NMFTA hopes to accelerate ACE e-Manifest

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The National Motor Freight Traffic Association has announced its new ACE-lerate service, powered by CrimsonLogic, designed to help companies involved in cross-border transportation transition to the new Automated Commercial Environment trade processing system developed by U.S Customs and Border Protection.

A major enhancement of ACE is the “e-Manifest,” an automated cargo manifest that carriers will be required to submit to CBP prior to their arrival at the border. ACE currently is being implemented in clusters and soon will become mandatory for carriers at all border crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico. Currently, ACE is required in the states of Washington, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, California and select North Dakota ports. Other ports of entry are being phased in later this year.

NMFTA says its ACE-lerate service saves carriers time and money by eliminating redundant data entry, minimizing data entry errors and reducing manpower to process documents. This new service is offered in three different versions, according to NMFTA:

ACE Web offers a Web-based interface allowing the user to easily store information as well as create shipment and trip templates, saving valuable time on future transactions;

ACE Fax allows users to fax their manifest information to the service center where their data will be reentered into an e-Manifest and sent to CBP; and

ACE Integration provides the software to integrate with a user’s in-house dispatch program, for sending and receiving ACE data.

“ACE-lerate allows carriers to store data on their company, loads, customers, equipment and personnel so they can navigate the ACE system more efficiently,” says Bill Pugh, NMFTA executive director. “In our role as a major association representing the LTL industry, we are proud to offer the most cost-effective and advanced ACE interface system available anywhere.”