ACE cargo release pilot program expanded to 14 airports 

February 24:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the expansion of the ACE cargo release pilot program (formerly known as “simplified entry”) to 14 new airports. CSMS #14-000115 (February 24, 2014).

The expansion is effective immediately, according to the CBP release and the new airports added to the pilot program serve:


  • Charlotte
  • Baltimore
  • Philadelphia
  • Providence
  • St. Louis (two airports)
  • Kansas City
  • Springfield
  • Laredo
  • Nashville
  • Denver
  • Portland
  • Orlando

These 14 new airports join the existing airports (serving the cities listed below) under the ACE cargo release program:


  • Anchorage
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas Fort Worth
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • Newark
  • Oakland
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle / Tacoma

Overview of ACE cargo release program

The ACE Cargo Release Pilot provides importers an opportunity to file a streamlined set of data earlier in the import process. Entry filers can also update the entry information up to the point the conveyance arrives—thus allowing the trade community to make necessary updates to the information being submitted, and providing the best available information to CBP at the time of filing.


In turn, this allows CBP to conduct efficient reviews of shipment information much earlier in the supply chain so that the goods are not held for issues that may be resolved pre- loading.


CBP can send an admissibility message earlier in the process when appropriate, and if additional data is required, filers can resolve issues before the plane departs for the United States, or during transit, resulting in fewer goods being held at arrival.


ACE cargo release also streamlines electronic transmission for the filer, and assists importers in finalizing cargo logistics. The carrier will submit the manifest / air cargo advance screening (ACAS) security filing (as appropriate), and the importer will submit the simplified entry data set.



For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:


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Andrew Siciliano

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Todd R. Smith

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Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094


Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247


Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.




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