The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is a system being developed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to automate and consolidate border processing. By the end of 2016, ACE will be the “single window” or centralized access point that connects CBP, the trade community, and other government agencies.
The development of ACE began in 2001 as a replacement for CBP’s Automated Commercial System (ACS), an older trade information database. The purposes of ACE are to streamline business processes, facilitate growth in trade, ensure cargo security and determine admissibility, provide the tools to monitor the movement of and materials into and out of the country, and foster participation in global commerce.
CBP has published an updated version of its “ACEopedia” which contains information on current ACE features and their benefits, as well as details on what new features are currently being developed. Click here to download a copy of this document.