ACE: NHTSA Import Compliance

The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be the mandatory means to electronically file many of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)'s import data requirements starting March 31, 2016. Some Partnering Government Agencies (PGAs), including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will also roll out additional electronic filing requirements at that time. NHTSA has regulatory oversight for the importation of vehicles, including standard motor vehicles and parts, regulated motor vehicle equipment, motor vehicles not intended for public road use, and others.

What’s Changing?
NHTSA data may no longer be filed via paper or the Automated Commercial System, CBP’s legacy software. ACE will be the only acceptable means of filing data and certain additional information will be required. Import filings subject to NHTSA in the ACE environment must contain additional data, documentation, and category codes, dependent upon the type of product being imported. To review these changes in detail, please refer to the NHTSA documents published by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA).

What Do You Need to Do?
Review the documentation provided by NCBFAA. To help facilitate your shipments’ entries on March 31st and beyond, Deringer requests this important, mandated information from your company in advance and as quickly as possible. Pertinent data gathered at this time will be stored and used accordingly in the future for applicable shipments whenever possible.

Compliance Based Approach
CBP and NHTSA are defining the requirements and processes under ACE. Deringer will communicate and work with its customers to ensure import compliance under ACE. Please direct questions to Deringer

****Deringer has compiled a NHTSA template (Motor Vehicles/Parts) to help importers and exporters of DOT regulated merchandise to understand the changes in data required by the DOT.