U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that it is expanding the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning Cargo Release functionality in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) to include the truck mode of transportation. The pilot initially only allowed for cargo transported by air, but was modified to include ocean and rail modes of transportation in February, 2014.
The notice indicates that, “CBP’s modernization efforts are accomplished through phased releases of ACE component functionality designed to replace a specific legacy ACS function. Each release will begin with a test and, if the test is successful, will end with implementation of the functionality.”
Hoping to attract more participants, CBP has now opened the ACE Cargo Release pilot test to all eligible applicants for an indefinite period. Eligible applicants must be self-filing importers or brokers who have the ability to file ACE Entry Summaries certified for cargo release. The test will run until approximately November 1, 2015. Click here for the Federal Register notification containing more details on the pilot expansion and supplementary information about the program.