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ACE Partner Government Agency Message Set Test Expanded to EPA Chemical Certification

Thursday, February 11, 2016
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expanding its test of the partner government agency message set through which the trade community may file data for PGA-regulated importations in the Automated Commercial Environment. Specifically, CBP will expand this test to include the Toxic Substances Control Act certification data required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Currently, test participants are submitting PGA message set data for the EPA for (a) type 01 (consumption) and type 11 (informal) commercial entries of vehicles, engines and ozone-depleting substances filed at the ports of Newark, Long Beach and Los Angeles and (b) the notice of arrival for type 01 and type 11 commercial entries of pesticides and devices filed at the ports of Detroit, Port Huron and New York/Newark and originating in the ocean and rail environments.

CBP is now planning to also allow the transmission in ACE of a certification required by the EPA concerning chemical substances imported in bulk or as part of a mixture or articles containing a chemical substance or mixture. This certification must certify that the chemical substances in the shipment (a) are subject to TSCA and comply with all applicable rules and orders or (b) are not subject to TSCA. This change will apply to all modes of transportation and will be in effect at all ports.

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