For the second time in six months the United States Customs and Border Protection agency has softened its deadlines for the new Automated Commercial Environment [ACE], giving customs filers some leeway on when they need to begin using the new electronic filing system.

With a February 28 deadline looming for the first wave of mandatory ACE filings, Customs has announced a series of new deadlines.

“While significant progress has been made, continued concerns about stakeholder readiness have necessitated an updated timeline for the mandatory transition to ACE for electronic entry and entry summary filing,” Customs said in a statement.

The agency said it would now be taking a “staggered approach” to mandatory electronic filings in ACE as well as the decommissioning of the existing Automated Commercial System (ACS). For a list of key dates, see the official statement from Customs.

The new timeline will not impact the overall deadline for ACE, according to Customs.

“This updated timeline continues to align with our December 2016 deadline for full implementation of the Single Window via ACE,” the agency said.

The decision to push back the deadlines for certain milestones comes amid growing calls for just such a reprieve.

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