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ITDS Test to Add Imports of Alcohol and Tobacco Products, Motor Vehicles and Equipment

Monday, August 10, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The ongoing test of submitting import data required by federal agencies through the International Trade Data System will soon be further expanded to include alcohol and tobacco products as well as motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment.

Alcohol and Tobacco. The Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has announced plans to join the ITDS test no earlier than Aug. 19. Through its participation the TTB will test the electronic collection and transfer through the Automated Commercial Environment of the data it requires for imports of distilled spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products, processed tobacco, and cigarette papers and tubes.

TTB's import regulations currently require importers to submit to U.S. Customs and Border Protection various forms and documents in paper format. However, importers and brokers accepted for participation in the ITDS pilot will follow the draft ACE filing instructions for TTB-regulated commodities (see below). They will also use the participating government agency message set to send TTB-specific data elements and electronic images through the Automated Broker Interface to ACE for review by TTB. The PGA message set incorporates requirements that will be published in a future rule that will propose amendments to the TTB regulations both to accommodate the use of ITDS and to improve TTB's overall import processes.

To be eligible to apply for this pilot, importers must have the ability to file ACE entry summaries and ACE cargo release and must file entries for TTB-regulated commodities. All pilot participants are required to use a software program that has completed ACE certification testing for the PGA message set.

Motor Vehicles. CBP has announced plans to expand the PGA message set test as soon as Aug. 10 to accept the electronic filing of import data required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for consumption (type 01) and informal (type 11) commercial entries of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment items. The data elements to be filed are those found in the current paper DOT HS-7 Declaration Form and supporting documents.

Participants will be allowed to transmit the NHTSA data elements for entries originating in the air, ocean, rail and truck environments. This information must be electronically transmitted using an ACE entry summary certified for cargo release at any time prior to the arrival of the goods on the conveyance transporting them to the U.S. Import filings will be transmitted to CBP via ABI in response to a request for documentation or a request for release information for certified ACE cargo release. Participants will collaborate with CBP and NHTSA to examine the effectiveness of the single window capability.

To be eligible to apply for this test, applicants must be a self-filing importer or broker with the ability to file ACE entry summaries certified for cargo release and file entries for NHTSA-regulated commodities at the ports that are accepting PGA message set data.

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