ACE becomes mandatory in Michigan, New York; Idaho, Montana next

| Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Beginning Thursday, May 24, Michigan and New York will join the border states that require pre-filing of electronic manifests at ports of entry.

The Automated Commercial Environment system – often referred to as ACE – is already in place at 90 percent of U.S. border ports of entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Federal officials say ACE frees-up customs agents to inspect suspicious cargo, and that the system will eventually be used for cargo being moved by air, rail or ship.

Idaho and Montana are the next two states scheduled to implement the mandatory ACE. Beginning Aug. 6, truckers coming into the U.S. through those states will have to submit electronic manifests prior to arriving at border crossings.

The system is supposed to be mandatory at all ports of entry by the end of this year.

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