International Trade & Electronic Commerce
June 2015
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Welcome to another edition of the ITEC Newsletter. You are receiving this email because you are either a user of the GMS ITEC System or have shown interest in this product. If you prefer not to receive this email, simply unsubscribe. If you feel that someone else should be receiving this newsletter, please forward this to them by clicking on the link provided at the bottom.

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Program. Deploy. Fix. Repeat.
This is the strategy that CBP is using from now until the November 1st deadline and beyond. They are programming the changes needed to get ACE fully functional by the deadline. The deployment schedule dictates when they release the changes. Once bugs are found they fix them. Then the process starts all over again.   In order to keep up with CBP, the same strategy applies to us. The next ITEC update will be released in the next few weeks and we will likely have supplements after release. After that update, there may be updates as frequently as once a month until the ACE deadline.  It is important that you keep up with the updates and install them in a timely fashion.

The last update release is March 2015. If you are missing an update please contact us and we will be happy to assist you in getting up to date.  Remember, all past updates must be installed in order before the newest update can be installed.
The next ITEC update will include additional ACE features;
  • ACE Cargo Release from ACE Entry Summary
  • Initial release of NHTSA PGA interface
  • Initial release of USDA AMS PGA for both Marketing Orders and Egg Inspections
  • Redesign of FSIS PGA interface
  • Additional PGAs will be forthcoming in future updates...
Navigating the ACE Cargo Release Maze...

With the next ITEC release there will be two different and distinct paths for cargo release from ACE Entry Summary. When queuing the ACE Entry Summary (AE), you will see an option for ACE Cargo Release (ACE C/R). If Certify for C/R is set to "Yes" and ACE C/R is set to "No", traditional ACS Cargo Release will take place and the same rules that you are used to will apply.  If Certify for C/R is set to "Yes" and ACE C/R is set to "Yes", then the data will be sent to ACE Cargo Release. 

When you certify for (ACS) Cargo Release from ACE Entry Summary, you can do RLF entries, entries with OGA data, disclaimers, even data that contains FSIS using the ACE PGA message set. The only things that you really can't do are entry types other than 01, 03, 11 and summaries that contain Lacey Act data.

When you certify for ACE Cargo Release from ACE Entry Summary certified for ACE Cargo Release, you are very limited in what you can do. Only entry type 01, 03, 11 without OGA or PGA (even disclaimers). No RLF (supposedly this will be allowed with the June 27 deployment - watch for a CSMS about this), no Lacey Act, etc. The only real benefit of ACE Cargo Release is the ability to have CBP automatically hold or release split shipments without having to contact the port.

When you submit the ACE Entry Summary certified for ACE Cargo Release, CBP validates the ACE Entry Summary and once the ACE Entry Summary is accepted, it splits out the cargo release data into a separate ACE Cargo Release (SE) transaction. Once the ACE Cargo Release transaction is accepted, you cannot update it using the ACE Entry Summary (AE) transaction anymore. From this point forward, any changes will require you to use the appropriate ABI transaction(s); AE, SE or both.  The only way to use the ACE Entry Summary (AE) certified for ACE Cargo Release after the ACE Entry Summary is accepted is if the ACE Cargo Release portion was rejected. In this case, the ACE Entry Summary would be replaced and the ACE Cargo Release would be sent again. You can do this until you receive an ACE Cargo Release accepted message. Folks, this is the way CBP designed it, so please don't shoot the messenger!  

Gone is the Bill of Lading Update transaction. Instead, you need to use the ACE Cargo Release (SE) with the "U" (update) action. This can be done until 15 days after release.

These are just some of the rules and more are yet to come once PGA data is submitted. For the complete list or rules, check out the 148 page document that CBP created Enjoy!

Spotlight on Accounting
Did you ever wonder how long it takes your customers to pay you? Or their payment pattern? On all of the Cash Receipts reports there is a column labeled "DTP"which stands for Days to Pay. This number indicates the number of days from the invoice print date to the date of the the cash receipt. In addition, if you display the A/R Open Items or History, the last payment date and amount are shown as well as the average number of days it took them to pay your invoices in the last 6 months and last 3 years. Try it. You may find this useful when extending terms and credit!

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