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February 20, 2018
National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) Test Reconciliation Modification

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that beginning February 24, 2018, all reconciliation entries must be filed in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This applies to all entries regardless of whether the underlying entry was filed in Automated Commercial System (ACS) or ACE or as replacement, substitution or follow-up to a reconciliation entry filed in ACS or ACE. ACS will be decommissioned for filing such entries.

CBP also announced that the NCAP test modifications published previously in 81 FR 89486 on December 12, 2016 will become operational on February 24, 2018. Pursuant to thatFederal Register Notice, CBP outlined modifications to eliminate several requirements for participation in the test and imposed new data requirements. In addition to making the use of ACE for filing reconciliation entries mandatory, the Notice announced the following modifications:

  • Eliminating the requirement that reconciliation entries be filed at specific reconciliation processing ports.
  • Removing the requirement that interested parties apply to participate in the test. CBP is opening this test to all non-suspended importers without any need for interested importers to apply and be accepted into the test. The only importers who may not participate are those who have been suspended from participation. 
  • Streamlining the process for blanket flagging underlying entries for reconciliation by permitting the importer to flag the entry for reconciliation.
  • Permit all participants to request that CBP retroactively flag underlying entries 60 days before the scheduled liquidation date of the underlying entry.
  • Automation: All reconciliation entries filed in ACE will be fully automated and all required data and information must be filed electronically on the reconciliation entry.
  • Reduction in Information Requirements for Reconciliation Entries: Reconciliation entries with no changes to the flagged entries must only report the flagged underlying entry numbers and must be filed as an aggregate reconciliation entry.
  • New Data Requirements: Reconciliation entry filers must mark a checkbox indicating if a prior disclosure has been made on any of the flagged underlying entries.
  • Elimination of the Masterfile Extract and Liquidation Extract reports that CBP provided upon request as soon as the information is available in an ACE report. This information was previously available for a fee, but is now available free of charge in ACE reports for parties with an ACE portal.


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