CBP Hosts Event on ACE Reporting Transition
SAN JUAN – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Office of Field Operations hosted Thursday the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Symposium to familiarize the trade community about the transition to a single window for import and export reporting.
ACE will automate and enhance interaction between international trade partners, CBP, and Partner Government Agencies (PGA) during the cargo import and export process, increasing efficiency and reducing costs compared to the manual, paper-based interactions in place to-date.
Effective Feb. 28, filers will only be permitted to file in ACE and no longer permitted to file in the Automated Commercial System (ACS) all electronic entries and associated entry summaries.
In addition, electronic data for the the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for Lacey Act transactions must be filed in ACE.
Through ACE as the single window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.
The San Juan event featured a presentation by Stephen Hilsen, director for the CBP Office of International Trade, before an audience of customs brokers to ensure their understanding and preparation for the imminent transition to ACE as the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility, and the corresponding decommission of legacy systems by the end of 2016.
“We want to stress with small and medium-sized filers in Puerto Rico that they understand the implications of the transition and that they prepare,” Hilsen said.
Marcelino Borges, director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, also addressed the audience of the symposium.