CBP - ACE cargo release test now opened to more participants 

April 30:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released for publication in the Federal Register a general notice of plans to modify the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning cargo release functionality in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

Under the modified NCAP test, importers and customs brokers are able to certify via the ACE entry summary, such cargo transported by air, ocean or rail during the ACE cargo release test.

Originally, the test was known as the Simplified Entry Test because the test simplified the entry process by reducing the number of data elements required to obtain release for cargo transported by air. The original test notice required participants to be a member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

Through phased releases of ACE component functionality, this test has been expanded to allow all eligible participants to join the test for an indefinite period—regardless of the C-TPAT status of an importer self-filer or a customs broker. The modified test was expanded to apply to ocean, rail, and truck modes of transportation.

Today’s CBP general notice [PDF 100 KB] invites more participants to join the test.

The ACE cargo release test modifications set forth will run until approximately November 1, 2015.

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

Douglas Zuvich

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Andrew Siciliano

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John L. McLoughlin

(267) 256-2614

Todd R. Smith

(949) 885-5617

Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094

Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247

Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.

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