Notice Announcing the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as the Sole CBP-Authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) System for Processing Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings, 10264-10267 [2016-04421]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 10264 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 / Notices Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Fellowship: Physiology and Pathobiology of Musculoskeletal, Oral and Skin Systems. Date: March 23, 2016. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road NW., Washington, DC 20015. Contact Person: Anshumali Chaudhari, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 4124, MSC 7802, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 435– 1210, chaudhaa@csr.nih.gov. Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Member Conflict: Bioengineering Sciences. Date: March 24, 2016. Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. 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Name of Committee: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Special Emphasis Panel; ZNS1 SRB–G (05). Date: March 3–4, 2016. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications. Place: Hotel Monaco Alexandria, 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Contact Person: Shanta Rajaram, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NINDS/NIH/DHHS/Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3208, MSC 9529, Bethesda, MD 20892–9529, 301–435– 6033, rajarams@mail.nih.gov. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.853, Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders; 93.854, Biological Basis Research in the Neurosciences, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: February 23, 2016. 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[FR Doc. 2016–04232 Filed 2–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Notice Announcing the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as the Sole CBP-Authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) System for Processing Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 / Notices ACTION: General notice. This document announces that the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for processing certain electronic entry and entry summary filings as of the effective dates of this notice. As of the effective dates of this notice, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for merchandise subject only to the import requirements of CBP and also to the Lacey Act import requirements of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), or the import requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or the import requirements of both APHIS (Lacey) and NHTSA, as well as CBP. This document also announces that the Automated Commercial System (ACS) will no longer be a CBPauthorized EDI system for purposes of processing the electronic filings specified in this notice. This document further announces the conclusion of the ACE/International Trade Data System (ITDS) pilots for APHIS (Lacey) and NHTSA. Electronic entry and entry summary filings for merchandise subject to the import requirements of other Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) can be submitted in ACE pursuant to an ongoing PGA pilot, or in ACS, until further notice. DATES: Effective March 31, 2016: ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for: • Electronic entry summaries for merchandise that is subject only to the import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry types: 01 (consumption), 03 (consumption— antidumping/countervailing duty), 11 (informal), 23 (temporary importation under bond), 51 (Defense Contract Administration Service Region), and 52 (government—dutiable); and • electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries associated with the above entry types, for merchandise subject to the Lacey Act import requirements of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), or to the import requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and no other PGA requirements. Effective May 28, 2016: ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for: • electronic entries for merchandise that is subject only to the import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry types: 01 (consumption), 03 (consumption— antidumping/countervailing duty), 11 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Feb 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 (informal), 23 (temporary importation under bond), 51 (Defense Contract Administration Service Region), and 52 (government—dutiable); and • electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries associated with entry type 06 (consumption—foreign trade zone), for merchandise that is subject only to the import requirements of CBP; or for merchandise subject to the import requirements of APHIS (Lacey Act) or NHTSA, and no other PGA requirements. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions related to this notice may be emailed to ASKACE@cbp.dhs.gov with the subject line identifier reading ‘‘ACS to ACE March 31, 2016 transition’’. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Statutory Authority Section 484 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1484), establishes the requirement for importers of record to make entry for merchandise to be imported into the customs territory of the United States. Customs entry information is used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) to determine whether merchandise may be released from CBP custody. Importers of record are also obligated to complete the entry by filing an entry summary declaring the value, classification, rate of duty applicable to the merchandise and such other information as is necessary for CBP to properly assess duties, collect accurate statistics and determine whether any other applicable requirement of law is met. The customs entry requirements were amended by Title VI of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 103–182, 107 Stat. 2057, December 8, 1993), commonly known as the Customs Modernization Act, or Mod Act. In particular, section 637 of the Mod Act amended section 484(a)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1484(a)(1)(A)) by revising the requirement to make and complete customs entry by submitting documentation to CBP to allow, in the alternative, the electronic transmission of such entry information pursuant to a CBP-authorized electronic data interchange (EDI) system. CBP created the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to track, control, and process all commercial goods imported into the United States. CBP established the specific requirements and procedures for the electronic filing of entry and PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10265 entry summary data for imported merchandise through the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) to ACS. Transition From ACS to ACE In an effort to modernize the business processes essential to securing U.S. borders, facilitating the flow of legitimate shipments, and targeting illicit goods pursuant to the Mod Act and the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–347, 120 Stat. 1884), CBP developed