Brokerage clearance made easier with ACE

Using FedEx Trade Networks as your customs broker allows you to take advantage of the new features of ACE right now.

As an early adopter of new technology and a longtime pioneer in customs initiatives, FedEx Trade Networks is actively filing entries in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). ACE is the commercial trade processing system being developed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to facilitate legitimate trade and strengthen border security. It incorporates automation, providing accurate shipment information and leaving less room for uncertainties. It includes the use of electronic Post Summary Corrections (PSCs), replacing the time-consuming paper Post Entry Amendments (PEAs).

How ACE improves the U.S. customs clearance process

New features make the overall clearance process faster and more accurate. The ability to manage transactions and communicate with CBP in a paperless environment adds convenience and simplifies the process, lowering operating costs and improving cycle times.

By getting on board early, FedEx Trade Networks has developed our expertise and improved system capabilities with the customer in mind. As a FedEx Trade Networks customs brokerage customer you benefit from improved visibility and the expanded functionality of the ACE systems which allows you to make better, real-time decisions regarding your shipments.

  • Electronic Post Summary Corrections
  • Access to new reports only available for ACE-filed entry summaries
  • ACE entry filing available at all U.S. ports
  • All electronic environment
  • Less paper exchanged
  • More accurate information shared faster
  • Consolidate your entries to one location. Including Remote Location Filing (RLF)
  • Access to participate in related CBP initiatives
ShowACE Frequently Asked Questions
What is ACE?

ACE stands for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment, which is the primary system the trade community will employ to report imports and exports to the government to determine admissibility.

When does ACE go into effect?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced plans for a staggered approach to the mandatory filing of electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries in Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as well as the decommissioning of electronic entry/entry summary filing capabilities in the Automated Commercial System (ACS).

CBP has pushed back mandatory ACE filings one to three months, depending upon specific entry and entry summary types. They have also pushed the required filing date for Food and Drug Administration entries until a later date that has not yet been determined.

Beginning February 28, 2016, CBP will start divesting the legacy ACS by:

  1. Offering limited client representative and technology service desk support for ACS entry/entry summary types that are available in ACE
  2. Performing ACS maintenance during peak business hours
  3. Providing processing priority to ACE entries where corresponding ACS entries are still available

Beginning March 31, 2016, entry filers will be required to file in ACE and are no longer permitted to file the following transactions in ACS:

  1. Electronic entry summaries associated with the following entry types, with no PGA data:
    • 01 – Consumption
    • 03 – Consumption - Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
    • 11 – Informal
    • 23 – Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
    • 51 – Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
    • 52 – Government – Dutiable
  2. Electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries associated with the entry types listed above, with data for the following agencies:
    • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for Lacey Act, unless paired with other PGA data.
    • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), unless paired with other PGA data.

Why is CBP going to ACE?

ACE allows manual processes to be streamlined and automated, and includes the elimination of paper. ACE also allows the international trade community to comply with U.S. laws and regulations more easily and efficiently.

Is FedEx Trade Networks prepared for the mandatory use of ACE?

Yes. We are prepared and ready to move forward when CBP has completed its final programming. We will continue to work with CBP in order to stay updated on any new developments.

How long has FedEx Trade Networks been filing via ACE?

We filed our first ACE entry on April 12, 2009. FedEx Trade Networks was among a small group of "day one" ACE filers who helped test the ACE system from its inception.

Will customers notice any impact on their service once ACE becomes mandatory?

FedEx Trade Networks customers will have the same great customer experience. However, if a service provider is not prepared for the ACE rollout, it is possible that their customers could experience substantial delays.

How will Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) impact mandatory ACE filing for FedEx Trade Networks customers?

FedEx Trade Networks will continue to work with CBP and the various PGAs as ACE system requirements are disclosed. FedEx Trade Networks is a major participant on/with the two main committees working with PGAs to implement ACE, the CBP Trade Support Network and the International Trade Date System (ITDS) sub-committee.

What happens if my broker is not prepared for mandatory ACE filing?

Filers who are not prepared to file entries/entry summaries in ACE on March 31, 2016, could face significant delays in cargo processing, impacting release of goods at the border because entries or entry summaries not filed in ACE must be filed as paper transactions.

Who can I contact if my broker is not prepared for mandatory ACE filing?

Contact your local FedEx Trade Networks representative.

Where can I find additional information about EDI layout requirements for impacted PGAs?

To view the PGA information requirement changes and updated EDI layouts (if applicable), please visit My Global Trade Data at ftn.fedex.com.

New My Global Trade Data Customers:
  1. Visit ftn.fedex.com
  2. In the "Welcome" box in the upper left corner, click on the "Register Now."
  3. On the next screen, click on the "I use FedEx Trade Networks for my brokerage or transportation shipments."
  4. Fill out the form.
  5. For the "FedEx Trade Networks Contact" please enter "ACE Information."
  6. You will receive a confirmation email with your login details.
Existing My Global Trade Data Customers:
  1. Please use your existing My Global Trade Data account.
  2. On the My Global Trade Data welcome page, click in the "ACE EDI Requirements" box.
  3. If you need assistance setting up an account in My Global Trade Data, please email gtd@fedex.com.

ShowQuestions to ask your broker about mandatory ACE filing
Are they an experienced ACE filer?

The more experienced ACE filers have fine-tuned their systems and are well-prepared for the February deadline.

How long have they been filing ACE entries?

FedEx Trade Networks has been filing ACE entries since the inception of the ACE system on April 12, 2009.

Do they have experience across all modes of transport?

The more experience your broker has, the better prepared they are. FedEx Trade Networks is the largest volume ACE entry filer.

Do they have experience working directly with CBP to develop the new ACE system?

FedEx Trade Networks has been one of the leading brokers working directly with CBP to help develop the ACE system from the first day of its implementation.

Do they have an experienced IT staff working with CBP to make the transition run smoothly?

FedEx Trade Networks has been working with CBP since the inception of the ACE filing system. We were among a small group of brokers designated by CBP to provide feedback, test and assist in developing the ACE system.