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New Working Group Aims to Foster NMFS Participation in ACE/ITDS

Friday, December 12, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting importers, seafood brokers and software developers to participate in a new working group that will address the technical solution and data elements that will be required by the National Marine Fisheries Service in the new cargo release and control functionality of the Automated Commercial Environment and International Trade Data System.

CBP states that the engagement in ACE/ITDS will require electronic submissions of all NMFS-required import data for cargo admissibility processing in an XML format. The working group will be tasked with assuring that all technical and data requirements are transitioned to ACE/ITDS in a seamless, efficient and timely manner and, in particular, that the ACE data help the NMFS to execute its import processing and review duties. Through a series of weekly conference calls, the working group will focus on the data flows and business processes required for the NMFS message sets to define the programming and operational guidelines to be implemented by CBP, NMFS, importers and brokers when filing and processing entries for products subject to NMFS jurisdiction. 

The working group will consist of members of the international trade community, including trade software developers, that import NMFS-regulated commodities into the U.S., as well as NMFS and CBP officials working on the development and deployment of ACE/ITDS. To participate in the working group, interested parties should contact Frank Korpusik, Sandra Scott or Debbie Benish no later than Dec. 18.

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