© [2019], Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. Originally published in the [02/21/2020] issue of the Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report. Reprinted by permission.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added some functionality to its Automated Commercial Environment deployment schedule, delayed the deployment of some other functions, and confirmed the deployment of still others. CBP notes that the updated schedule set forth below is subject to change.

ACE functionality, including data reports, can help importers and others boost compliance and duty savings efforts. For more information, please contact customs attorney Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011.

Broker Management. CBP deployed Dec. 7 functionality to streamline the employee reporting process for customs brokers, enhance messaging to the field broker management officers, and automate the generation of broker licenses and permits in ACE. CBP has postponed indefinitely the transition of all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers, which had been slated for Aug. 20.

Foreign-Trade Zones. Improvements to better facilitate the e214 online FTZ admission process and eliminate older, inefficient processes have been newly planned for June 2020.

Bonds. CBP has scheduled ACE deployments that will (a) provide CBP users with a single view of all bonds for a given entry/entry summary number (July 2020, unchanged) and (b) automate the analytical formula for importer/broker continuous bonds and allow for the addition of importer-specific risk factors into that formula to more accurately calculate continuous bond amounts (July, previously Sept. 30). CBP has removed from its schedule a deployment to reduce the risk of uncollected revenue associated with antidumping and countervailing duty entries, which had been scheduled for March.

Manifests. CBP has pushed back from March to April the first of three phases to enhance truck manifest functionality. A new user interface is anticipated to be available for filing manifests on Feb. 29 and the current UI will remain available until April, after which only the new UI will be available for filing manifests in the ACE portal.

CBP also plans to release at an as-yet-unspecified date an enhancement that will allow trade members to manage their own vessel manifest confidentiality requests via an online process.

Mass Processing. Enhancements to the mass liquidation functionality and a new mass update capability for post-release activity were deployed Feb. 8, as was a mass processing enhancement that will enable CBP to retroactively process Generalized System of Preferences refunds.

FWS Message Set. CBP newly plans to implement in September functionality enabling trade users to submit data required by the Fish and Wildlife Service for foreign fish, wildlife, and plants directly to CBP via the FWS message set.

Automated Surety Interface. CBP has delayed from June to September the deployment of functionality that will provide additional cargo release and entry summary information in real time to sureties and surety agents via the bond status message when a predefined event occurs.