Partner Agencies Collecting More Trade Data Electronically as CBP Advances ACE Deployment

As U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) moves towards a December 2016 deadline for full implementation of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), other U.S. Government agencies with regulatory authorities over imports are expanding their abilities and mandates to accept required information electronically as part of the overall move to a fully paperless system.

While the development and deployment of ACE has been a multi-year challenge for CBP and trade industry stakeholders, the requirement to integrate additional agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not make the task easier. Many of the technology and policy challenges involved are not uncommon for massive interagency automation programs.

Still, progress continues to be made on the ACE effort. The launch of CBP’s document imaging system (DIS) will reduce the likelihood of lost documents. A fully electronic post-summary corrections process will reduce time and hassle in amending an entry.

ACE provides the platform for the U.S. Government Single Window, which will allow importers to eventually file documents electronically one time and have them reviewed by all necessary agencies. Customs services across the globe have been developing their own Single Window systems. Though few must account for the volume of trade and number of agencies that the U.S. does. Nevertheless, Single Window systems are widely considered imperative tools for modern trade processing and sincere efforts should be made to implement them.

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