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Access Cost Everywhere (ACE)

What is ACE?

Many manufacturers assume they can produce more cheaply overseas because of low labor costs. But offshore production adds complexity, and many manufacturers have not assessed the full cost of manufacturing overseas (also known as total cost of ownership, or TCO). Reshoring is a growing trend among manufacturers who have found that TCO, particularly for goods shipped back to the U.S., is far greater than they had originally calculated. Learn More


ACE helps firms consider all the variables associated with producing and sourcing offshore, enabling informed decision making. It provides a comprehensive overview of costs and risks associated with offshore production, as well as links to important public and private resources so that companies can start their own evaluation. ACE also shares real stories from firms that have reshored after assessing TCO.


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10 cost and risk factor identified by ACE:


To learn more about the ACE Tool, visit  The ACE tool was developed in partnership with the Department of  Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration MEP.