A new directive regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s single window Automated Commercial Environment initiative phases in mandatory entry summary and filing from March through May, after the previous Feb. 28 deadline.
The announcement is part of a new staggered approach to implementing the single window initiative driven primarily by feedback from the cargo movement industry.
“While significant progress has been made, continued concerns about stakeholder readiness have necessitated an updated timeline for the mandatory transition to ACE for electronic entry and entry summary filing,” CBP said in a statement. “This updated timeline continues to align with our December 2016 deadline for full implementation of the Single Window via ACE.”
Under the revised schedule of implementation, it will be mandatory to file electronic entry summaries for six entry types by March 31 and electronic entries for those same entry types by May 28. Both filings were set to be mandatory within ACE by Feb. 28 under the previous schedule.
Filers will be required to file in ACE for a broader range on entry types by the summer of 2016. CBP officials will start divesting of their legacy Automated Commercial System on
Feb. 28 by reducing tech support to users and prioritizing ACE entries over ACS entries.
Get more information and details on the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website.