Mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is now in effect for most entry types. Learn what you need to keep shipments moving.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced their intention that all electronic cargo releases for most entry types, and their related entry summaries to be submitted through the ACE system in 2016 and 2017.

Key ACE rollout dates

Waived through September 30, 2017

  • FCC 740 form for imports of Radio Frequency Devices continues to be waived for shipments regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).

As of July 31, 2017

 As of July 8, 2017 

  • ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings, and the Automated Commercial System (ACS) will no longer be a CBP-authorized EDI system for processing these filings.
  • July 8, 2017 is the effective date for the modifications to the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) tests regarding Reconciliation, Post-Summary Corrections and Periodic Monthly Statements.

 As of June 22, 2017

  • Filers must use ACE to file distilled spirits, wines, beer, tobacco products, and cigarette papers and tube shipments regulated by The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

 As of May 30, 2017  

  • Additional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data required for food importation to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSV) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

As of April 27, 2017

As of March 21, 2017

  • Shipments regulated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), Vehicles and Engines (VNE) under the Clean Air Act, and or Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

As of March 21, 2017

As of December 31, 2016

  • Shipments regulated by Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Shipments regulated by Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)

As of September 20, 2016

As of July 23, 2016

  • ACS is no longer allowed as an alternate filing method and all quota entries/entry summaries are mandatory in ACE.

As of June 15, 2016
Filers must use ACE to file the following data types:

As of May 28, 2016
Filers must use ACE to file the following data types:

  • FTZ entry types with no additional PGA data.
  • FTZ entry types with APHIS Lacey and NHTSA data.

As of March 31, 2016
Filers must use ACE to file the following data types:

Throughout Summer/Fall 2016

Throughout balance of 2016, the following additional requirements will also become mandatory:

Click here to view the complete list of entry types and their associated dates for mandatory filing under ACE.

Livingston is ACE-ready

Livingston’s people, processes and technology are ready for ACE:

  • We’ve been participating in both ACE entry summary and cargo release for some time, ensuring our familiarity with ACE and its requirements.
  • We’ve upgraded our brokerage systems to be fully ACE-compliant.
  • We’re committed to keeping clients informed of changes, as we become aware of them.

Supporting our clients’ needs

We have migrated to a new operating system that, in addition to being ACE-compliant, has helped us modernize and simplify our interfaces and further streamlined the exchange of information. Livingston clients now have better access to reports, better product database management and improved checks and balances to help maintain compliance.

We’ve also launched an improved client facing data collection tool to make connecting to Livingston’s people and your trade data easier than ever. Read a brief overview of the ACE data collection web application and learn what details you need to provide.

More importantly, we’re streamlining our operating model to strengthen our service and support efforts. This new model gives our clients greater access to our service teams and our customs and trade experts, and will allow us to keep our clients fully informed of the regulatory changes that affect their business.

If you have any further questions regarding ACE, please contact your local client service representative; call us at 1-855-225-5548; or email us.