(Monday, September 20, 2004)
Washington, D.C. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner today announced the success of a pilot that will allow CBP to collect duties and fees on a monthly basis. In the first three months, nearly $32 million were collected from importers and brokers using the monthly statement and payment capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), the new CBP technology system for imports. Customs and Border Protection is transforming the way the federal government collects duties for imported goods,” said Commissioner Bonner. “For the first time in 215 years, importers and brokers can make a single monthly duty payment on all imported goods instead of paying duties on them one entry at a time. ACE is successfully modernizing the import business process, while improving efficiency and security for both CBP and the importing community.”
The ACE is enhancing processing and communications with the trade community, and providing quicker, more comprehensive reporting and information gathering capabilities to all users. ACE users can now develop up to 60 different reports, query accounts, integrate ledgers, create on-line account action plans, receive shipment alerts or notifications, view import transactions on a national basis, review a monthly listing of their daily account statements, and make monthly electronic duty payments.