IES to Move its Ocean AMS Customers to ACE

AMS move in line with company’s mission to equip clients with tools for trade management

Midland Park, N.J.—April 9, 2012IES Ltd., which provides a suite of import and export solutions, is scheduled to transition its entire Ocean AMS customer base from ACS to Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) on April 18. An ocean AMS service provider, it successfully passed the M1 testing requirements and transmitted data to ACE in September 2011.

According to the company, the move is completely hands-free for its Ocean AMS customers and is in line with its mission to equip clients with comprehensive tools for trade management. Their goal is to provide IT expertise to manage the technical burden of ACE— freeing customers to operate their businesses efficiently and competitively. With IES software in place, customers do not have to worry about every regulatory nuance. They simply roll into compliance.”

Additionally, IES processed US ISF transactions as a service bureau and supported NVOCC Ocean AMS.

CBP recently published a Federal Register Notice (77 FR 19030), announcing “that after a six month transition period, effective September 29, 2012, ACE will be the only CBP-approved EDI for transmitting required advance information for ocean and rail cargo to CBP.” When this transition takes place, AMS information will no longer be transmitted or received via ACS.

The Automated Commercial Environment is the United States' commercial trade processing system designed to automate border processing. ACE will eventually replace the current import processing system currently in place at U.S. Customs. Both systems are running concurrently until full ACE deployment.

ACE is part of a multi-year rollout that is being deployed in phases. The modernization effort will help connect dozens of government agencies such as CBP, the Food and Drug Administration and the Census Bureau. The approach is in-line other supply-chain security initiatives, such as the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, the Lacey Act and the Importer Security Filing.