ACE Transition

ACE Transition Deadlines Are Approaching. How Prepared Are You?

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has mandated transition to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) from its legacy system, Automated Commercial System (ACS). ACS will begin its retirement on March 31, 2016, leaving ACE as the sole means to file electronic cargo releases, entries, summaries, and data for Partnering Government Agencies (PGA). While many PGAs did not formerly accept electronic filing, ACE will be the new platform for submitting data. Some PGAs will require the filing of additional data fields as well.

ACE Deployment

  • November 1, 2015: Transmission period began. Users started submitting electronic entries and entry summary filings for entry types 01 (consumption), 03 (AD/CVD), 11 (informal), 51 (military), and 52 (federal government). These were accepted with or without Partnering Government Agency (PGA) data.

  • March 31, 2016: ACE will be the only accepted means of filing entries and entry summaries for entry types 01-Consumption, 03-Consumption-Antidumping/Countervailing Duty, 11-Informal, 23-Temporary Importation Bond (TIB), 51-Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR), and 52-Government-Dutiable. Transmission of PGA data for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Lacey Act requirements and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), unless paired with other PGA data requirements, will also be required through ACE. Additional data elements or forms may be required for Lacey and NHTSA after ACE migration.
  • May 28, 2016: Foreign trade zone, entry type 06 filings.
  • TBD: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filings will continue to be filed in ACS to provide more time for industry to transition to ACE. Further information is forthcoming.

  • Summer 2016: Additional entry types to include 02-Consumption-Quota/Via, 07-Consumption-Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Quota/Visa Combination, 12-Informal-Quota/Visa (other than textiles), 21-Warehouse, and 22-Re-Warehouse. Entry summary types to include 31, 32, 34, and 38.
  • Summer 2016: Many remaining PGAs will require ACE filing, including
    • Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
    • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) (Core/non-Lacey Act)
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Defense Contracts Management Agency (DCMA)
    • Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)
    • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    • Enforcement and Compliance Commission (E&C)
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
    • Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
    • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • October 1, 2016: ACE will be mandatory across all PGAs and electronic portions of the CBP cargo process.

Beyond today’s requirements, additional data elements may be mandated for importers and exporters that transmit data via electronic data interchange (EDI). Deringer is working with its EDI customers to facilitate a smooth transition in compliance with ACE.

Deringer is Readying for ACE

Deringer is transitioning to a new operational platform to accommodate the efficient and accurate flow of data to ACE. Enabling a smooth transition, Deringer is currently piloting various PGAs, including those mandated for the March deadline. We will be communicating with clients to support this change. For additional ACE information, please send an email to