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Drawback filers could face difficulties submitting their claims on and after July 8, when drawback functionality is deployed to the Automated Commercial Environment. However, STTAS has mitigated the risk of encountering such difficulties by successfully transmitting drawback claims in the ACE test environment and thus anticipates a smooth transition for its clients.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established July 8 as the new effective date of the mandatory transition to ACE for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings, as well as reconciliation filings. Accordingly, as of that date the Automated Commercial System will no longer be a CBP-authorized system for processing these filings. While CBP had originally intended to carry out this transition on Oct. 1, 2016, implementation was first delayed until Jan. 14, 2017, and then postponed.

Some drawback claim filers could have difficulty handling this transition if they haven’t been actively testing, said Dawn Olesky, vice president, drawback and conflict minerals operations, for STTAS and a member of the Trade Support Network working group that has been assisting CBP with the implementation of drawback in ACE. STTAS has been actively testing drawback claim filing in ACE for several months as well as working closely with CBP to address problems revealed by that testing. Olesky said this experience will be a significant benefit to STTAS clients seeking an efficient resolution of their drawback claims after the ACE transition.

For more information on drawback filing in ACE, please contact Dawn Olesky via email or by phone at (248) 957-5142. For general inquiries about ACE, please contact Tom Gould via email or by phone at (213) 453-0897.