WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a new milestone for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, with more than 75 percent of all cargo imported into the United States—approximately 81,000 of the total 108,000 transactions every day—now being processed electronically through ACE. The ACE system is also successfully processing approximately 97 percent of entry summary documentation, the critical information needed by the U.S. government to correctly assess duties, collect statistics, and ensure compliance with U.S. trade law.
ACE is the “Single Window” through which businesses electronically transmit required information to the U.S. Government, giving trade stakeholders earlier access to shipment data while speeding the flow of legitimate trade. ACE will also help reduce costs for businesses and government.
“We are very encouraged by the recent growth in ACE filings, particularly with the major increases we have seen in ACE cargo release filing in recent weeks,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “The entire leadership team here at CBP continues to work closely with the customs brokers, importers, and others in the trade community to drive this successful transition to ACE and the creation of the U.S. Government’s Single Window to meet the President’s year-end goal.”
The next key milestone in the transition to ACE/Single Window is May 28, when filers will be required to file in ACE electronic entries (cargo release) for the most commonly filed entry types, as well as Foreign Trade Zone entries and entry summaries.
CBP is on track, together with trade and Partner Government Agency stakeholders, to deliver all core trade processing capabilities by the end of December 2016 in order to meet the goal of the President’s 2014 Single Window Executive Order.