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ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) Overview for Importers

(12/19/2006)As an importer, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) provides an outstanding opportunity to participate directly in the modernization efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by establishing an ACE portal account. As an ACE portal account holder, you will have access to numerous reports that will allow you to more closely monitor your compliance and will serve as an effective tool in making real-time business decisions. Duties and fees no longer have to be paid on a transaction-per-transaction basis but can be paid using a monthly statement, thus streamlining the accounting processes. Users simply mark the entries they wish to be paid on the statement, and then submit payments through Automated Clearing House (ACH) processing.

  • Transition to an interest-free monthly statement process from a transaction-by-transaction payment process
  • Pay for eligible shipments released during a month by the 15th working day of the following month, potentially providing a significant cash flow advantage
  • Review CBP entry summary data in near real-time
  • Access more than 80 reports to closely monitor your company’s compliance, transactional, and financial data
  • Create an account based on your company’s organizational structure and restrict user access to select account information
  • Manage issues and resolve problems more effectively
  • Illustrate the dynamics of import data by commodity or company-wide on a single platform

Planned ACE Features for Importers

  • Complete automation of reconciliation, including the ability to file antidumping and countervailing duty reconciliation
  • Electronic correction capability for entry summaries
  • Automated Census overrides
  • Monthly summary of financial activity for ACE portal accounts

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