Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is a commercial trade processing system
designed to automate border processing, enhance border security, and foster U.S. economic security through lawful
international trade and travel. ACE is part of a multi-year U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) modernization effort. ACE will: allow
trade participants access to and management of their trade information via reports; expedite legitimate trade by providing CBP with tools to
efficiently process imports/exports and move goods quickly across the border; improve communication, collaboration and compliance efforts
between CBP and the trade community; facilitate efficient collection, processing and analysis of commercial import and export data; and
provide an information-sharing platform for trade data throughout government agencies.
Download additional information: ACS/AES Direct User Guide (PDF format).
ACE and Automated Systems:
CBP automated systems facilitate the electronic importing and exporting of goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become
the Single Window - the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE
as the Single Window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the trade community will be able to more easily
and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.