the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) to eventually replace ACS as the CBP-authorized EDI system. Over the last several years, CBP has tested ACE and provided significant public outreach to ensure that the trade community is fully aware of the transition from ACS to ACE. On February 19, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13659, Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses, in order to reduce supply chain barriers to commerce while continuing to protect our national security, public health and safety, the environment, and natural resources. See 79 FR 10657 (February 25, 2014). Pursuant to E.O. 13659, a deadline of December 31, 2016, was established for participating Federal agencies to have capabilities, agreements, and other requirements in place to utilize the International Trade Data System (ITDS) and supporting systems, such as ACE, as the primary means of receiving from users the standard set of data and other relevant documentation (exclusive of applications for permits, licenses, or certifications) required for the release of imported cargo and clearance of cargo for export. As part of the transition to full ITDS functionality in ACE, CBP has been conducting tests under the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP). The NCAP was established by Subtitle B of the Mod Act. See 19 U.S.C. 1411. These tests of ITDS functionality include the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set Test (See, e.g., 78 FR 75931) and the Document Image System (DIS) Test (See, e.g., 77 FR 20835). The PGA Message Set is the data that is needed to satisfy the reporting requirements of other ITDS agencies and that is transmitted to ACE through the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). After the data is submitted, it is validated and made available to the relevant agencies. The data is used to fulfill multiple requirements and enables more effective enforcement and faster release decisions, as well as more certainty for the importer in determining logistics of cargo delivery. Also, by virtue of being E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 10266 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 / Notices electronic, the PGA Message Set eliminates the necessity for the submission and subsequent handling of paper documents. CBP and several other agencies have announced NCAP test pilot programs regarding the submission of required data using the PGA Message Set. DIS allows ACE filers to submit electronic images of a specific set of ITDS Agency documentation in XML format through ABI, a Secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Secure Web Services, or as an attachment to an email formatted according to the specifications in the DIS Implementation Guidelines. On October 13, 2015, CBP published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register (80 FR 61278) that designated ACE as a CBP-authorized EDI system. The designation of ACE as a CBPauthorized EDI system was effective November 1, 2015. In the Interim Final Rule, CBP stated that ACS would be phased out and anticipated that ACS would no longer be supported for entry and entry summary filing by the end of February 2016. Filers were encouraged to adjust their business practices so that they would be prepared when ACS was decommissioned. While significant progress has been made, continued concerns about trade readiness have necessitated an updated timeline for the mandatory transition to ACE for electronic entry and entry summary filing. As a result, CBP has developed a staggered transition strategy, to give the trade additional time to adjust their business practices and complete programming for entry and entry summary filing in ACE. This notice announces that, beginning on March 31, 2016, CBP will begin decommissioning ACS for certain entry filings (including ‘‘entry summary certified for cargo release’’ filings) and entry summary filings, making ACE the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for processing these electronic filings. CBP will announce the conclusion of the PGA Message Set and DIS pilots on a rolling basis. As each pilot is concluded, ACE will become the sole CBPauthorized EDI system for electronic entry and entry summary filings for merchandise subject to the specified PGA import requirements. After conclusion of a pilot, electronic entry and entry summary filings for merchandise subject to the specified PGA import requirements will no longer be permitted in ACS. This notice announces the conclusion of the pilots for filing Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Lacey Act data and National Highway VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Feb 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data in ACE via the PGA Message Set. On August 6, 2015, APHIS published a notice in the Federal Register, announcing a test of the PGA Message Set for the electronic submission of import data required by the Lacey Act. (80 FR 46951). CBP and APHIS have evaluated the test for submission of Lacey Act data in ACE and have found the test to have been successful. The ACE PGA Message Set has the operational capabilities necessary to electronically collect the Lacey Act data required by APHIS. APHIS and CBP are confident that the system is now ready for full Lacey Act integration based on the sustained success of the pilot, which has experienced no data or system errors. As a result, this test has been concluded, as announced by APHIS in a bulletin communication on January 22, 2016. On August 10, 2015, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register announcing an NCAP test of the PGA Message Set for the electronic submission of import data required by NHTSA. (80 FR 47938). CBP and NHTSA have evaluated the NCAP test for filing import data required by NHTSA in ACE, and have found the test to have been successful. The PGA Message Set has the operational capabilities necessary to electronically collect the import data required by NHTSA in ACE. As a result, this notice announces the conclusion of the NHTSA PGA Message Set test. ACE as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings This notice announces that ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for the electronic filings listed below. These electronic filings must be formatted for submission in ACE, and will no longer be accepted in ACS. I. Electronic filings for merchandise subject only to CBP import requirements: Effective March 31, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entry summaries filed for merchandise that is subject only to import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry types: • 01—Consumption—Free and Dutiable • 03—Consumption—Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty • 11—Informal—Free and Dutiable • 23—Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) • 51—Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR) • 52—Government—Dutiable PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Effective May 28, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries for merchandise that is subject only to import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry types: • 01—Consumption—Free and Dutiable • 03—Consumption—Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty • 06—Consumption—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) • 11—Informal—Free and Dutiable • 23—Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) • 51—Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR) • 52—Government—Dutiable Effective May 28, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entry summaries for merchandise that is subject only to import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry type: • 06—Consumption—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) II. Electronic filings for merchandise subject to Lacey Act import requirements by APHIS: Effective March 31, 2016, for the following entry types, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry summaries for merchandise that is subject to the Lacey Act import requirements of APHIS, unless such filings also include PGA data or documentation other than NHTSA data: • 01—Consumption—Free and Dutiable • 03—Consumption—Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty • 11—Informal—Free and Dutiable • 23—Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) • 51—Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR) • 52—Government—Dutiable Effective May 28, 2016, for the following entry type, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry summaries for merchandise that is subject to the Lacey Act import requirements of APHIS, unless such filings also include PGA data or documentation other than NHTSA data: • 06—Consumption—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) III. Electronic filings for merchandise subject to NHTSA import requirements: Effective March 31, 2016, for the following entry types, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry summaries for merchandise that is subject to the import requirements of NHTSA, unless such filings also include PGA data or documentation other than APHIS (Lacey) data: E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 / Notices • 01—Consumption—Free and Dutiable • 03—Consumption—Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty • 11—Informal—Free and Dutiable • 23—Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) • 51—Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR) • 52—Government—Dutiable Effective May 28, 2016, for the following entry type, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry summaries for merchandise that is subject to the import requirements of NHTSA, unless such filings also include PGA data or documentation other than APHIS (Lacey) data: • 06—Consumption—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) • 26—Warehouse—Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) (Admission) • 33—Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation) • 64—Barge Movement • 65—Permit to Proceed • 66—Baggage Dated: February 25, 2016. R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2016–04421 Filed 2–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ACS as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings [Docket No. ICEB–2016–0001] Electronic entry and entry summary filings for the following entry types must continue to be filed only in ACS: • 02—Consumption—Quota/Visa • 07—Consumption—Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty and Quota/Visa Combination • 08—NAFTA Duty Deferral • 09—Reconciliation Summary • 12—Informal—Quota/Visa (other than textiles) • 21—Warehouse • 22—Re-Warehouse • 31—Warehouse Withdrawal— Consumption • 32—Warehouse Withdrawal—Quota • 34—Warehouse Withdrawal— Antidumping/Countervailing Duty • 38—Warehouse Withdrawal— Antidumping/Countervailing Duty & Quota/Visa Combination • 41—Direct Identification Manufacturing Drawback • 42—Direct Identification Unused Merchandise Drawback • 43—Rejected Merchandise Drawback • 44—Substitution Manufacturer Drawback • 45—Substitution Unused Merchandise Drawback • 46—Other Drawback • 61—Immediate Transportation • 62—Transportation and Exportation • 63—Immediate Exportation • 69—Transit (Rail only) • 70—Multi-Transit (Rail only) Due to low shipment volume, filings for the following entry types will not be automated in either ACS or ACE: • 04—Appraisement • 05—Vessel—Repair • 24—Trade Fair • 25—Permanent Exhibition AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Feb 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers Meeting Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS. ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will meet in San Antonio, TX to brief Committee members on ICE’s family residential centers and to review and assess the Committee tasking. This meeting will be open to the public. Due to limited seating, individuals who wish to attend the meeting in person are required to register online at www.ice.gov/acfrc. DATES: The Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers will meet on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please note that these meetings may conclude early if the Committee has completed all business. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor conference room of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services San Antonio Field Office at 8940 Fourwinds Drive, San Antonio, TX 78239. For information on facilities, services for individuals with disabilities, or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact Mr. John Amaya, Designated Federal Officer, at ICE_ ACFRC@ice.dhs.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Amaya, Designated Federal Officer for the Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers, at ICE_ACFRC@ ice.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (Title 5, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10267 United States Code Appendix). Written statements may be submitted to the ACFRC Designated Federal Officer (DFO) (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Statements should be no longer than two typewritten pages and address the following details: the issue, discussion, and recommended course of action. Additional information, including the agenda and electronic registration details, is available on the ACFRC Web site at www.ice.gov/acfrc. Meeting Agenda The agenda for the Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers meeting is as follows: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (1) Welcome and Opening Remarks (2) ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Briefing (3) Review Previously Issued Committee Tasking on Recommendations for Best Practices at Family Residential Centers (4) Public Comment (5) Closing Remarks (6) Adjourn The meeting agenda, Committee tasking, and all meeting documentation will be made available online at: www.ice.gov/acfrc. Alternatively, you may contact Mr. John Amaya as noted in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. A public oral comment period will be held at the end of the day. Speakers are requested to limit their comments to 2 minutes. Please note that the public comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments. Molly Stubbs, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Notice Announcing the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as 
the Sole CBP-Authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) System for 
Processing Certain Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

