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September 22, 2016

Electronic Drawback, Duty Deferral Filings and Liquidations Soon Processed in ACE

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) recently published a notice announcing that, effective October 1, 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”) will be the sole CBP-authorized electronic data interchange (EDI) system for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. CBP later pushed back the deployment of these capabilities to October 29, 2016, in order to afford the trade community with additional time to prepare for the transition to ACE.[1] After that date, filers will no longer be allowed to submit such filings through the legacy Automated Commercial System (ACS).

Additionally, CBP announced that on October 29, 2016 it will deploy liquidation capabilities in ACE, at which time liquidations will no longer be processed in ACS and will be done via ACE. The changes include new weekly processing (as opposed to the current two-week cycle) and an electronic bulletin available on CBP.gov that will replace paper postings.

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[1] CBP stated that the date adjustment also affects the mandatory filing of liquidation, reconciliation, collections, statements, and automated surety interface. To ensure quick resolution of any issues that may arise following the October 29th deployment, CBP will establish an operations center to support the transition to ACE for post-release capabilities for CBP users.