The Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service is developing a proposed rule that would automate the submission of certifications of admissibility allowing the entry of fish or fish products that are otherwise subject to trade restrictions. NMFS currently uses paper format COAs that require signatures but wants to move COA processing to the Automated Commercial Environment, noting that doing so may require the submission of additional data elements.

Prior to drafting a proposed rule NMFS is inviting comments from importers, exporters, and customs brokers on the reporting and recordkeeping burden of the COA, the procedures for using certification in the entry filing process, and ways to reduce the reporting burden and expedite release of admissible shipments through ACE. Specific issues NMFS is interested in include the impact on entry filing if the COA process is automated in ACE, supporting documents available to importers that could be submitted through ACE at entry filing to validate COA information, and whether NMFS should develop an electronic version of the COA so foreign exporters can enter required information online and U.S. importers can gain secure access to individual shipment information so they can transfer it to ACE via the entry filing process. Comments are due no later than Aug. 24.

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