The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) system designed to facilitate legitimate trade while enhancing border security. ACE will improve collection, sharing, and processing of information submitted to CBP and government agencies.
ACE provides a single, centralized access window for the trade community to connect with CBP and its Partner Government Agencies (PGA) called the ACE Secure Data Portal. This “single window” concept will eliminate redundancy, dramatically reduce paper usage and operational costs, and facilitate faster, more efficient processing of imports and exports.
CBP and the partner government agencies will use ACE to collect, track, and process required trade information. There are four components of this program:
Manifest Visibility & Assessment
Electronic manifests allow the government to more quickly determine if incoming cargo poses a risk or can proceed into the country, with the following benefits:
- Reduced wait time for processing at Ports of Entry.
- Enhanced visibility of cargo status through new status messages.
Working with representatives of trade associations, CBP has undertaken steps to simplify the entry process, resulting in a reduced data set, consisting of fewer elements to be filed by electronic submissions, with the following benefits:
- Streamlined submission of data elements.
- Ability for PGA and CBP personnel to provide enhanced security, safety and compliance through faster processing.
- A paperless environment.
Filers are also able to submit post summary corrections such as reconciliation, drawback, liquidation, and statements. As a result, there will be:
- A reduction of electronic invoice transmissions through electronic Census overrides.
- Decreased courier and administrative costs through elimination of paper.
- Continuation of Periodic Monthly Statement program which also allow participants to pay duties and fees on a monthly basis rather than transaction by transaction.
Partner Government Agencies (PGAs)
CBP is working closely with Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) to implement a single window. This window:
- Provides the entry filers to electronically submit documentation needed by Customs through its Document Image System (DIS),
- Provides visibility of PGA messages and releases.
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