U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the following update regarding the status of pilot tests that participating government agencies are conducting with respect to the ongoing transition to the Automated Commercial Environment. CBP notes that all of the below pilots are open to all filers except the one being conducted by the Agricultural Marketing Service.


Pilot Status

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Lacey Act)

concluded and mandatory in ACE as of March 31

Food and Drug Administration

concluded May 2; mandatory in ACE as of June 15; proposed rule published July 1

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Concluded and mandatory in ACE as of March 31

APHIS (core)

to conclude Aug. 15; expected to become mandatory in ACE early this fall

Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

import license decrementing pilot is open and ongoing and import totals are returned on the next export transaction (at this time)

Food Safety and Inspection Service

ongoing; conclusion notice expected but FSIS continues onboarding filers using the FSIS PGA message set in ACE, which is open to all filers

National Marine Fisheries Service

working on conclusion notice and final rule to allow for electronic filing of NMFS data elements; intends to be mandatory in ACE in late August or September

Agricultural Marketing Service

ongoing with limited number of filers and ports, will continue until publication of final rule; AMS anticipates accelerated expansion if pilot continues successfully and no issues are uncovered to delay it

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

ongoing; closing notice expected by Aug. 31

Environmental Protection Agency (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act)

ongoing, opened to all filers on July 6, will continue until publication of final rule

EPA (Toxic Substances Control Act)

ongoing; will continue until publication of final rule (proposed rule is pending publication)

EPA (vehicles and engines)

separate pilots for on-road and off-road; will continue until publication of final rule

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

will continue until publication of final rule (proposed rule published June 21); pilot being expanded and more importers encouraged to participate

Consumer Product Safety Commission

began in July and will continue throughout part of 2017

Drug Enforcement Administration

began Aug. 1

Fish and Wildlife Service

began July 27, proposed rule pending publication

State Dept. Office of Marine Conservation

pending; announced June 15

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