The International Trade Data System Committee of the Trade Support Network is seeking by April 18 participants in a new working group that will focus on the technical solution and data elements that will be required by the State Department in the new cargo release and control functionality of ACE/ITDS. State’s Office of Marine Conservation manages the Section 609 program under which countries are certified to export wild-caught shrimp to the United States. ACE/ITDS will require electronic submissions of all import data required by State for cargo admissibility processing, and this working group will seek to ensure that the transition to ACE/ITDS continues to support efficient and timely cargo releases as well as compliance with department requirements.

The working group will consist of members of the international trade community, including importers, brokers and software developers, that import shrimp and shrimp product into the U.S. Officials from OMC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that are working on the development and deployment of ACE/ITDS will be part of this working group as well. Weekly teleconferences will focus on the business process and technical data flows required for the OMC message sets to define the programming and operational guidelines to be implemented by CBP, OMC, importers and brokers when filing and processing entries for products subject to State Department jurisdiction at U.S. borders. Those interested in participating should contact Frank Korpusik, Sandra Scott or Stuart Schmidt.

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