Automated Commercial Environment (ACE): Elimination of C-TPAT Requirement To Establish ACE Importer and Broker Accounts, 5199-5200 [05-1768]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 20 / Tuesday, February 1, 2005 / Notices Name of Committee: Cardiovascular Sciences Integrated Review Group; Cardiac Contractility, Hypertrophy, and Failure Study Section. Date: February 28–March 1, 2005. Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Holiday Inn Select, 8120 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 Contact Person: Russell T. Dowell, PhD, Scientific Review Administrator, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 4128, MSC 7814, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301–435– 1850, dowellr@csr.nih.gov. Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Biomaterials and Biointerfaces: Quorum. Date: February 28–March 1, 2005. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Holiday Inn Select Bethesda, 8120 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814. 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Specifically, applicants seeking to establish importer or broker accounts so as to access the ACE Portal, or to participate in any ACE test, are no longer required to provide a statement certifying participation in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C–TPAT). Participation in C–TPAT has never been a requirement to establish a carrier account. EFFECTIVE DATES: The elimination of the C–TPAT requirement to establish an account or participate in any ACE test is effective immediately. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Maricich via e-mail at Michael.Maricich@dhs.gov, or by telephone at (703) 668–2406. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On May 1, 2002, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register (67 FR 21800) announcing a plan to conduct a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test of the first phase of the Automated Commercial Environment. In this notice, CBP stated that it planned to select approximately forty importer accounts from the list of qualified applicants for the initial deployment of this test. The notice also stated that additional participants may be selected throughout the duration of this test. In order to be considered as one of the initial participants, importers’ applications had to be received by CBP by June 1, 2002. Applications had to include the importer name, a unique importer number, a statement certifying participation in C–TPAT, and a statement certifying the capability to connect to the Internet. On June 18, 2002, CBP extended the application period for those desiring to be one of the initial importer participants by publishing a second General Notice in the Federal Register (67 FR 41572). That notice emphasized that applications to be an initial participant had to be submitted to CBP prior to August 1, 2002. Applications would be accepted after that date, but parties who so applied would be placed on a waiting list and considered for participation pending expansion of the technology. On February 4, 2004, CBP published a third General Notice in the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5199 Register (69 FR 5362) announcing the next step toward the full electronic processing of commercial importations in ACE, with a focus on identifying authorized importers and brokers to participate in the test to implement the Periodic Monthly Statement Process. The Notice stated that participants in this test would benefit by having access to operational data through the ACE Portal, enjoying the capability of being able to interact electronically with CBP, and making payments of duties and fees on a periodic monthly basis. Customs brokers, in order to apply, were required to provide names of the initial forty-one importers participating in the test by whom they had been or will have been designated as the authorized broker. In order to establish an ACE Broker Account, a broker was further required to file an application for participation which was to include the broker name, unique identification number, filer code, statement certifying participation in C–TPAT, statement certifying the capability of connecting to the Internet, statement certifying capability of making periodic payment via the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Credit or ACH Debit, and a statement certifying capability of filing entry/entry summary via Automated Broker Interface (ABI). Also on February 4, 2004, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register (69 FR 5360) which described the application process to be followed in order to establish a truck carrier account so as to be eligible to participate in the electronic truck manifest functionality. C–TPAT participation is not required in order to establish a truck carrier account. On September 8, 2004, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register (69 FR 54302), reminding the public that importers and their designated brokers may still apply to establish accounts so as to participate in the Periodic Monthly Statement Process. The Notice again invited customs brokers to participate in the ACE Portal test generally. C–TPAT Participation No Longer Required In order to encourage maximum participation in ACE and make benefits such as periodic monthly payment widely available, the application process to establish an importer or broker account or to participate in any ACE test will no longer require that a statement certifying C–TPAT participation be provided. It is important to note that this in no way indicates that the support of CBP management for the C–TPAT program has diminished. C–TPAT participants E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1 5200 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 20 / Tuesday, February 1, 2005 / Notices will continue to realize specific benefits such as reduced examinations. Removal of the C–TPAT requirement for participation in ACE is intended to increase the usage of ACE so as to further streamline the commercial importation process, which will benefit both the importing community and CBP. Dated: January 27, 2005. Jayson P. Ahern, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. [FR Doc. 05–1768 Filed 1–31–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4820–02–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA–1573–DR] Indiana; Major Disaster and Related Determinations Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This is a notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Indiana (FEMA– 1573–DR), dated January 21, 2005, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: January 21, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Magda Ruiz, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2705. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that, in a letter dated January 21, 2005, the President declared a major disaster under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121–5206 (the Stafford Act), as follows: I have determined that the damage in certain areas of the State of Indiana, resulting from severe winter storms and flooding beginning on January 1, 2005, and continuing, is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant a major disaster declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121–5206 (the Stafford Act). Therefore, I declare that such a major disaster exists in the State of Indiana. In order to provide Federal assistance, you are hereby authorized to allocate from funds available for these purposes such amounts as you find necessary for Federal disaster assistance and administrative expenses. You are authorized to provide Individual Assistance in the designated areas; Hazard Mitigation throughout the State; and any VerDate jul<14>2003 15:06 Jan 31, 2005 Jkt 205001 other forms of assistance under the Stafford Act you may deem appropriate. Consistent with the requirement that Federal assistance be supplemental, any Federal funds provided under the Stafford Act for Hazard Mitigation and the Other Needs Assistance under section 408 of the Stafford Act will be limited to 75 percent of the total eligible costs. If Public Assistance is later requested and warranted, Federal funds provided under that program will also be limited to 75 percent of the total eligible costs. Further, you are authorized to make changes to this declaration to the extent allowable under the Stafford Act The time period prescribed for the implementation of section 310(a), Priority to Certain Applications for Public Facility and Public Housing Assistance, 42 U.S.C. 5153, shall be for a period not to exceed six months after the date of this declaration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice that pursuant to the authority vested in the Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, under Executive Order 12148, as amended, Ron Sherman, of FEMA is appointed to act as the Federal Coordinating Officer for this declared disaster. I do hereby determine the following areas of the State of Indiana to have been affected adversely by this declared major disaster: The counties of Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Daviess, Decatur, Delaware, Dubois, Floyd, Fountain, Gibson, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Warrick, Washington, Wells, and White for Individual Assistance. All counties within the State of Indiana are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund Program; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services Program; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance; 97.048, Individuals and Households Housing; 97.049, Individuals and Households Disaster Housing Operations; 97.050 Individuals and Households ProgramOther Needs; 97.036, Public Assistance PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Grants; 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program) Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 05–1780 Filed 1–31–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA–3198–EM] Ohio; Amendment No.1 to Notice of an Emergency Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This notice amends the notice of an emergency declaration for the State of Ohio (FEMA–3198–EM), dated January 11, 2005, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: January 25, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Magda Ruiz, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2705. The notice of an emergency declaration for the State of Ohio is hereby amended to include the following areas among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the catastrophe declared an emergency by the President in his declaration of January 11, 2005: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The counties of Crawford, Huron, Marion, Richland, Sandusky, and Seneca for emergency protective measures (Category B) under the Public Assistance program for a period of 48 hours. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.036, Disaster Assistance.) Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 05–1778 Filed 1–31–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 20 (Tuesday, February 1, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5199-5200]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-1768]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection


