On September 24, 2015, Integration Point held a webcast on the steps companies should take to truly prepare for the next big moves in ACE. You can view the webcast on-demand here.

During the webcast, some questions were unanswered due to time constraints. Previous posts from this Q&A series include:

This final post of the series will address other general questions.


Q. Will Integration Point offer an automated solution to NHTSA? Especially for customers who have high volumes?  For example: VIN#, Model#  for vehicles, and Fabricating Manufactures for the 13 equipment items  that are on entries with over 4000 lines.

A. Integration Point will be offering a range of solutions to assist our customers in complying with the new ACE requirements.  Some of those will indeed be more automated options such as spreadsheet uploads and/or interface files.  For more specific information, please reach out to your Integration Point account representative to discuss which option will best fit your company’s needs.


Q. Are you going to speak about Exports as well? So far this is the Import side.­

A. At this time, neither Customs nor the other PGAs have published any required data elements in ACE to be submitted at the time of export.  They have stated that export data elements are being reviewed and will be announced in the future.


Q. If we do not file our own imports, do we need the certified software you spoke of? ­

A. No, you do not need the software to be certified, but your filer does.  Assuming you use a Customs broker, they will be utilizing filing software.  That software company needs to be certified by CBP and the PGAs to file each entry type in ACE.  We recommend asking your broker if their software company is certified yet.


Q. If we only export, do we still need an ACE account? ­

A. Assuming you are speaking of the ACE portal for reporting, no, you do not need an ACE account. But we highly recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity to report on your export data.  Exporter accounts/reports have been available since June 2015 and are made available at no cost to the USPPI.  Note: if your question is in reference to the actual Electronic Export Filing process, we recommend that you refer to Census’s website for more information on the transition from AESDirect to ACEDirect, occurring later this fall.


Q. How will this affect Truck Carriers? ­

A. Truck Carriers transitioned their manifest filing into ACE already.  The February 28, 2016 date should have minimal impact on Truck Carriers as it pertains to the movement of freight. 



On September 24, 2015, Integration Point held a webcast on the steps companies should take to truly prepare for the next big moves in ACE. You can view the webcast on-demand here.

During the webcast, some questions were unanswered due to time constraints. Previous posts from this Q&A series include:

This post will focus on Partnering Government Agencies (PGAs). The final post of the series will address other general questions.


Q. So if our company does not do business with any PGAs, and if our broker and freight forwarders are already up and running in ACE, then there is nothing required for us to do, even if we export and import controlled products and Hazmat products at times?­

A. It’s a little difficult to answer this question without understanding what type of commodities you are importing.  However, if they are Hazmat at times, it’s very likely that they are regulated by one or more PGAs.  Our recommendation would be that you compare your HTS numbers to the correlation table provided on CBP.gov that shows which PGAs will be flagging which HTS numbers for additional data elements.  Also note that as more PGAs publish their lists, CBP will update this list, so you should check back periodically.  Finally, even if your “broker and freight forwarders are already up and running in ACE,” we recommend for you to confirm that your entries are being filed in ACE.  Some filers are filing into both ACS and ACE right now, so you need to confirm if your entries are being filed in ACE today to ensure that nothing will change for you.


Q. Will PGA data be required to go through ACE if you are filing a 06 entry? In other words, if I am filing a weekly entry, will the PGA ACE requirements be in effect?

A. Yes, in most cases, the PGA data required on other entry types will also be required on the weekly estimate (3461 for Cargo Release).  At this time, no PGA has published required data elements on 06 Entry Summaries or 214 Admission documents, but those requirements may be published in the future.


Q. Is it your sense that all those PGAs will go live in July 2016 at the same time? ­

A. It is very difficult to predict if the timeline published today will hold.  However, CBP and the PGAs are working very hard to comply with President Obama’s Executive Order from February 2014, which set December 2016 as the mandatory date for completion of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), or “single window.”  Therefore, we highly recommend that importers work as though these timelines will not change further.


Q. Is the requirement of manufacturer ID for all line items or only for textiles, FDA and other PGAs?

A. The requirement for Manufacturer Name and Address (note: not MID code) on the line item is for all commodities.  See our answer to question #3 under Data Elements for further information.


Q. If FDA requires documents, will they be loaded to DIS or ITACS once FDA is on ACE? ­

A. FDA is currently not on the list of agencies that will be accepting forms via DIS.  They will, however, be requiring the PGA message set to be sent electronically on February 28.  To see a complete list of agencies that are requesting the PGA message set, what forms they are expecting, and if they will be leveraging DIS, please use this CBP.gov PDF.


Q. FCC was not mentioned.  Will filing in ACE be required for FCC? ­

A. FCC has not yet announced what data elements (if any) they will require at the time of entry.  As of today, only 15 of the PGAs have announced their requirements and their plans for ITDS.  The remaining 32 PGA agencies have still not published their requirements but will be required to in 2016.


