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Electronic Document Submission Test Expanded by CBP

Friday, January 30, 2015
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that no earlier than Feb. 17 it intends to expand Phase III of its Document Image System test, which allows Automated Commercial Environment participants to submit electronic images of a specific set of CBP and partner government agency forms and supporting information to CBP via a CBP-approved electronic data interchange. Under this modification CBP is allowing ACE-participating importers and customs brokers to file the following DIS test-supported Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service documents in PDF format via email.

- APHIS STAT Supporting Statement

- APHIS Import Permit

- APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine Form 368, Notice of Arrival (of a restricted article at the port of entry)

- APHIS PPQ Form 203, Foreign Site Certificate of Inspection and/or Treatment

- APHIS PPQ Form 586, Application for Permit to Transit Plants and/or Plant Products, Plant Pests and/or Associated Soil through the United States

- APHIS PPQ Form 587, Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products

- APHIS Transit Permit

- Foreign Government Sanitary Certificate (Veterinary Health Certificate) (used by APHIS)

- Ingredients List (used by APHIS)

- Phytosanitary Certificates (used by APHIS)

- Proof of origin (for origin shipments of milk and milk products) (used by APHIS)

Phase I of the DIS test enabled participants to transmit images of specified CBP and PGA forms with supporting information in an XML file format in lieu of conventional paper methods. In Phase II CBP reduced the number of metadata elements required for each document and specified forms that were eligible to be submitted earlier (i.e., at the time of manifest) or transmitted to support ACE cargo release filings. In Phase II CBP also expanded the pool of eligible participants to include software providers, who only electronically transmit data that they had received for transmission to CBP.

CBP states that DIS capabilities will continue to be delivered in multiple phases.

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