New ACE Transition Schedule Announced by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

Date: February 17, 2016
Subject: New ACE Transition Schedule Announced by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
On March 31st, 2016, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is scheduled to begin the transition to its new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) environment. This transition was previously set to begin February 28th, however, it has been rescheduled to better meet the needs of the U.S. trade and importing community.

Over the coming months, CBP will gradually wind down its legacy Automated Commercial System (ACS) as it transitions to ACE in a phased manner. Below are some of the highlights of the new schedule recently communicated by CBP:

February 28th, 2016 – U.S. Customs will begin to limit ACS system support while prioritizing ACE transactions.

March 31st, 2016 – Subject to specific Participating Government Agency (PGA) involvement and readiness, the most common entry types will be required to filed through ACE only.

May 28th, 2016 – Subject to specific PGA involvement and readiness, additional entry types with be required to be filed through ACE only.

Summer 2016 – Remaining entry types and PGAs will be transitioned to the ACE environment with specific dates to be communicated in the future.

More specific information regarding entry types and the overall transition plan is available here.

Delmar International continues to closely monitor and prepare for CBP’s ACE transition. Its U.S. customs brokerage operating system has been fully tested and is current with all ACE requirements and specifications.

It is CBP’s mandate to have all applicable transactions transitioned to the new ACE environment no later than December 2016.

For additional information on ACE, please contact Delmar’s U.S. Advisory Services practice in Champlain, NY.

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