Automated Commercial Environment (ACE): Elimination of C-TPAT 
Requirement To Establish ACE Importer and Broker Accounts

AGENCY: Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces a change to the application requirements 
when applying to become an Importer or Broker Account so as to access 
the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal (``ACE 
Portal'') or to participate in any ACE test. Specifically, applicants 
seeking to establish importer or broker accounts so as to access the 
ACE Portal, or to participate in any ACE test, are no longer required 
to provide a statement certifying participation in the Customs Trade 
Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Participation in C-TPAT has 
never been a requirement to establish a carrier account.

EFFECTIVE DATES: The elimination of the C-TPAT requirement to establish 
an account or participate in any ACE test is effective immediately.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Maricich via e-mail at 
Michael.Maricich@dhs.gov, or by telephone at (703) 668-2406.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On May 1, 2002, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal 
Register (67 FR 21800) announcing a plan to conduct a National Customs 
Automation Program (NCAP) test of the first phase of the Automated 
Commercial Environment. In this notice, CBP stated that it planned to 
select approximately forty importer accounts from the list of qualified 
applicants for the initial deployment of this test. The notice also 
stated that additional participants may be selected throughout the 
duration of this test. In order to be considered as one of the initial 
participants, importers' applications had to be received by CBP by June 
1, 2002. Applications had to include the importer name, a unique 
importer number, a statement certifying participation in C-TPAT, and a 
statement certifying the capability to connect to the Internet.
    On June 18, 2002, CBP extended the application period for those 
desiring to be one of the initial importer participants by publishing a 
second General Notice in the Federal Register (67 FR 41572). That 
notice emphasized that applications to be an initial participant had to 
be submitted to CBP prior to August 1, 2002. Applications would be 
accepted after that date, but parties who so applied would be placed on 
a waiting list and considered for participation pending expansion of 
the technology.
    On February 4, 2004, CBP published a third General Notice in the 
Federal Register (69 FR 5362) announcing the next step toward the full 
electronic processing of commercial importations in ACE, with a focus 
on identifying authorized importers and brokers to participate in the 
test to implement the Periodic Monthly Statement Process. The Notice 
stated that participants in this test would benefit by having access to 
operational data through the ACE Portal, enjoying the capability of 
being able to interact electronically with CBP, and making payments of 
duties and fees on a periodic monthly basis. Customs brokers, in order 
to apply, were required to provide names of the initial forty-one 
importers participating in the test by whom they had been or will have 
been designated as the authorized broker. In order to establish an ACE 
Broker Account, a broker was further required to file an application 
for participation which was to include the broker name, unique 
identification number, filer code, statement certifying participation 
in C-TPAT, statement certifying the capability of connecting to the 
Internet, statement certifying capability of making periodic payment 
via the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Credit or ACH Debit, and a 
statement certifying capability of filing entry/entry summary via 
Automated Broker Interface (ABI).
    Also on February 4, 2004, CBP published a General Notice in the 
Federal Register (69 FR 5360) which described the application process 
to be followed in order to establish a truck carrier account so as to 
be eligible to participate in the electronic truck manifest 
functionality. C-TPAT participation is not required in order to 
establish a truck carrier account.
    On September 8, 2004, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal 
Register (69 FR 54302), reminding the public that importers and their 
designated brokers may still apply to establish accounts so as to 
participate in the Periodic Monthly Statement Process. The Notice again 
invited customs brokers to participate in the ACE Portal test 
generally.

C-TPAT Participation No Longer Required

    In order to encourage maximum participation in ACE and make 
benefits such as periodic monthly payment widely available, the 
application process to establish an importer or broker account or to 
participate in any ACE test will no longer require that a statement 
certifying C-TPAT participation be provided. It is important to note 
that this in no way indicates that the support of CBP management for 
the C-TPAT program has diminished. C-TPAT participants

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will continue to realize specific benefits such as reduced 
examinations. Removal of the C-TPAT requirement for participation in 
ACE is intended to increase the usage of ACE so as to further 
streamline the commercial importation process, which will benefit both 
the importing community and CBP.

    Dated: January 27, 2005.
Jayson P. Ahern,
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations.
[FR Doc. 05-1768 Filed 1-31-05; 8:45 am]
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