Outlook on CBP 2014
Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
by

Sara Schroerlucke, ACE Program Manager

Briefing to
Governm...
ACE – The IT Foundation for the
Single Window
ACE will automate trade processing and data collection for 47 federal agenci...
ACE Transition
•

CBP’s plan is to complete development and delivery of remaining core
trade processing features in ACE by...
ACE Progress
Expands data available
to assess safety, security,
compliance

Enables speedier
release of legitimate
importe...
ACE Deployment A
 Due to the Government shut down, the first deployment of new ACE
functionality postponed until November...
ACE Deployment B
 Completed successfully on January 4, 2014 and included:
Capability

CBP User Impact

CBP Training

Mani...
Questions?

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Description of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) program at U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) presented by ACE program manager, Sara Schroerlucke at the Government Technology & Services Coalition meeting, Outlook on CBP

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U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Program

  1. 1. Outlook on CBP 2014 Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) by Sara Schroerlucke, ACE Program Manager Briefing to Government Technology & Services Coalition January 15, 2014
  2. 2. ACE – The IT Foundation for the Single Window ACE will automate trade processing and data collection for 47 federal agencies Enhances agency enforcement missions through trade targeting and risk segmentation Strengthens the global supply chain to protect U.S. interests and enhance prosperity Pre-arrival data linked and available in ACE Supports U.S. manufacturing growth by facilitating exports Participating ocean carriers saving $900K/year in reduced courier costs (as of January 2014) National Export Initiative Seven agencies receiving automated data via ACE Global Supply Chain Strategy Streamlines interagency processing through collaboration and less paperwork U.S. Economic Competitiveness 33% faster truck processing Up to 76% duties/fees paid interest free via ACE Security and Safety Reduces U.S. supply chain transaction costs One U.S. Government at the Border Single Window Increased USDA food seizures 30-fold Automated processes saving CBP $46M/year Automated Commercial Environment
  3. 3. ACE Transition • CBP’s plan is to complete development and delivery of remaining core trade processing features in ACE by the end of 2016. – Seven deployments of new ACE features planned through 2016. – Agile development methodology being used to build and field capabilities more quickly and to ensure user input is incorporated throughout the process. • Mandatory dates for full transition to ACE: ‒ May 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for Manifest - All electronic export and import manifest data must be transmitted via ACE. ‒ November 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for Cargo Release - All data associated with the release of cargo, including PGA interactions, must be transmitted via ACE. ‒ October 1, 2016: Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining portions of the CBP cargo process. • CBP is working with industry partners to encourage early transition to ACE. ‒ Currently more than 27% of entries being filed in ACE; and ‒ More than 50% of service providers have completed certification to file ACE entry summaries.
  4. 4. ACE Progress Expands data available to assess safety, security, compliance Enables speedier release of legitimate imported cargo Modernizes data requirements to validate trade law compliance 33% faster truck processing with ACE More than 210,000 Simplified Entries filed More than 27% of entry summaries filed in ACE Modernizes processes and enhances assessment of cargo for safety, security, compliance Reduced courier/ printing costs saving each participant ~$900K/year Streamlines payment mechanisms 76% duties & fees collected via ACE
  5. 5. ACE Deployment A  Due to the Government shut down, the first deployment of new ACE functionality postponed until November 2, 2013.  Deployment A was completed successfully and included: Theme Capability Trade User Impact Entry Summary Harbor Maintenance Fee and tariff classification validations Trade-submitted data and CBP online changes will run against the validations, resulting in improved data on ACE entry summaries PGA Integration PGA Message Set pilots targeted to begin in late November: • EPA - Ozone depleting substances; Vehicles and engines • FSIS - Meat, poultry, eggs Single Window filing for trade community pilot participants, streamlined and automated processing for PGAs (EPA and FSIS) and CBP pilot ports - Long Beach and Newark (EPA pilot), Champlain, Houston and Philadelphia (FSIS pilot) Streamlined findings input for CBP Agriculture Specialists – eliminates duplicate manual entry of data resulting in 33% workload reduction; data is transferred seamlessly to APHIS systems Impacts Agricultural Specialists Additional capabilities for ACE Cargo Release pilot – Automated entry corrections and cancellations, in-bond, split shipments, partial quantities Upgraded user interface for CBP Current impact is at 16 CBP pilot ports with 20 pilot participants Cargo Release Federal Register Notice (FRN) anticipated in early November authorizing expansion of ACE Cargo Release pilot to additional trade filers and CBP air ports Reports Software upgrade (Identified fixes being worked separately) Potential impact to CBPOs and Entry Specialists at all air ports of entry and additional trade filers depending on response to Federal Register Notice and CBP consideration of available resources All ACE Reports users
  6. 6. ACE Deployment B  Completed successfully on January 4, 2014 and included: Capability CBP User Impact CBP Training Manifest • Vessel Management System (VMS) (December 7 deployment) • New screens for CBPOs at Seaports • VMS Quick Reference Guide provided Cargo Release • Mail Entry Writing System (MEWS) (December 7 deployment) • New screens for CBPOs and Import Specialists at 7 mail processing centers • MEWS Quick Reference Guide provided • Partial quantities with In-Bond, initially for air shipments • Foundational capabilities for expansion to Ocean and Rail shipments • Completion of cancellation process from Entry Summary to Cargo Release • New capabilities for Trade filers, CBP Officers and Entry Specialists • ACE Cargo Release User Guide provided • Single Accept/Reject message for Cargo Release response to the trade filer • Cargo Release data build-out • New message, data for trade filers • No training required Entry Summary • Entry Summary Validations – Simple Duty Calculations • New validations for data submitted by trade filers and online changes by CBP Entry and Import Specialists • No training required PGA Integration • Enhanced PG00 record (Reduction in data duplication) • PGA Message Improvements • Reduced data and electronic status messages for trade filers • No training required • CBPAS Streamlined Findings Input • Improved efficiency for CBPAS 6
  7. 7. Questions? 8

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