As of Aug. 31 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will cease a pilot test of the transfer of data between the Automated Commercial Environment’s participating government agency message set and ATF’s web-based data analytics system even though the mandatory date for filing entries of ATF-regulated goods in ACE has yet to be determined. ATF advises that no changes have been made to the requirement for importers to submit their copy of form 6A (with sections I and III completed) to ATF within 15 days of release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody.

Under this test participating U.S. importers used the PGA message set to send required data through ACE for CBP release and receipt. CBP validated this information and electronically transmitted entry and release information to ATF for purposes of satisfying certification requirements. According to ATF, the pilot confirmed the efficiency and effectiveness of digitizing traditional, manual paperwork.

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