Privacy Act Statement
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §552a(e)(3), this Privacy Act Statement serves to inform you of the following
concerning the collection of information on the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal
Account Owner Designation/Authorization Form.
AUTHORITY: Collection of the information solicited on this form is authorized by the
- 19 U.S.C. §§66, 1431, 1448, 1481, 1484, 1505, 1514, 1624, and 2071; Title 19, Code of Federal
Regulations, including 19 C.F.R. §§24.5, 149.3, 101.9, and 103.31(e); Executive Orders 9397 and
- In addition to Executive Order 9397, CBP has the authority to collect Social Security Numbers
(SSN) pursuant to 31 U.S.C. §7701(c), 26 U.S.C. §6109(d), 19 C.F.R. §§24.5 and 149.3. SSN is used because
some individuals who do not have an employer identification number (EIN) or a tax identification number
(TIN) choose to instead submit their SSN.
PURPOSE: The primary purpose for soliciting this information is to enable importers,
exporters, brokers, or carriers to access their customs data via a web-based Automated Commercial Environment
(ACE) Secure Data Portal (ACE Portal). (See Terms and Conditions document, 72 FR 27632, published May 16,
2007.) The ACE Portal provides a centralized online access point to connect CBP, trade representatives,
and Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) involved in importing goods into the United States. The ACE
Portal helps improve compliance with trade laws by enabling account holders to identify and evaluate
compliance issues, monitor daily operations, set up payment options, review filings, access a reports tool,
compile data, perform national trend analysis, and be provided with insight into entries under review by
ROUTINE USES: If you choose to provide the information solicited on this form, CBP
will use the information to provide you with an ACE Portal user account. The personally identifiable
information (PII) that you provide will not be shared with other government agencies unless they are
a Participating Government Agency (PGA), pursuant to an International Trade Data System (ITDS) Memorandum
of Understanding, consistent with the receiving agency’s legal authority to collect information pertaining
to and/or regulate transactions in international trade. Additionally, CBP may share the information
with law enforcement of other government agencies as necessary to respond to potential or actual threats
of terrorism, or otherwise required by law as a “routine use” pursuant to its published Privacy Act
system of records notice.
DISCLOSURE: Providing this information is not legally required to import commercial
merchandise into the United States. However, by submitting your PII (including your SSN) in applying for
an ACE Portal account, you are giving CBP permission to use the information for a specific, stated
purpose, i.e., to obtain the benefits of creating an ACE Portal user account.