Advance 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.

ATF imports? Big change for submission of PGA information



From CSMS #17-000056:

Effective immediately, importers filing ATF information electronically through ACE are required to use the PGA Message Set. DIS images of ATF Forms, including Form 6 and 6A, will no longer be accepted. When the PGA message set is filed correctly, the importer will received an automatic “May Proceed” from ATF, and if there are no further issues, the shipment will be released. Please note, original paper ATF Forms 6 and 6A may also be submitted to the ports of entry. For further information about PGA forms and filing procedures, visit CBP’s webpage on this topic.

ACE: PGA pilot status update

From US Customs’ September 2016 ACE Monthly Trade Update:

CBP continues to work with the PGAs to complete their integration in ACE. Below is a table listing all the agencies that have entry and entry summary requirements, their methods used to receive data in ACE via PGA Message Set or Document Image System (DIS), pilot availability and the commodities being piloted.

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For additional information on PGA integration and to review the interim policy guidance on the reporting of PGA data, please visit the PGA Integration and ACE PGA Forms pages of


ACE: More CBP guidance on filing drawback claims

dutydrawbackIn follow up to yesterday’s post on changes to drawback filings that are effective October 29, please note that US Customs has revised the ACE Entry Summary Business Process document (now version 7.5a – Trade) in which Section 18, the drawback section, has been clarified and addresses feedback from the trade community.   Together, these two resources should provide filers with the latest guidance on filing drawback claims.



ACE: What’s changing for drawback filings?




As we’ve recently blogged, US Customs has moved the long-standing ACE deadline of October 1 to October 29 for numerous post-release capabilities, including duty drawback.

CBP has posted a summary of the changes for filing in ACE vs ACS, effective October 29:

  • Filers (both ABI and non-ABI) will submit only Entry type 47 for drawback; entry types 41-46 have been consolidated to the type 47 entry and will no longer be valid.
  • When submitting a drawback claim, filers will now provide the applicable provision.  The drawback provision is an existing data element from paper claim form 7551.  If transmitting using ABI, it will need to be specified in the 10 record. The list of Provisions can be found in appendix A in the Drawback CATAIR.
  • CBP Form 7551, Drawback Entry, and CBP Form 7552, Certificate of Manufacturer, will no longer be required when filing an ABI drawback entry.
  • There will be a limit of 5,000 import, manufacturing, and export or destroyed records per drawback claim.  Filings will be permitted at the 10 digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) line level and required at the 6 digit HTS line level.  For Petroleum type filings, 8 digit HTS will be required.
  • Trade filers will also be required to provide an action indicator for each import and/or manufacturing record, informing CBP of the end result of the import.
  • Filers will also need to upload documents via the Document Image System (DIS) to complete the drawback claim.  If additional information is required, CBP will send a CBP Form 28 (Request for Information) to the filer through the ACE Portal or by U.S. mail.  ABI filers may submit a response to the CBP Form 28 using the ACE Portal or DIS.  Non-ABI filers may respond by mail.

There is much more helpful guidance posted on CBP’s website, including FAQs and links to additional resources.

Update: Guidance for cargo moving in-bond from an FTZ to bonded warehouse




In follow up to our recent blog post on this topic, US Customs has announced that it expects to deploy a fix on September 15 to address a glitch in ACE requires filers of certain in-bond entries to contact their CBP client representatives to intervene, for the time being, to generate an arrival message.

See CSMS 16-000803 for details.



ACE: System bug requires a call to CBP reps to process certain in-bond/FTZ entries


A glitch in ACE requires filers of certain in-bond entries to contact their CBP client representatives to intervene, for the time being, to generate an arrival message.

Per CSMS #16-000731:  For ACE Cargo Release entries moving in-bond from FTZ facilities to bonded warehouses, the bill of lading type “FTZ Withdrawal” doesn’t generate an arrival message which is necessary for ACE Cargo Release processing to occur.  For any entries in this scenario which remain in Admissible status after successful submission and manual release by Ports if applicable, please contact your Client Rep and reference existing ticket # INC000002914731.  The ACE Cargo Release team is working on an update which should be deployed to PROD by 9/9/2016.  An additional CSMS will be sent when the update has been deployed.


Updated ACE resources posted on


ACE is happening.  Learn more now!  CBP has recently posted new and updated information concerning ACE and PGAs on The updated information includes:


Filing of ATF forms in DIS during interim period prior to mandatory filing


Per CSMS#16-000400:

During the interim period, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has decided to allow ACE Cargo Release filers to submit their ATF Forms 6 and 6A through the Document Image System (DIS) to satisfy ATF import requirements. Currently there are 3 different ways that CBP field personnel may receive ATF documentation for import; 1) the traditional paper process; 2) ACE Cargo Release submitted through the PGA Message Set; and 3) DIS with the ACE electronic entry. For DIS entries, the completion and approval of an ATF Form 6 or through its electronic equivalent (ATF’s internal system) represents ATF’s prior approval. The presence of an approved ATF Form 6 accompanied with the ATF Form 6A DIS submission represents approval of importation. Filers should submit both forms simultaneously with the entry. If filers do not send both forms with the entry, processing may halt because documents (Form 6 and 6A) are required for release. It is not necessary for CBP to print and sign the documents from DIS, nor will it be expected by ATF or the filer to receive either documents from CBP. However, filers will still be required to provide a copy of the Form 6A, with Sections I and III completed, to ATF within 15 days of the release from CBP custody without CBP signature.

ATF pilot participants may continue to submit the required data via the PGA Message Set during the interim period. This interim DIS policy is merely providing the option for Cargo Release filers to upload Forms 6 and 6A in DIS until the data captured in those forms are required to be submitted electronically via the PGA Message Set. The ATF pilot is still open, and new participants are welcome to join.

DIS: Recent program updates now include new email protocol



In addition to the recent updating of the Document Image System (DIS) Implementation Guide, US Customs is streamlining the DIS email process.

Per CSMS #16-000370:

The [DIS] is transitioning to only one email box ( and one format for most email submissions to DIS. Please review the DIS Implementation Guide on for proper email box, format, document codes, and document labels. Beginning May 28, 2016, Trade participants will no longer be allowed to submit emails to the following emails boxes: and

Additional information available here.