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Ace the System

Tighter security doesn't mean tougher trade.

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This story appears in the July 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Increased border security and streamlined trade can work well together. Automated Commercial Environment, or ACE--the information system of the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection designed to facilitate trade while strengthening border security--is revolutionizing the way entries are cleared, tracked and paid for.

ACE connects customs, the trade community and participating government agencies via an online access point for communications related to cargo shipments. The modernization effort has 86 ACE ports and 12 states participating so far.

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