ACE operational along southern US border
Jul 1, 2006 12:00 PM
United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has completed installations of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) in California and Arizona, including the ports at Otay Mesa, Calexico, Andrade, and Tecate in California and San Luis AZ. ACE is the commercial trade processing system being developed by CBP to enhance border security and expedite legitimate trade.
The electronic manifest (e-Manifest) capability is available at all ACE ports. Truck carriers are encouraged to establish ACE truck carrier accounts now to ensure efficient border operations when e-Manifests are eventually mandated at all land ports. More than 3,000 e-Manifests have been filed to date.
Truck carriers can submit an e-Manifest through the web-based ACE Secure Data Portal or via CBP-approved Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) procedures.
More than 200 companies are certified to submit e-Manifests through EDI, and numerous companies are using the portal for submission. The portal is essentially a computer screen similar to a web site home page that connects CBP and the trade community by providing a single, integrated, online access point for communications and information. With a one-screen system, data can be stored and reused, requiring less data entry time for truck carriers.
For information about how to establish an ACE account, e-mail CBP at email@example.com.
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