Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has pushed back from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28 the date on which importers of avocados, grapefruit, kiwifruit, onions, potatoes, table grapes, field-grown tomatoes, pistachios, dates, hazelnuts (filberts), olives, raisins, and walnuts regulated under Section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 must begin electronically providing product and load information into the Automated Commercial Environment for entry into the U.S. A phased-in enforcement period for this requirement has been underway since September 2020.

Additionally, CBP states, the organic message set (OR1, for AM7 and AM8 HTS flags) is still being phased in through 2023. If a product bears the USDA organic seal or will be packaged with that seal, filers will need to file an organic message set when mandatory filing is implemented. CBP is planning a one-year phase-in period once the new regulation is published.

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