US Customs and Border Protection last week indefinitely delayed the last core trade processing capabilities of its new electronic filing system, the Journal of Commerce reports.
The deployment of last core capabilities – liquidation, reconciliation, drawback, duty deferral, collections and the Automated Surety Interface (ASI)- of Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) was planned for July 8th. It’s the fourth time that this stage of the ACE roll out has been delayed. Customs announce its new plans to reschedule the deployment for a later, unspecified date.
“We have been conducting ongoing, rigorous testing to ensure these capabilities will operate successfully. Our latest efforts have revealed areas specific to collections that are in need of further testing before these capabilities can be deployed,” Customs said in a statement.
Yet, even the functionalities of ACE that are online now are still facing issues. Just over the past month, users have reported slowdowns lasting anywhere from 20 minutes to nearly five hours when using ACE’s entry summary, entry summary interfaces, and cargo release query functions, according to the ACE application dashboard and comments from individual customs brokers.
The ACE system was designed with the intent of streamlining cross-border trade, replacing the antiquated Automated Commercial System (ACS) and allowing shippers to easily transmit documents with government agencies, saving time and money.