On September 15, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that the date for the transition from the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized by the Commissioner of CBP for processing electronic Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) admission applications is delayed until December 9, 2017. Previously, on August 16, 2017, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 38923) announcing plans to make ACE the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized by the Commissioner of CBP for processing electronic Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) admission applications were to become operational on September 16, 2017.

In addition, the document announced that the test program would be extended until a decision is reached to implement the program on a permanent basis and/or to conclude the test. Finally, the notice clarified that the list of data elements required for the electronic FTZ admission application must include the “Zone ID,” and reminded test participants that they must provide the data elements “Steel Import License Number” and “Kimberley Process Certificate Number” to CBP. CBP has been assessing stakeholder readiness for the mandatory transition of electronic FTZ admission applications from ACS to ACE and has determined that industry partners need additional time to prepare for the transition to electronic capabilities in ACE.