The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to begin soon a pilot test of the electronic filing to the Automated Commercial Environment via the partner government agency message set of trade data required by APHIS Animal Care, Biotechnology and Regulatory Services, Plant Protection and Quarantine, and Veterinary Services for the importation of all APHIS-regulated plants, animals and their products. APHIS is already participating in the ACE test with respect to Lacey Act import declaration data for plants and plant products.

Test participants will be able to use the Document Imaging System to electronically transmit the following forms and documents.

- APHIS 2006, U. S. Veterinary Biological Product Permit

- APHIS VS 17-29, Declaration of Importation

- APHIS VS 17-32, Application for Inspection and Dipping

- producers and manufacturers statements (sometimes called STATs)

- validation documentation, including all documents required to determine entry suitability such as bills, packing lists, invoices, ingredients lists and proofs of origin, among others

Once APHIS initiates this test, which will cover all modes of transport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will accept electronically for ACE processing data filed by test participants through the Automated Broker Interface. The data elements required will be the same as those currently submitted in the Automated Commercial System or provided using paper APHIS forms; e.g., importer name, port of arrival, country of origin, quantity, commodity name, scientific name and permit numbers.

Entry data submissions will be subject to validation edits and any applicable PGA business rules programmed into ACE. Once all PGAs have concluded their review of the shipment, issued a “may proceed” and unset any remaining holds, CBP will send a single U.S. government release message to the filer indicating that it has conditionally released the goods.

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