Q. When we have additional forms as electronic information such as affidavit repair, FCC form, how would we send them? ­

A. All forms that have not been converted to data elements will be submitted via the Document Imaging System (DIS). Further information on using DIS is available on CBP.gov.


Q. Are you saying that the data elements now required for an entry will increase to include elements that are specific to a PGA?  Will the absence of a data element relating to a PGA prevent the transmission of the Customs entry? ­

A. Yes, data elements required for an entry will be increased in ACE to include PGA-specific ones.  The “review/validation” process will be two-fold.  First CBP will have some basic validations in place in ACE when they receive the entry to check for data elements that are mandatory for a given HTS number, for example.  Secondly, once an entry passes that check, the data will be submitted from ACE to the system of the PGA in a certain number of days (or hours for some modes of transport) before arrival at destination.  The agency will then further audit the entry data for completeness/accuracy and may reject an entry based on their findings.


Q. One of our brokers indicated that beginning in February, the FDA will require DUNS or the EIN.  Any further information on this? ­

A. Two of the required data elements tied to each entity (party) are the Entity Identifier and the Identifier Type Code.  DUNS is an example of an Identifier Type Code, which tells FDA that the number you have submitted in the Entity Identifier field is a DUNS number.  FDA has published a list of acceptable Identifier Type Codes for the entities they require.  They have also indicated in numerous Federal Register Notices and other publications that DUNS is their preferred Identifier Type.




On September 24, 2015, Integration Point held a webcast on the steps companies should take to truly prepare for the next big moves in ACE. You can view the webcast on-demand here.

During the webcast, some questions were unanswered due to time constraints. Previous posts from this Q&A series include:

This post will address both Post Summary Corrections and entry types. Future posts will focus on Partnering Government Agencies and other general questions.


Post Summary Corrections

Q. How will Post Summary Corrections impact reconciliation?

A. Post Summary Corrections will allow filers to correct entries as many times as they need until 270 days after the entry is accepted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Reconciliation filing will be made available in ACE later in 2016, and is a great tool for filers that need more than 270 days to make updates to an entry.  It is important to note that Post Summary Corrections cannot be used to flag an entry for reconciliation. 


Q. When running ACE reports, will the entry summary data reflect changes made by a Post Summary Correction? ­

A. CBP considers a Post Summary Correction to be an importer’s assentation that the current version of the entry is correct.  CBP will keep all entry summary versions that are filed, and ACE reports should reflect these changes.


Q. Isn't it 280 days from entry to file a PSC? ­

A. Post Summary Corrections can be filed up to 270 days after an entry summary has been accepted. 


Q. For Post Summary Corrections, if I am an Importer that is NOT a self-filer, are we able to file our own Post Summary Correction in ACE and not need to go back through the broker? ­

A. Yes, one of the advantages of the Post Summary Correction process in ACE is that they do not have to be processed by the entry filer.  The Importer or another nominated party, such as a Customs attorney/consultant, can submit the Post Summary Correction.



Entry Types

Q. Do you know when CBP will be ready for 02 entries in ACE?

A. 02 (Quota/Visa) entries are currently scheduled in the February 28th deployment.  CBP is periodically updating their deployment schedule. In order to see the most up-to-date deployment schedule, navigate to the second page of this cbp.gov PDF.


Q. In past training, it was mentioned that the form 3461 will be eliminated. Will this happen on a specific entry type? ­

A. With the transition to ACE, Customs is moving away from the concept of a “CF” or Customs Form number for a given filing type.  This is across all entry types.  For example, what is called a CF3461 today will be referred to as an Entry for Cargo Release, and the CF7501 will be referred to as an Entry Summary.


Q. What about warehouse withdrawals where the warehouse entry was filed in ACS? ­

A. CBP has indicated that any entry started in ACS will need the Entry Summary completed prior to February 28th in ACS.  It is recommended that specific scenarios like this be brought to the attention of your ABI rep to make sure there are no other options or work-arounds available.  


Q. Can you repeat the deployment date for FTZ entries? ­

A. Even since the date of our webcast, Customs has released new information regarding the timeline of the 06 (FTZ) entry type.  As of October 2, 2015, the timeline for both Cargo Release and Entry Summary for 06 is:

  • October 17, 2015: Pushed to Certification and Production.
  • November 1, 2015: Start of informed compliance period. The trade is encouraged to file in production ACE.
  • February 28, 2016: Mandatory filing date for all 06 entries in ACE.


Q. Would entries filed for Reconciliation be eligible for the pilot program?

A. Reconciliation entries will not be available in ACE until later in 2016.  As for pilot programs with CBP and other Partnering Government Agencies, it is best to discuss directly with your ABI rep the types of entries they are looking to pilot with.