The Automaaceted Commercial Environment (ACE) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) system designed to facilitate legitimate trade while enhancing border security. ACE improves collection, sharing, and processing of information submitted to CBP and government agencies.

You can now double check your entries filed by your broker  with CBP & directly (or via a trusted consultant) interact with CBP via ACE!

ACE provides a single, centralized access point for the trade community to connect with CBP and its Partner Government Agencies (PGAs). It is the primary system through which the trade community reports imports and exports and the government determines admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes are streamlined and automated, paper is being eliminated, and the trade community is able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.

Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Features

ACE has modernized and streamlined trade processing across all business capabilities, including Manifest, Cargo Release, Post Release, Export and Partner Government Agencies (PGAs).

The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the primary system for the international trade community to submit import and export data to communicate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other participating government agencies. CBP and the partner government agencies will use ACE to collect, track, and process required trade information.

What Does DTL Recommend?

We recommend you create an ACE account as soon as possible! You (or your consultant) can now request years of your import history (which can confirm the duties paid to CBP, and much more, similar to an ITRAC request, but for FREE), respond to CBP 28’s, CBP 29’s and file Protests, all ONLINE!

 What are Benefits of ACE?


Electronic manifests allow the government to more quickly determine if incoming cargo poses a risk or can proceed into the country.

  • Designate a list of authorized partners who can use carrier custodial bonds.
  • Reduced wait time for processing at Ports of Entry.
  • Receive enhanced visibility of cargo status through new status messages.

Cargo Release

Working with representatives of trade associations, CBP has undertaken steps to simplify the entry process; resulting in a reduced data set, consisting of fewer elements to be filed for electronic submissions.

  • Streamlined submission of data elements.
  • Ability for PGA and CBP personnel to provide enhanced security, safety and compliance through faster processing.
  • No longer file CBP paper form 3461.

Post Release

Filers are also able to submit post summary corrections such as reconciliation, drawback, liquidation, and statements.

  • Protest – All electronic protests must be filed via the ACE Portal.
  • Drawback
  • Duty Deferral
  • Reconciliation
  • Statements and Associated Collections
  • Liquidation ­- Note: status of liquidations is electronically available through the online Official Notices of Extension, Suspension, and Liquidation.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has enhanced ACE Reports to support the transition of Automated Commercial System (ACS) core trade processing capabilities to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  A listing of all types of ACE reports includes our favorite, the entry summary line detail report, and many more to choose from.

ACE Secure Data Portal Registration

The ACE Secure Data Portal is a web-based entry point for ACE. It provides a centralized online access point to connect CBP, trade representatives and government agencies involved in importing goods into the United States.

The portal provides account holders the ability to identify and evaluate compliance issues, monitor daily operations, set up payment options, review and respond to filings, access a reports tool, compile data, and perform national trend analysis.

What’s Not Supported in ACE?

The following entries types are NOT supported in ACE. Entries and associated entry summaries for these entry types must be filed via paper (non-ABI) at a local port of entry:

04 – Appraisement
05 – Vessel – Repair
24 – Trade Fair
25 – Permanent Exhibition
26 – Warehouse – Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Admission
33 – Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation)

Once your ACE account is set up, please contact us to add our firm as a consultant so we assist you with reports, upload responses to CBP on your behalf, and more. Questions? Contact us at or 305-456-3830.