© [2019], Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. Originally published in the [03/19/2020] 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 has still not set a specific date for transitioning all brokers to a single national permit, which would eliminate multiple district permits and waivers and had been slated for Aug. 20.

Foreign-Trade Zones. Improvements to better facilitate the e214 online FTZ admission process and eliminate older, inefficient processes are still 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 (March 21, moved up from July) 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, unchanged).

Manifests. A new user interface was made available for filing manifests on March 2 but 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.

FWS Message Set. CBP has moved up from September to June the planned implementation of 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 still anticipates deploying in September 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.