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CBP Updates Status of PGA Pilots for ACE Transition

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the following update regarding the status of pilot tests that participating government agencies are conducting with respect to the ongoing transition to the Automated Commercial Environment.

 Agency

Pilot Status

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Lacey Act)

concluded March 31

Food and Drug Administration

concluded May 2

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

concluded March 31

APHIS (core)

anticipated conclusion in July

Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

began in May and will not close until a sufficient number of successful filings have been processed

Federal Communications Commission

data submission will be waived and any submission will be rejected upon the July 23 deployment to ACE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

anticipated conclusion in June

National Marine Fisheries Service

anticipated conclusion July 23

Agricultural Marketing Service

ongoing with two filers at ports of Philadelphia and L.A./Long Beach and will continue until review of regulatory requirements is conducted

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

will continue until review of regulatory requirements is conducted

Environmental Protection Agency (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act)

limited to nine importers (still accepting applicants); will continue until publication of final regulations allowing collection of additional data

EPA (Toxic Substances Control Act)

will continue until publication of final regulations allowing collection of electronic data

EPA (vehicles and engines)

separate pilots for on-road (open to all) and off-road (restricted to nine importers, all of which have been selected); will continue until publication of final regulations allowing collection of additional data

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

will continue until publication of final regulations allowing collection of electronic data

Consumer Product Safety Commission

expected to begin in July and continue throughout part of 2017

Drug Enforcement Administration

expected to begin in July

Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal Register notice published May 5 but pilot not yet started

CBP notes that these pilots are generally not restricted to a certain group of customs brokers and self-filers and therefore encourages all brokers and self-filers that are ready to file in ACE to file entries for the currently available entry types in ACE for the following PGAs: APHIS (Lacey and core), ATF, DDTC, EPA (TSCA, ODS, on-road V&E), FDA, FSIS, NHTSA and TTB.

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