Background

U.S Customs and Border Protection has announced that all customs brokers and self-filers who submit fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops regulated by the Agricultural Marketing Service at any U.S. port of entry are now eligible to begin submitting the AMS participating government agency message set through ACE/ITDS.

CBP has previously stated that importers and brokers who participate in this pilot will transmit PGA message set data – generally the data found on the AMS Specialty Crops Inspection Division form FV-357 (Notification of Entry, 8e Products and Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Specialty Crops) – to ACE using the Automated Broker Interface. This data is required to determine whether inspection of the shipment is required, to send an email notification to AMS inspection offices about those shipments that will require inspection, and to provide CBP with information to determine whether to conditionally release the merchandise. The transmission of this data will be done in lieu of importers and brokers filing CBP Forms 3461 and 7501 or a shipment invoice to AMS inspection service personnel at the port of entry prior to shipment arrival.

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