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ACE Transition

Since the Obama administration published Executive Order 13659 in February 2014, there has been a gradual transition to a “single window” for the input of export data electronically. This streamlining was meant to put all required data for all federal agencies in one place, and allow for the expediting of shipments and reduction of redundant paperwork for exporters.


The “single window” also has several key aspects that has been emphasized by government officials. The first is in relation to the Automated Export System (AES) being integrated into the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The ACE system allows Customs/Border Protection agents to have access to BIS and DDTC licenses, allowing for the repeal of the lodging requirement of DSP-5s. The access to licenses was designed to lead to less questions to exporters when shipping and less holds placed on shipments by Customs.


Another aspect of the single window streamlining is the integration of AES Direct (and associated accounts) into ACE. These accounts have already been transitioned into ACE, and make up 50% of all AES filings (small-medium size businesses). Automation of transportation manifests is another aspect of this streamlining, and federal agencies have been working with the ocean/freight/airline industries to automate bills of lading, etc. This process is now in the testing stage. 


The final aspect of the single window emphasized by the government is the availability of Export Reports to be run by exporters. Once an exporter creates an ACE exporter role, they will be eligible for unlimited free reports thru this window. Three types of reports are available: filers, USPPI, and Routed Exported Transaction.  These reports are available for five years plus the current year.


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