© [2019], Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. Originally published in the [04/15/2019] issue of the Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report. Reprinted by permission. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning to add to the Automated Commercial Environment this year functionality not previously included on its deployment schedule, including consolidated express filings, enhancements to mass liquidations, and collections. However, CBP has pushed back the deployment of some functionality as well.

Consolidated Express Filings. CBP plans to automate manual processes for non-ABI entries in July 2019.

Mass Processing. Enhancements to the mass liquidation functionality, which will only impact CBP users, are planned for July 2019. Mass update functionality will be deployed at a later date.

Collections. Release 1 focusing on the back end processing of automated clearinghouse debit/credit transactions is scheduled to be deployed in August 2019.

Section 321 Shipments. The anticipated date to automate data collection on shipments under section 321 (which allows up to $800 worth of goods to be imported free of duty and tax by one person on one day) remains August 2019. The development of an entry type 86 for ABI submission of section 321 shipments is expected to give CBP greater visibility into low-value shipments, provide partner government agencies with required data on such shipments, and allow filers to transmit transaction data (e.g., manufacturer, importer, and consignee information) via ABI and receive electronic release messages from CBP for such shipments.

Broker Permits. In line with a forthcoming proposed rule that will update the customs broker regulations in 19 CFR 111, CBP is still planning an August 2020 ACE enhancement to transition all brokers to a single national permit and eliminate multiple district permits and waivers. Brokers will be able to conduct entry via remote location filing at any port nationwide and will no longer have to pay the initial district permit fee and the annual user fee per local permit for each office location.

FTZs. CBP has further delayed from September 2019 to September 2020 the e214 redesign, which will enable the submission of partner government agency data simultaneously with the e214 via the PGA message set or the document image system when reporting foreign-trade zone admissions.