U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that as of Oct. 11 it will conclude the pilot test of the electronic transmission of certain import data required by the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to the Automated Commercial Environment using the participating government agency message set. CBP has determined that the test was a success as ACE has proven fully capable of receiving, processing, and sharing the data required for FSIS-regulated meat, poultry, and egg products. Electronic transmission provides the data to FSIS before the products arrive for inspection, which allows FSIS to more effectively track and control shipments and improve compliance.

CBP has made ACE the sole authorized electronic data interchange system for most entry and entry summary filings, including those for meat, poultry, and egg products regulated by FSIS. As a result, filers transmitting electronic import data required by FSIS with their electronic entry or entry summary must use ACE.

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