Customs’ ACE program goes on tour

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A series of educational awareness sessions geared to help carriers better understand the Automated Commercial Environment Truck e-Manifest program will be launched at select sites close to the U.S.-Canada border.

The ACE e-Manifest information workshops, which are scheduled in advance of phased-in ACE mandatory deployment at all border crossings — will take place at the the Pembina State Museum, N.D., on Oct. 4; the Manitoba Trucking Association office in Winnepeg, Oct. 5; Markham, Ontario, Oct. 12; Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 16-17; Champlain, N.Y., Oct. 18; the Ontario Trucking Association office in Mississauga, Oct. 19; and Calgary, Alberta, Oct. 31. For details, click here. More workshops are scheduled in November and December.

ACE is the commercial trade processing system being developed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to enhance border security and expedite legitimate trade. Under ACE, before reaching the border, trucks are required to submit an e-Manifest through the Web-based ACE Secure Data Portal or through a CBP-approved Electronic Data Interchange. An e-Release, the electronic process by which CBP authorizes the release of goods from the carrier or warehouse to an importer, will be required for shipments heading into the United States.

ACE already has been rolled out in every state on the southern border of the United States, and installations are under way in the Northeast. There are nearly 50 ACE ports in the states of Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas and Washington. Eventually ACE will be the lead system at all ports when, in the coming years, capabilities are rolled out for air, rail and sea cargo processing.