U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday expanded the ACE Cargo Release Pilot program to 14 more airports three weeks after expanding the program beyond the air mode to ocean and rail.
The two-year demonstration program was previously known as Simplified Entry because it reduces the number of data elements required to obtain release of cargo and allows the data to be filed much earlier in the import process. Filers of customs entries can update their information up to the point the conveyance arrives. The process gives CBP the ability to review shipment information much earlier in the supply chain so document issues can be resolved prior to departure or in transit, minimizing the amount of goods held at arrival. Filers receive a conditional notice of release prior to takeoff at the foreign airport, which helps better coordinate pick up and delivery of goods.
Late last year, CBP opened participation to more companies by removing the requirement that filers be members of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, added new release capabilities such as split shipments, and extended the pilot an additional two years.
(A Customs message to industry lists the new U.S. airports where international goods can arrive and receive pre-arrival release
ACE, or Automated Commercial Environment, is a partially completed automated and electronic system for commercial trade processing, which is intended to streamline transactions, enhance security and enforcement functions, and ease communications between CBP and other agencies, as well as shippers.
On Feb. 3, CBP issued a notice
to allow qualified importers and customs brokers who file entries in ACE to also file simplified entries for ocean and rail shipments.