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CBP Releases Schedule for Completing Its Modernized Trade Processing System in ACE

CBP released a schedule for completing core trade processing capabilities in ACE by the end of calendar year 2016. ACE consolidates, automates, and modernizes border processing and when complete, will provide a single access point to connect the trade community with CBP and Partner Government Agencies.


"This announcement marks a significant step forward for us," said CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. "ACE is the backbone of CBP trade processing and risk management activities and the key to many of the agency's trade transformation initiatives."


CBP's plan for completing core trade processing capabilities was developed after extensive consultation with internal and external stakeholders. The plan includes seven deployments of new features over the next three years. This approach is based on the Agile software development methodology, which produces smaller pieces of functionality more frequently.


CBP also announced three dates when certain functions will be mandatory:

  • May 1, 2015 - All electronic import and export manifest data must be transmitted via ACE.
  • November 1, 2015 - All data associated with the release of cargo, including PGA interactions, must be transmitted via ACE.
  • October 1, 2016 - Mandated use of ACE.

During the past 10 years, CBP has deployed key ACE capabilities that helped ease the transition to more web-based, paperless trade processing such as the Secure Data Portal, Periodic Monthly Statement and electronic manifest. The first deployment of new features using the Agile methodology is targeted for October 2013. For additional information, visit

FSMA Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspection, Recall, and Importer Reinspection Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2014

Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the fiscal year (FY) 2014 fee rates for certain domestic and foreign facility reinspections, failures to comply with a recall order, and importer reinspections that are authorized by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), as amended by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These fees are effective on October 1, 2013, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2014.


To read the full notice by FDA, please click here.

January 2014 Registration Now Available
studying Are you interested in becoming a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS)? Then register now for the next course set to begin in January 2014!  Registration will be available on our website through December 20.

The CCS course provides trade professionals involved in the import industry with the most up-to-date information they need to become experts in current import regulations. It is also a valuable way for employers to recognize who is most capable for a job thanks to their commitment to continuing education. The course reviews fundamental points relevant to the import process while delving into practical, germane subject matter not generally tested on the Customs Broker License exam. The course is also updated to reflect the ever-changing import industry. Register today to get one step closer to being considered an expert in imports!
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