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U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Department of Commerce Enhance ACE

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Trade and the Department of Commerce (Commerce) Office of Enforcement and Compliance announced a newly redesigned Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) case management module within the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The new module deployed on October 5.

This yearlong joint effort will streamline the AD/CVD case messages and case reference data functions, resulting in more user-friendly navigation for the trade community. This deployment of the enhanced AD/CVD module provides a more secure and transparent system and will contribute to the efforts by Commerce and CBP to level the playing field for domestic industries injured by unfair trade practices.

Certain key features in the AD/CVD single window redesign include improved user-centric design with fewer clicks for ease of use, enhanced organization of key data points for transparency, automation of manual processes to increase collaboration between stakeholders, exportable data, advance search capability and quick search filters. A premier feature of this enhancement is the utilization of CBP Amazon Web Service Cloud Environment (CACE), which includes a variety of security benefits.

Commerce funded this effort, and fully collaborated with CBP’s Office of Trade and Office of Field Operations to gather specification input and design support in the overhaul of this module. CBP and Commerce have a long history of collaboration in the successful enforcement of AD/CVD orders and this development in ACE will further enhance joint efforts.

“Our partnership with Commerce is critically important given our shared responsibility to administer and enforce the AD/CVD laws of the United States, ultimately protecting the U.S. economy.  We are fortifying American businesses by promoting fair trade, and penalizing those importers who try to evade U.S. Trade Law,” said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, CBP Office of Trade.  “This new module will make it easier for Commerce and CBP to monitor and uphold our trade laws.”

“Enforcing our Nation’s antidumping and countervailing duty laws continues to be a top priority of the Trump Administration, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside our CBP colleagues to create this new module,” said Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance within Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  “This latest development will not only serve the trade community but will also provide Commerce and CBP an effective tool with which to enforce U.S. trade remedy laws.”

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