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ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: This document announces that the Automated Commercial 
Environment (ACE) will be the sole electronic data interchange (EDI) 
system authorized by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) for processing certain electronic entry and entry 
summary filings as of the effective dates of this notice. As of the 
effective dates of this notice, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI 
system for merchandise subject only to the import requirements of CBP 
and also to the Lacey Act import requirements of the Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service (APHIS), or the import requirements of the 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or the import 
requirements of both APHIS (Lacey) and NHTSA, as well as CBP. This 
document also announces that the Automated Commercial System (ACS) will 
no longer be a CBP-authorized EDI system for purposes of processing the 
electronic filings specified in this notice. This document further 
announces the conclusion of the ACE/International Trade Data System 
(ITDS) pilots for APHIS (Lacey) and NHTSA. Electronic entry and entry 
summary filings for merchandise subject to the import requirements of 
other Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) can be submitted in ACE 
pursuant to an ongoing PGA pilot, or in ACS, until further notice.

DATES: Effective March 31, 2016: ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized 
EDI system for:
     Electronic entry summaries for merchandise that is subject 
only to the import requirements of CBP, associated with the following 
entry types: 01 (consumption), 03 (consumption--antidumping/
countervailing duty), 11 (informal), 23 (temporary importation under 
bond), 51 (Defense Contract Administration Service Region), and 52 
(government--dutiable); and
     electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries 
associated with the above entry types, for merchandise subject to the 
Lacey Act import requirements of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS), or to the import requirements of the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and no other PGA requirements.
    Effective May 28, 2016: ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI 
system for:
     electronic entries for merchandise that is subject only to 
the import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry 
types: 01 (consumption), 03 (consumption--antidumping/countervailing 
duty), 11 (informal), 23 (temporary importation under bond), 51 
(Defense Contract Administration Service Region), and 52 (government--
dutiable); and
     electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries 
associated with entry type 06 (consumption--foreign trade zone), for 
merchandise that is subject only to the import requirements of CBP; or 
for merchandise subject to the import requirements of APHIS (Lacey Act) 
or NHTSA, and no other PGA requirements.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions related to this notice may 
be emailed to ASKACE@cbp.dhs.gov with the subject line identifier 
reading ``ACS to ACE March 31, 2016 transition''.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Statutory Authority

