You might have heard that the U.S. government is changing the way they manage imports and exports, and it’s true. The International Trade Data System (ITDS) will bring together around 20 government agencies, covering nearly 40 different departments, divisions, and programs.
These changes are progressing right now, bringing process flow changes that will impact your business.
What's the deal?
Customs provides a timeline of the end of 2016 to indicate when the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become Single Window. This is a generalized target; there are important project milestones along the way that you need to keep in mind.
Due to the complexity of this implementation, the timelines are a moving target that will begin to take effect on February 28, 2016, when they begin offering priority processing to ACE transactions. On March 31, 2016 ACE will become mandatory for many entry types and those entries that are subject to NHTSA, and APHIS/PPQ. Then, on May 28, the scope will be expanded to include FTZ entries.
The balance of the Participating Government Agencies and functionality is loosely schedule for Summer 2016. FDA is expected to announce their transition timelines in the coming months.