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Over the past several days, many of our customers may have experienced difficulties processing eBonds when using the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system. Our service representatives strive to keep you up-to-date on these issues so we then can convey this information to you. However, the fastest way to receive this information is directly from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) via their Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS).


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As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the tools and resources you need to successfully manage a compliant Customs Bond Program, we offer the following answers to your most frequently asked questions.

The following information reveals some of the most common reasons why eBonds are rejected by CBP and solutions on how these issues can be resolved.

PRINC ID NUM NOT IN ACE or PRINC ID NUM NOT ACTIVE IN ACE
(The principal does not have a valid CBP5106 on file in ACE)
Customs brokers may file an electronic CBP5106 via ACE for domestic principals; CBP requires a paper CBP form 5106 be filed for all foreign principals.

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July 23, 2016
July 23 is next in CBP’s series of deadlines for filing cargo release and entry summary information in ACE. On that date, CBP will require entry types 02, 07, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 34 and 38 filings to be made in ACE. While some PGA data sets are not ready for ACE, the CBP portion is still required to be filed in ACE.


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CBP published CSMS #16-000093 where they announce a change to the February 28, 2016 mandatory use date for ACE. Additional details can be found on CBP’s website. Beginning February 28, 2016, CBP will stagger the deactivation of their legacy system, ACS, and the enforcement of ACE, the new “single window” for reporting imports and exports to the U.S. government.

Although the new deadline for certain ACE entry/entry summary/PGA combinations is now March 31 (with certain other combinations to become mandatory as early as May 28), Roanoke Trade continues to encourage all customs brokers to migrate to ACE as soon as possible.


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On January 15, 2016, CBP’s Los Angeles Office of Field Operations published Public Bulletin #LA15-020 reminding the trade that, effective February 28, 2016, ACS will no longer be available for electronic filing of entries/entry summaries. Filers will be required to use ACE only for electronic filings. Non-ACE filings must be via paper submission, which (CBP warns) will result in delays in entry processing/release of cargo. 


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Announcement of ACE NCAP Test for RLF Entries
On July 13, 2015, a Federal Register Notice (FRN) was published announcing CBP’s plan to proceed with a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning ACE entries filed using remote location filing (RLF) procedures. The initial phase of this test began on August 12, 2015.

ACE RLF Procedures
The FRN updates the RLF procedures when using ACE Entry Summary Certified for ACE Cargo Release method of entry filing.


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On April 22, 2015, CBP released CSMS #15-000234, reminding the trade that all filers must be fully prepared to use ACE by November 1, 2015.

Roanoke Trade encourages all filers to speak with their Automated Broker Interface (ABI) software providers without delay to ensure their systems will be ready…before it’s too late. Don’t leave your company at a competitive disadvantage for not preparing sooner.


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As the trade adjusts to the new features of CBP’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), Roanoke Trade continues to work closely with CBP and the trade to offer guidance on processing bonds in an electronic environment (eBond).

As of January 3, 2015, all continuous bonds and Importer Security Filing (ISF) single transaction bonds must be filed as eBonds via the surety or surety agent.


by Roanoke Trade

As of 2/5/2015, CeBondBP reported 1,188 activity code 1 electronic Single Transaction Bonds (“eSTBs”) accepted in ACE. Of those bonds, there have been seven bond/entry matches in the system and 360 bonds have been voided. That leaves 821 eSTBs that possibly should have been paper.

There are only two entry methods for which eSTBs are allowed, 1) ACE Cargo Release followed by ACE Entry Summary or 2) ACE Entry Summary Certified for ACE Cargo Release.


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eBond deployed successfully on January 4, 2015. While the system is working efficiently, there are a few loose ends and issues that have arisen. For the next several weeks, the eBond Working Group[1] meets to discuss the issues and address solutions. We will keep you updated on any new developments.

How do I know which STB filing method to choose?