    Section 484 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1484), 
establishes the requirement for importers of record to make entry for 
merchandise to be imported into the customs territory of the United 
States. Customs entry information is used by U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) and Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) to determine 
whether merchandise may be released from CBP custody. Importers of 
record are also obligated to complete the entry by filing an entry 
summary declaring the value, classification, rate of duty applicable to 
the merchandise and such other information as is necessary for CBP to 
properly assess duties, collect accurate statistics and determine 
whether any other applicable requirement of law is met.
    The customs entry requirements were amended by Title VI of the 
North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 103-
182, 107 Stat. 2057, December 8, 1993), commonly known as the Customs 
Modernization Act, or Mod Act. In particular, section 637 of the Mod 
Act amended section 484(a)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 
1484(a)(1)(A)) by revising the requirement to make and complete customs 
entry by submitting documentation to CBP to allow, in the alternative, 
the electronic transmission of such entry information pursuant to a 
CBP-authorized electronic data interchange (EDI) system. CBP created 
the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to track, control, and process 
all commercial goods imported into the United States. CBP established 
the specific requirements and procedures for the electronic filing of 
entry and entry summary data for imported merchandise through the 
Automated Broker Interface (ABI) to ACS.

Transition From ACS to ACE

    In an effort to modernize the business processes essential to 
securing U.S. borders, facilitating the flow of legitimate shipments, 
and targeting illicit goods pursuant to the Mod Act and the Security 
and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-347, 
120 Stat. 1884), CBP developed the Automated Commercial Environment 
(ACE) to eventually replace ACS as the CBP-authorized EDI system. Over 
the last several years, CBP has tested ACE and provided significant 
public outreach to ensure that the trade community is fully aware of 
the transition from ACS to ACE.
    On February 19, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 
13659, Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses, 
in order to reduce supply chain barriers to commerce while continuing 
to protect our national security, public health and safety, the 
environment, and natural resources. See 79 FR 10657 (February 25, 
2014). Pursuant to E.O. 13659, a deadline of December 31, 2016, was 
established for participating Federal agencies to have capabilities, 
agreements, and other requirements in place to utilize the 
International Trade Data System (ITDS) and supporting systems, such as 
ACE, as the primary means of receiving from users the standard set of 
data and other relevant documentation (exclusive of applications for 
permits, licenses, or certifications) required for the release of 
imported cargo and clearance of cargo for export.
    As part of the transition to full ITDS functionality in ACE, CBP 
has been conducting tests under the National Customs Automation Program 
(NCAP). The NCAP was established by Subtitle B of the Mod Act. See 19 
U.S.C. 1411. These tests of ITDS functionality include the Partner 
Government Agency (PGA) Message Set Test (See, e.g., 78 FR 75931) and 
the Document Image System (DIS) Test (See, e.g., 77 FR 20835).
    The PGA Message Set is the data that is needed to satisfy the 
reporting requirements of other ITDS agencies and that is transmitted 
to ACE through the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). After the data is 
submitted, it is validated and made available to the relevant agencies. 
The data is used to fulfill multiple requirements and enables more 
effective enforcement and faster release decisions, as well as more 
certainty for the importer in determining logistics of cargo delivery. 
Also, by virtue of being

