New Data Requirements in order to achieve cargo release from Participating Government Agencies (PGA’s) under ACE

As a result of CBP’s transition from the current legacy system known as the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), all Other Government Agencies (previously OGA’s) which are now referred to as Participating Government Agencies (PGA’s) - will also be reprogramming their targeting and enforcement systems to better interface with CBP’s new ACE systems. This being the case, all PGA’s are now requesting much more information than they had required in the past. This will require that the trade begin to collect these new required data elements in order to transmit same to these PGA’s. These new data elements are required in order to secure the ultimate and timely release of your cargo.

As the driver of your supply chain we ask that you please assist us in obtaining the additional required information. Each document listed (below) will allow you to determine what additional information will be required. Please note that each PGA is listed separately and the commodity group which your product will fall under will be mentioned in each document title. Please open up one or more of the commodity groupings that apply to the products you import and provide us with the information that is detailed for each heading on the left side only what is in BLUE. What is detailed in RED represents data elements that we will arrive at from either other data elements already on your documents or data on file within our data bases. We included all data required so you have a sense of the overall impact of these changes imposed upon us all as it relates to the importation process for your products.

It is highly suggested that the data elements which are now required by the PGA’s be placed directly on the face of the commercial invoice when prepared by your suppliers. This will be the easiest place to find the required data. However, if that is not possible as long as the information appears on at least one of the documents presented for customs clearance we will find that as satisfactory. Otherwise if not available on the import documents in full or in part our CSR’s will be required to validate this information with you for each shipment we process.

Please note that not every PGA is currently available but within the next several months running up to the end of 2016 all PGA’s must be online with ACE. So if the particular PGA your import product is regulated by is not listed below, PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK with us as we will continually update this page with all updated information as quickly as we can.

Should you have any question, concerns or simply wish to discuss this new requirement please feel free to email with your inquiry and based on the nature of your inquiry our qualified representatives will be in touch with you quickly.

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) MANDATORY (Postponed Until Further Notice- Mandatory in 2016)
FDA PGA Processing Animal Drugs and Devices
FDA PGA Processing Biologics
FDA PGA Processing Cosmetics
FDA PGA Processing Drugs
FDA PGA Processing Food Commodity
FDA PGA Processing Medical Devices
FDA PGA Processing Radiation Emitting Products
FDA PGA Processing Tobacco

APHIS-LACEY (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) MANDATORY (March 31, 2016)
• APHIS PGA Processing Lacey Act

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) MANDATORY (March 31, 2016)

NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

APHIS (Remaining APHIS data) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

DDTC (Directorate of Defense Trade Controls) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

E&C (Enforcement and Compliance Commission) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

FWS (Fish and Wildlife Service) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco, Tax and Tariff Bureau) MANDATORY (July 29, 2016)

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