioning

With the processing of reconciliation entries transitioning to ACE on February 24, 2018, we wanted to let our readers understand the practical results.  For instance:

  • ACE will be the sole mechanism to file Reconciliation entries (even if the underlying entries were filed in ACS)
  • Importers may choose the port in which to file
  • CBP will no longer blanket flag an importer’s entries for Reconciliation.  Self-filing importers, as well as those entries processed by a 3rd party broker, will need to be flagged individually.
  • You cannot file a PSC to adjust an entry to be flagged for Recon.  The only recourse is to request that CBP flag your entry retroactively.  This request must be made within 60 days of liquidation.
  • Importers indicate whether any of the underlying entries in a Reconciliation entry were subject to a prior disclosure
  • No-change Reconciliations will only need to identify the underlying entry numbers and original entered values, duties, and fees not being reported for aggregate or entry-by-entry Reconciliations.

CBP will also no longer provide the MasterFile Extract and Liquidation Extract Reports to importers that provided detail on entries flagged for Reconciliation. Importers may utilize ACE reports to identify those entry numbers going forward. For an unknown limited amount of time, ITRAC reports will also still be available; though it is likely they will be discontinued as well.

While we look forward to certain aspects of CBP’s transition of Reconciliation entries to ACE, such as the elimination of reporting of original values, duties, and fees, there are some aspects of which we are wary. In particular, because CBP can no longer blanket flag entries and will only grant retroactive requests to flag at its discretion and for a limited amount of time, it is very important to both trust and monitors your customs brokers’ entry flagging.

Importers can work with their customs brokers to enact a blanket flag, just as CBP had been doing, or if they had been entry-by-entry flagging, work with their customs brokers to mimic the conditions for which they had been previously flagging their entries. Additionally, given the glitches, we have seen when other programs have transitioned to ACE, and the fact that many Reconciliation entries are due in October, importers, and CBP should allow ample time to sort things out before the first Reconciliation due date arrives.  Read more here.

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Advanced Screening for Air Freight to Continue


On July 24th, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register notice announcing an extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program which was due to expire on July 26, 2017. The program has been extended for another year.

In brief, the ACAS pilot revises the time frame for pilot participants to transmit a subset of mandatory advance electronic information for air cargo of no later than the time of departure of the aircraft for the United States (from specified locations) or four hours prior to arrival in the United States for all other locations.


The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants agree to submit a subset of the required 19 CFR 122.48a data elements (ACAS data) at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States. The ACAS data is used to target high-risk air cargo.

To address air cargo security vulnerabilities, CBP intends to amend the CBP regulations to incorporate ACAS as an ongoing regulatory program. The regulation will take into account the results of the pilot and the concerns of industry. CBP would like the pilot to continue during the rulemaking process to provide continuity in the flow of advance air cargo security information and serve as a partial stop-gap security measure. CBP would also like to continue to provide pilot participants with the additional opportunity to adjust and test business procedures and operations in preparation for the forthcoming rule.

2017 CBP East Coast Trade Symposium Registration Open Now


CBP East Coast Symposium has been announced.  CBP announced this year’s east coast symposium will be in Atlanta, GA, December 5th & 6th 2017.

What’s on the agenda?

Section 321, also known as the De Minimis shipments is the hot topic. Because of the explosion of e-commerce and low-value shipments coming into the US with the corresponding De Minimus amount raised to $800 we expect to hear more about this at the top of the agenda.

Hopes are that CBP is planning on allowing the Trade to declare these shipments via ABI soon which will allow for better screening and easier declarations for the Trade.

Read the CSMS message here

Register for the symposium here


NAFTA Shakeup Could Impact US Auto Industry

Customs Now NaftaPresident Trumps proposed changes include requiring that vehicles have 85% NAFTA-sourced parts is under discussion, but talks are going slow. Mexico and Canada are the naysayers that are so far are unwilling to yield, but talks are expected to last into 2018. As it stands now, autos can transport without tariffs as long as they are made with 62.5% content from the three NAFTA nations. If the Trump administration has their way the proposed changes could signify the return of the U.S as a powerhouse in the car manufacturing industry and will bring in a new influx of jobs. Read more at the American Journal of Transportation

Updates to ACE Export Manifest Implementation Guides Now Available

Customs Now CPB Updates

The US Customs and Border Protection has announced changes and updates on Implementation Guides. This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Customs Manifest Transaction Set (309) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used by carriers, terminal operators, port authorities, or service centers to provide Customs with manifest data on cargo arriving in or departing from oceangoing vessels, railroad trains, or other types of conveyances.

To view this change:

 Rail Manifest X12 – 309 Customs Manifest Implementation Guide

To view all changes announced in October of 2017

Ace Export Manifest Implementation Guide


CSMS# 17-000621 – ALL In-bonds must be filed electronically, effective Nov. 27th, 2017!

Loading DockAttention Carriers!  New CBP Requirement:  ALL In-bonds must be filed electronically, effective Nov. 27th, 2017!

As initially announced by CBP in CSMS# 17-000621 Publication of an FRN Concerning Changes to the In-Bond Process”, and the Federal Register Notice dated September 28th, effective November 27th, 2017, CBP will now require that all in-Bonds must be filed electronically, with only limited exceptions.

Under this new rule, ELECTRONIC in-bonds are required for ocean, rail, and truck merchandise, PLUS the six-digit HTS will also now be required.

The methods available to submit an in-bond are through ACE (manifest) or ABI (QP/ WP).  Read the Federal Register Notice here.

Bonded carriers and facilities can manage their own electronic filing process, and CustomsNow can assist with this transition.  We are an ACE-certified, ABI software provider with QP/WP functionality and licensed brokerage support.

The benefits of electronic in-bond filing with CustomsNow are:

  • In-bond Management:  Create, update and/or arrive in-Bonds electronically
  • Visibility:  See real-time in-bond, PTT, CBP status results in seconds
  • Control:  Query any in-Bond, bill of lading or airwaybill with CBP
  • Record Retention: Retain electronic results as evidence of release, arrival or export
  • Savings:   Save time and costs over manual or 3rd party processing

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