AAEI Urges DHS to Alter ACE Transition

February 8, 2016

AAEI is calling on US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to release its contingency plans for the transition to Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as soon as possible. AAEI sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Mayorkas expressing deep concern over the February 28th deadline for filing entries in ACE. 

As AAEI’s letter states, “We do not believe that either the trade community or CBP will be ready for a full transition by the end of February. There are currently about 25% of entries going though ACE. If the plan is to get to 100% by February 28th, there would have to be a migration of almost 5% of entries a day to achieve that goal. This does not seem feasible to us.”

AAEI is calling on CBP to freeze programming on the ACE systems and then allow a 60 period of time before implementation.

On Monday, February 8, 2016, CBP announced an “Updated ACE Transition Guidance” which may be found on CBP’s website by clicking here.  Below is the updated timeline:

  • February 28, 2016: Beginning February 28, 2016 CBP will start divesting the legacy Automated Commercial System (ACS) by: 
    1. Offering limited Client Representative and Technology Service Desk support to the trade for ACS entry/entry summary types that are available in ACE. 
    2. Performing ACS maintenance during peak business hours. 
    3. Providing processing priority to ACE entries where corresponding ACS entries are still available. 
  • March 31, 2016: Filers will be required to file in ACE and no longer permitted to file in ACS the following transactions. 1. Electronic entry summaries, associated with the following entry types, with no PGA data: 
    • 01 – Consumption 
    • 03 – Consumption – Antidumping/Countervailing Duty 
    • 11 – Informal 
    • 23 – Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) 
    • 51 – Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR) 
    • 52 – Government – Dutiable 2. Electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries, associated with the entry types above, with data for the following agencies: 
      • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for Lacey Act, unless paired with other Partner Government Agency (PGA) data 
      • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), unless paired with other PGA data


AAEI Letter to Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Attachments – February 3, 2016