The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced that no sooner than Aug. 19 it will begin participating in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s pilot test of the International Trade Data System for processing import-related forms and data using the partner government agency message set and the Automated Commercial Environment.

ATF encourages the voluntary participation of U.S. importers in this pilot. Importers or their licensed customs brokers who wish to participate must have the capability to file the relevant data through ACE using a software program that has completed ACE certification testing for the PGA message set.

Instead of using the existing process, participating U.S. importers will use the PGA message set to send pertinent information through ACE for CBP release and receipt. These data elements include agency program codes, category type codes, ATF category code, type codes and exemption codes. CBP will validate this information and electronically transmit entry and release information to ATF for purposes of satisfying CBP’s certification requirements.

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