Washington, D.C. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports completing installations of the Automated Commercial Environment in all land border ports in New York.
ACE is the commercial trade-processing system being developed by CBP to enhance border security and expedite legitimate trade.
ACE currently is operating at all southern land border ports and along most of the northern border. The system provides CBP with the ability to collect electronic manifests for trucks. It also provides the trade community with additional capabilities to comply with Trade Act of 2002 requirements for the electronic transmission of advance manifest information to CBP.
CBP will begin implementation of a mandatory e-manifest policy on a port-by-port basis beginning in 2007. Notices announcing mandatory e-manifest dates for each port will be published in the Federal Register at least 90 days in advance of implementation. The information will also be posted on the CBP Web site at www.cbp.gov/modernization.
Carriers may file their own e-manifests or hire someone to file for them.
Filers can transmit an e-manifest online using the ACE Secure Data Portal at no charge. An electronic data interchange or EDI, a common e-commerce tool, may also be used.
If using EDI, companies may opt to build their own EDI software which must be tested for CBP system compatibility, or may purchase or lease software from EDI software vendors. A list of e-manifest software and application service providers can be found on the CBP Modernization Web site, http://www.cbp.gov/modernization, under Carrier Information on ACE. Click on the link on the right called ACE Electronic Truck Manifest Software Developers.
Carriers, importers and brokers interested in using the ACE Secure Data Portal must establish an ACE account and have access to the Internet. For information on how to establish an ACE account, e-mail CBP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBP is encouraging truck carriers to establish ACE truck carrier accounts now and begin to file electronically before e-manifests becomes mandatory. The electronic manifest capability is currently available at all ACE ports.
ACE is available in the New York ports of Champlain, Cannon Corners, Mooers, Overton Corners, Rouses Point, Trout River, Chateaugay, Fort Covington, Churubusco, Jamieson Line, Massena, Ogdensburg, Alexandria Bay, and Buffalo which includes the Peace Bridge and the Lewiston Bridge.
There are currently 49 ACE ports in the states of Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Washington and New York.
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