U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced plans to conduct a pilot test under which certain import data and documents for commodities regulated by the Fish and Wildlife Service will be transmitted through either the Document Image System or the Automated Broker Interface using the partner government agency message set for processing in the Automated Commercial Environment. Under this test ACE will replace the FWS’ eDecs Internet-based filing system.

Test participants will transmit the data contained in FWS Form 3-177, Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife, to ACE using the PGA message set. Documents eligible to be transmitted using the DIS include those associated with commodities regulated by FWS (e.g., invoices, packing lists and bills of lading), commodity-specific documents (i.e., health certificates, wildlife inventories, skin tag or tattoo lists, and caviar labeling information), transportation-related documents, and copies of other agency documents that are currently uploaded directly into eDecs. CBP states that these capabilities will satisfy the FWS data and electronic document requirements for any CBP entry filed electronically in ACE except original Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Fauna and foreign-law paper documents, which will continue to be submitted directly to the FWS office at the applicable port.

This test will apply to all FWS-regulated commodities and articles that require a CBP entry for consumption. Participants may not use this test for FWS-regulated commodities that do not require a CBP entry for consumption, such as goods admitted into a foreign-trade zone or other areas of U.S. jurisdiction considered outside the U.S. customs territory for tariff and entry purposes, international mail, or articles in the possession of passengers arriving into the U.S.

This test applies to all modes of cargo transportation but is limited to the ports of entry where FWS-regulated commodities may be imported (click here for a list). FWS port requirements will still apply during this test, including the requirement for prior authorization to use a port other than a designated FWS port.

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