ACE implemented at more northern border crossings

| Friday, October 13, 2006

More border-crossing points between the state of New York and two Canadian provinces are now equipped with ACE, a processing system soon to be required for all trucks crossing the border into the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has implemented technology for the Automated Commercial Environment – ACE – at 15 land crossings in the region.

New York points of entry that are now ACE-equipped include Champlain, Cannon Corners, Mooers, Overton Corners, Rouses Point, Trout River, Chateaugay, Fort Covington, Churubusco, Jamieson Line, Massena, Ogdensburg, Alexandria Bay, and the Peace and Lewiston bridges in Buffalo.

ACE is the system that helps truckers, carriers and shippers send electronic manifests ahead of time to the border, so authorities know what’s in a truck before it gets there. It is in place to reduce border wait time for trucks and to enhance border safety, according to customs officials.

The deadline for all trucks to be ACE-equipped with transponders and show proof of electronic manifests has been moved back several times. Officials estimate ACE will be required for all trucks sometime in 2007. Dates will be published in the Federal Register at least 90 days before implementation.

Some shippers and companies are already using ACE voluntarily. It costs nothing to set up an ACE account and sending the manifests is also free.

Not all truckers will file manifests on their own. Third-party brokers are popping up in the industry to set up accounts and file manifests for a fee.

To set up an ACE account and access the data system, send an e-mail to acenow@dhs.gov.

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