U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking by April 3 members of a new DDTC Import Trade/PGA Working Group, which will address the technical solution and data elements that will be required by the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls in the new cargo release and control functionality for the Automated Commercial Environment and the International Trade Data System.

The transition to ACE will result in changes to the way DDTC, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the members of the trade who import defense articles and services do business. For example, ACE will require that DDTC-specific data be submitted electronically via the partner government agency message set. DDTC has worked with CBP to identify the specific data elements that will need to be submitted by import filers, as well as the format and content of those data elements, in order to successfully transact business in ACE. The DDTC Working Group will review the PGA message set guidance as well as the impacts that ACE will have on DDTC’s importation business processes.

The working group will consist of members of the trade whose businesses are regulated by DDTC and trade software developers who support the business processes, as well as representatives from DDTC and the CBP team that is developing ACE. Participants should be prepared to commit to weekly conference calls that will focus on the technical data flows and business processes required by DDTC to define the programming and operational guidelines to be implemented by CBP, DDTS, importers and brokers when filing and processing entries for products subject to DDTC jurisdiction. Regulatory and policy issues are outside the scope of this working group.

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