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CBP Advises Timeline for USMCA Drawback Deployment & Updated Drawback CATAIR

Posted December 18, 2020


U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Thursday that an updated version of the Drawback Entry Summary is in the works targeted for Q1 2021 live deployment, that will reflect the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement requirements for drawback in the Automated Commercial Environment, together with a number of other technical adjustments.
DHS Seal, Digital Background, US-CA-MX Flags (USMCA)
A technical “guidance document” has been posted detailing the various changes made to the Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements for the Drawback/TFTEA Drawback Entry Summary – Create/Resubmission.

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Deployment Timeframe


A DRAFT package of the updates, corrections, and changes is set to be deployed in the ACE Certification environment for testing on January 14, 2021, with subsequent deployment to the live ACE environment planned for March 13, 2021

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Interim Procedures


Drawback filers are advised not to submit any USMCA drawback claims until the official deployment into the live ACE Production environment.

CBP says it will issue an additional cargo service message once the technical changes to ACE have deployed allowing claim acceptance.   

Note: NAFTA drawback claims, if applicable, should continue to be filed under the NAFTA requirements.

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Need More Information?


If you have any questions for CBP related to the deployment of this new functionality or this update concerning “policy” matters, e-mails should be sent to OTDRAWBACK@cbp.dhs.gov (Drawback). For questions about “technical” issues, the address is ESAR@cbp.dhs.gov (Entry Summary and Revenue).

To discuss this or other drawback-related issues, don’t hesitate to contact one of our knowledgeable trade experts.

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