ACE will be sole CBP-authorized EDI system effective July 23, 2016

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register notice (81 FR 32339-32340) announcing, effective July 23, 2016, that the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entry and entry summary filings (for all filers).

On the effective date the electronic filings listed immediately below must be formatted for submission in ACE, and will no longer be accepted in the Automated Commercial System (ACS). 

 01--Consumption--Free and Dutiable
 03--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
 06--Consumption--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
 07--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Quota/
Visa Combination
 11--Informal--Free and Dutiable
 12--Informal--Quota/Visa (other than textiles)
 23--Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
 31--Warehouse Withdrawal--Consumption
 32--Warehouse Withdrawal--Quota
 34--Warehouse Withdrawal--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
 38--Warehouse Withdrawal--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty & 
Quota/Visa Combination
 51--Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
 61--Immediate Transportation
 62--Transportation and Exportation
 63--Immediate Exportation
 69--Transit (Rail only)
 70--Multi-Transit (Rail only)

Until CBP publishes a future Federal Register notice, with a transition date, the 
following entry types must continue to be filed only in ACS. 

 08--NAFTA Duty Deferral
 09--Reconciliation Summary
 41--Direct Identification Manufacturing Drawback
 42--Direct Identification Unused Merchandise Drawback
 43--Rejected Merchandise Drawback
 44--Substitution Manufacturer Drawback
 45--Substitution Unused Merchandise Drawback
 46--Other Drawback

Filings for the below entry types will not be automated in ACS or ACE.

 24--Trade Fair
 25--Permanent Exhibition
 26--Warehouse--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) (Admission)
 33--Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation)
 64--Barge Movement
 65--Permit to Proceed

CBP Announces In-Transit Manifest Pilot Program (U.S. - Canada)

On April 27, 2016 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published (81 FR 24837-24839) a General Notice announcing their intentions to "conduct a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test relating to truck shipments of commercial goods that transit from a point of origination in Canada through the United States to a point of destination in Canada."  These shipments are domestic Canadian shipments that transit through the U.S. 

Instead of presenting the required paper manifest form (Customs Form 7512–B Canada 81⁄2), test participants will submit an in-transit manifest electronically.  In addition, the value data element requirement will be relaxed and they will not be required to provide the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number. 


U.S. CBP Increases De Minimis Value to $800

On March 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it has raised the value of a shipment of merchandise imported by one person on one day that can generally be allowed to be imported free of duties and taxes from $200 to $800. 

CBP will publish an Interim Final Rule that amends the appropriate regulations. Please note that CBP reserves the right to require a formal entry on any shipment where they believe it is required.  In addition, the duty and tax free treatment can be denied if it is used for the purpose of avoiding compliance with any law or regulation.