Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that as of Feb. 3 importers filing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms information electronically through the Automated Commercial Environment must use the participating government agency message set. Document Image System images of ATF forms, including forms 6 and 6A, will no longer be accepted. However, original paper ATF forms 6 and 6A may be submitted to ports of entry.

CBP states that when the PGA message set is filed correctly for ATF imports the importer will receive an automatic “may proceed” from ATF and, if there are no further issues, the shipment will be released.

Further information on PGA forms and filing procedures can be found here.

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