Automated Commercial Environment

Automated Commercial Environment :

Automated Commercial Environment = ACE - U.S. Customs

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) modernization replacement of its Automated Com¬mercial System (ACS). ACE provides CBP and other par¬ticipating government agencies the capability to access data throughout the international supply chain to antici¬pate, identify, track and intercept high-risk shipments. ACE also revolutionizes how CBP processes goods imported into the United States by providing an integrated, fully auto¬mated information system to enable the efficient collection, processing and analysis of commercial import and export data. ACE also simplifies dealings between CBP and the trade com¬munity by automating time-consuming and labor-intensive transactions and moving goods through the ports and onto mar¬kets faster and at lower cost. It provides national processing as the CBP moves away from port by port processing. By provid¬ing the right information, tools, and foresight, ACE will also serve as a critical element for trade enforcement and in prevent¬ing cargo from becoming an instrument of terrorism.

ACE benefits include:

(a) Enhanced border security

(b) Increased access to data

(c) Reduced paper handling

(d) Over 60 downloadable reports

(e) Increased flow of trade

(f) Simplified and expedited cargo release

(g) Periodic monthly statements

(h) On-line access to data

ACE is fully compatible with Windows and accessible via the Internet. It supplants the CBP’s 18-year-old Auto¬mated Commercial System (ACS), a COBOL-based im¬port-filing system. ACS suffers frequent “brownouts” (slowdowns) because its 80s-vintage technology is swamped by the demands of today’s global marketplace. Rather than being built on a mainframe computer like ACS is, ACE enjoys a modular structure that makes over¬hauling and modernization much easier.

In addition, ACE allows customs transactions using the Inter¬national Trade Data System (ITDS), a new data-collection setup that will feed into various federal agencies and is de¬signed to eliminate redundant paperwork requirements.

Also, thanks to ITDS, carriers will be able to file elec¬tronic manifests for the first time. That means trucks will cross the border faster — because the information needed fcr their cargoes to clear customs will arrive electronically before they do. For more information, go to the CBP Web site.

Automated Commercial System = ACS - U.S. Customs

The ACS is a joint public-private sector computerized data processing and telecommunications system linking customhouses, members of the import trade community, and other government agencies with the Customs computer.

Trade users file import data electronically, receive needed in¬formation on cargo status, and query Customs files to prepare submissions. Duties, taxes, and fees may be paid by elec¬tronic statement, through a Treasury-approved clearinghouse bank. ACS contains the import data used by Census to pre¬pare U.S. foreign trade statistics. ACS began operating in February 1984 and includes....

(1) the Automated Broker Inter¬face

(2) the Census Interface System

(3) the Automated Manifest Systems

(4) the Bond System

(5) the In-Bond Sys¬tem

(6) the Cargo Selectivity System

(7) the Line Release System

(8) the Collections System

(9) the Security System

(10) the Quota System

(11) the Entry Summary Selectivity System

(12) the Entry Summary System

(13) the Auto¬mated Information Exchange

(14) the Antidumping/Coun- tervailing Duty System

(15) the Firms System

(16) the Liquidation System

(17) the Drawback System

(18) the Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures System

(19) the Protest System

For more information go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website

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