This week, deadlines were announced for transitioning to electronic filing for goods coming into or out of the US. CSPA has advocated electronic filing to prevent future cargo release delays for pesticide ingredients and products to reduce inconsistencies regarding format and content of the Notice of Arrival form, which must be submitted at the US port of entry, and to enable the continued flow of pesticides through US ports during government interruptions, such as the government shutdown that occurred in 2013. US Customs & Border Protection’s automated systems electronically facilitate importing and exporting goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations.
US EPA and Customs & Border Protection currently are testing electronic submission of the Notice of Arrival form through the ACE system in a pesticide pilot. The pilot is limited to nine companies. If your company is not participating in this pilot program, you should continue to file the Notice of Arrival form as you do currently. Information will be forthcoming regarding the timing for switching to electronic submission of the Notice of Arrival form.
CBP has established the following mandatory use dates for transitioning to ACE:
May 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic manifest filing
Nov 1, 2015: Mandatory use of ACE for all electronic cargo release and related entry summary filing
Oct 1, 2016: Mandatory use of ACE for all remaining electronic portions of the CBP cargo process
For more information, contact Robert Thommen, deputy director for the Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Center of Excellence and Expertise at firstname.lastname@example.org.