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electronic, the PGA Message Set eliminates the necessity for the 
submission and subsequent handling of paper documents. CBP and several 
other agencies have announced NCAP test pilot programs regarding the 
submission of required data using the PGA Message Set.
    DIS allows ACE filers to submit electronic images of a specific set 
of ITDS Agency documentation in XML format through ABI, a Secure File 
Transfer Protocol (FTP), or Secure Web Services, or as an attachment to 
an email formatted according to the specifications in the DIS 
Implementation Guidelines.
    On October 13, 2015, CBP published an Interim Final Rule in the 
Federal Register (80 FR 61278) that designated ACE as a CBP-authorized 
EDI system. The designation of ACE as a CBP-authorized EDI system was 
effective November 1, 2015. In the Interim Final Rule, CBP stated that 
ACS would be phased out and anticipated that ACS would no longer be 
supported for entry and entry summary filing by the end of February 
2016. Filers were encouraged to adjust their business practices so that 
they would be prepared when ACS was decommissioned.
    While significant progress has been made, continued concerns about 
trade readiness have necessitated an updated timeline for the mandatory 
transition to ACE for electronic entry and entry summary filing. As a 
result, CBP has developed a staggered transition strategy, to give the 
trade additional time to adjust their business practices and complete 
programming for entry and entry summary filing in ACE.
    This notice announces that, beginning on March 31, 2016, CBP will 
begin decommissioning ACS for certain entry filings (including ``entry 
summary certified for cargo release'' filings) and entry summary 
filings, making ACE the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for processing 
these electronic filings. CBP will announce the conclusion of the PGA 
Message Set and DIS pilots on a rolling basis. As each pilot is 
concluded, ACE will become the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for 
electronic entry and entry summary filings for merchandise subject to 
the specified PGA import requirements. After conclusion of a pilot, 
electronic entry and entry summary filings for merchandise subject to 
the specified PGA import requirements will no longer be permitted in 
ACS.
    This notice announces the conclusion of the pilots for filing 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Lacey Act data and 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data in ACE via 
the PGA Message Set.
    On August 6, 2015, APHIS published a notice in the Federal 
Register, announcing a test of the PGA Message Set for the electronic 
submission of import data required by the Lacey Act. (80 FR 46951). CBP 
and APHIS have evaluated the test for submission of Lacey Act data in 
ACE and have found the test to have been successful. The ACE PGA 
Message Set has the operational capabilities necessary to 
electronically collect the Lacey Act data required by APHIS. APHIS and 
CBP are confident that the system is now ready for full Lacey Act 
integration based on the sustained success of the pilot, which has 
experienced no data or system errors. As a result, this test has been 
concluded, as announced by APHIS in a bulletin communication on January 
22, 2016.
    On August 10, 2015, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register 
announcing an NCAP test of the PGA Message Set for the electronic 
submission of import data required by NHTSA. (80 FR 47938). CBP and 
NHTSA have evaluated the NCAP test for filing import data required by 
NHTSA in ACE, and have found the test to have been successful. The PGA 
Message Set has the operational capabilities necessary to 
electronically collect the import data required by NHTSA in ACE. As a 
result, this notice announces the conclusion of the NHTSA PGA Message 
Set test.

