ACE COMPLIANCE. BE PREPARED.

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

May 1, 2018

  • Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) PGA to be filed in ACE.

February 24, 2018

  • Liquidation processing to begin in ACE. Liquidations will be processed on a weekly basis instead of a two week cycle.
  • Reconciliation processing to begin in ACE, instead of ACS.
  • Drawback processing to being in ACE, instead of ACS. This includes both ‘Core’ drawback and ‘Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA)’ drawback.
  • Automated Surety Interface to begin in ACE.

January 1, 2018

  • Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) added to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) PGA. New program covers Atlantic cod and blue crab, dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi), grouper, red king crab, Pacific Cod, red snapper, sea cucumber, sharks and tuna.

Waived through December 30, 2017

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

December 9, 2017

  • Statement processing to begin in ACE, transitioning Daily and Post Monthly Statements (PMS) from ACS to ACE.
  • Electronic filing of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Application for Admission or Status Designation (CBP form 214) to be filed in ACE, instead of paper.
  • Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code queries, additions, and updates to begin in ACE, instead of ACS.

September 16, 2017

  • Importer Security Filing (ISF) now filed in ACE, instead of ACS. The ACE Portal remains available for small volume filers (less than 12 a year), and for ocean manifest filers through existing manifest technical standards.
  • NAFTA Duty Deferral entries now filed in ACE, instead of ACS.

As of July 31, 2017

 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:

Pending PGA list, without mandatory use dates:

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.