ACE as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain 
Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings

    This notice announces that ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI 
system for the electronic filings listed below. These electronic 
filings must be formatted for submission in ACE, and will no longer be 
accepted in ACS.
    I. Electronic filings for merchandise subject only to CBP import 
requirements:
    Effective March 31, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI 
system for electronic entry summaries filed for merchandise that is 
subject only to import requirements of CBP, associated with the 
following entry types:

 01--Consumption--Free and Dutiable
 03--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
 11--Informal--Free and Dutiable
 23--Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
 51--Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
 52--Government--Dutiable

    Effective May 28, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI 
system for electronic entries for merchandise that is subject only to 
import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry types:

 01--Consumption--Free and Dutiable
 03--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
 06--Consumption--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
 11--Informal--Free and Dutiable
 23--Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
 51--Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
 52--Government--Dutiable

    Effective May 28, 2016, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI 
system for electronic entry summaries for merchandise that is subject 
only to import requirements of CBP, associated with the following entry 
type:

 06--Consumption--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

    II. Electronic filings for merchandise subject to Lacey Act import 
requirements by APHIS:
    Effective March 31, 2016, for the following entry types, ACE will 
be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry 
summaries for merchandise that is subject to the Lacey Act import 
requirements of APHIS, unless such filings also include PGA data or 
documentation other than NHTSA data:

 01--Consumption--Free and Dutiable
 03--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
 11--Informal--Free and Dutiable
 23--Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
 51--Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
 52--Government--Dutiable
    Effective May 28, 2016, for the following entry type, ACE will be 
the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry 
summaries for merchandise that is subject to the Lacey Act import 
requirements of APHIS, unless such filings also include PGA data or 
documentation other than NHTSA data:
 06--Consumption--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
    III. Electronic filings for merchandise subject to NHTSA import 
requirements:
    Effective March 31, 2016, for the following entry types, ACE will 
be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry 
summaries for merchandise that is subject to the import requirements of 
NHTSA, unless such filings also include PGA data or documentation other 
than APHIS (Lacey) data:


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 01--Consumption--Free and Dutiable
 03--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
 11--Informal--Free and Dutiable
 23--Temporary Importation Bond (TIB)
 51--Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR)
 52--Government--Dutiable
    Effective May 28, 2016, for the following entry type, ACE will be 
the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entries and entry 
summaries for merchandise that is subject to the import requirements of 
NHTSA, unless such filings also include PGA data or documentation other 
than APHIS (Lacey) data:
     06--Consumption--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
ACS as the Sole CBP-Authorized EDI System for the Processing of Certain 
Electronic Entry and Entry Summary Filings
    Electronic entry and entry summary filings for the following entry 
types must continue to be filed only in ACS:

 02--Consumption--Quota/Visa
 07--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Quota/
Visa Combination
 08--NAFTA Duty Deferral
 09--Reconciliation Summary
 12--Informal--Quota/Visa (other than textiles)
 21--Warehouse
 22--Re-Warehouse
 31--Warehouse Withdrawal--Consumption
 32--Warehouse Withdrawal--Quota
 34--Warehouse Withdrawal--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty
 38--Warehouse Withdrawal--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty &
Quota/Visa Combination
 41--Direct Identification Manufacturing Drawback
 42--Direct Identification Unused Merchandise Drawback
 43--Rejected Merchandise Drawback
 44--Substitution Manufacturer Drawback
 45--Substitution Unused Merchandise Drawback
 46--Other Drawback
 61--Immediate Transportation
 62--Transportation and Exportation
 63--Immediate Exportation
 69--Transit (Rail only)
 70--Multi-Transit (Rail only)
    Due to low shipment volume, filings for the following entry types 
will not be automated in either ACS or ACE:

 04--Appraisement
 05--Vessel--Repair
 24--Trade Fair
 25--Permanent Exhibition
 26--Warehouse--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) (Admission)
 33--Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation)
 64--Barge Movement
 65--Permit to Proceed
 66--Baggage

    Dated: February 25, 2016.
R. Gil Kerlikowske,
Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
[FR Doc. 2016-04421 Filed 2-26-16; 8:45 am]
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