Modification of the National Customs Automation Program Test Regarding Submission of Import Data and Documents Required by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Through the Automated Commercial Environment, 17669-17671 [2018-08381]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 78 / Monday, April 23, 2018 / Notices Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6214, MSC 7804, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301–451– 3493, rahmanl@csr.nih.gov. Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; RFA Panel: Tobacco Regulatory Science A. Date: May 21, 2018. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 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: Wenchi Liang, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 3150, MSC 7770, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301–435– 0681, liangw3@csr.nih.gov. (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.306, Comparative Medicine; 93.333, Clinical Research, 93.306, 93.333, 93.337, 93.393–93.396, 93.837–93.844, 93.846–93.878, 93.892, 93.893, National Institutes of Health, HHS) Dated: April 16, 2018. Sylvia L. Neal, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–08362 Filed 4–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Customs and Border Protection Modification of the National Customs Automation Program Test Regarding Submission of Import Data and Documents Required by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Through the Automated Commercial Environment U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Apr 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 I. Background National Customs Automation Program Test This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is modifying and reopening the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test pertaining to the submission of certain import data and documents for commodities regulated by FWS (‘‘FWS test’’) through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The modifications in this notice apply to the participation and discontinuation of participation in the test, submission options for test participants, and restrictions to the initial participation in the test. Except to the extent expressly announced or modified by this document, all aspects, rules, terms and conditions announced in a previous SUMMARY: notice regarding the FWS test remain in effect. DATES: As of May 23, 2018, the modifications to the FWS test will become operational. This test will continue until concluded by way of announcement in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice and any aspect of this test may be submitted at any time during the test via email to Christopher Mabelitini, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (571) 468–5095 or Christopher.Mabelitini@cbp.dhs.gov, with a subject line identifier reading ‘‘Comment on FWS Test FRN.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Partner Government Agency (PGA)related questions, contact Bill Scopa, Trade Policy and Programs, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (202) 863–6554 or William.R.Scopa@cbp.dhs.gov. For technical questions related to ACE or Automated Broker Interface (ABI) transmissions, contact your assigned client representative. Interested parties without an assigned client representative should direct their questions to Steven Zaccaro, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (571) 358–7809 or Steven.J.Zaccaro@ cbp.dhs.gov with the subject heading ‘‘FWS Test.’’ For FWS-related questions, contact Tamesha Woulard, Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (703) 358–1949 or Tamesha_Woulard@fws.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) was established by Subtitle B of Title VI—Customs Modernization in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act (Customs Modernization Act) (Pub. L. 103–182, 107 Stat. 2057, 2170, December 8, 1993) (19 U.S.C. 1411). Through NCAP, the thrust of customs modernization was on trade compliance and the development of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), the planned successor to the Automated Commercial System (ACS) as the electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). ACE is an automated and electronic system for commercial trade processing which is intended to streamline business processes, facilitate growth in trade, ensure cargo security, PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17669 and foster participation in global commerce, while ensuring compliance with U.S. laws and regulations and reducing costs for CBP and all of its communities of interest. The ability to meet these objectives depends on successfully modernizing CBP’s business functions and the information technology that supports those functions. CBP’s modernization efforts are accomplished through phased releases of ACE component functionality designed to replace specific legacy ACS functions and add new functionality. Section 101.9(b) of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 101.9(b)) provides for the testing of NCAP components. See T.D. 95–21, 60 FR 14211 (March 16, 1995). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Partner Government Message Set (PGA) and Digital Image System (DIS) Test On May 5, 2016, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register (81 FR 27149) announcing an NCAP test concerning the electronic submission of certain import data and documents for commodities regulated by FWS (‘‘FWS test’’). The test notice provided that test participants would electronically submit data contained in FWS’s ‘‘Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish and Wildlife’’ (‘‘Declaration’’ or ‘‘FWS Form 3–177’’) to ACE using the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set, and any required original permits or certificates, and copies of any other documents required under the FWS regulations (see 50 CFR part 14) to ACE via the Document Image System (DIS). Under the test, ACE replaced FWS’s internetbased filing system (‘‘eDecs’’) used for the electronic submission of the Declaration and accompanying documents. After receipt in ACE, the data and electronic documents would be sent to FWS for processing. The test notice further stated that original ‘‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’’ (‘‘CITES’’) permits and certificates, and foreign-law paper documents would continue to be submitted directly to the FWS office at the applicable port. There was a lack of participation, and on January 12, 2017, the FWS PGA Message Set test was suspended due to concerns raised by the industry regarding the design of the message set. See CSMS Message Set 17– 000015. II. Test Modifications This document announces the reopening of the FWS test with E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1 17670 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 78 / Monday, April 23, 2018 / Notices modifications. Each modification is discussed separately below. Except to the extent expressly announced or modified by this document, all aspects, rules, terms, requirements, obligations and conditions announced in the previous notice regarding the FWS test remain in effect. A. Application for Participation in Test The original test notice announced that a party seeking to participate in the test program had to send an email to its CBP client representative, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade (formerly known as ACE Business Office, Office of International Trade). This notice announces that applications to participate in the test program should be submitted by email to FWS at lawenforcement@fws.gov, with the subject heading ‘‘Request to Participate in the FWS Test.’’ A copy of the application should be sent to the applicant’s CBP client representative, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade. Applications must include the applicant’s filer code, the commodities the applicant intends to import, and the intended ports of arrival. Any applicant to the original test notice who wishes to participate in the reopening of the test should apply again pursuant to this notice. amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES B. Discontinuation of Participation in Test The original notice was silent as to the discontinuation of participation in the test program. This notice announces that requests to discontinue participation in the test program should be submitted by email to FWS at lawenforcement@fws.gov, with the subject heading ‘‘Request to Discontinue Participation in the FWS Test.’’ This process ensures that any future entries submitted by an importer who wishes to discontinue participation will not be rejected by the business rules operating in the test due to missing Declaration data and accompanying documents. A copy of the request to discontinue should be sent to the participant’s CBP client representative, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade. The request should include the date the participant wishes to end the participation. C. Submission of Data and Documents in ACE Under the original test program, test participants were required to submit the Declaration data electronically to ACE when filing an entry, using the PGA Message Set, and the participants had to refrain from filing the Declaration data and accompanying documents in eDecs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Apr 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 This notice announces that CBP established a design that provides participants with different filing options when submitting data, disclaimers or documents in ACE. Participants do not need to notify CBP or FWS about which option they plan on using. Participants may use different filing options for different entries. (1) Option 1: Test participants will file FWS Form 3–177 data in ACE using the PGA Message Set and upload required FWS documents in DIS. This filing option replaces eDecs for those participants filing entries under the auspices of this test program. ACE will send the data and electronic documents to FWS for processing. (2) Option 2: Test participants will file FWS Form 3–177 and required documents directly with FWS. Under this option, test participants will either file the applicable eDecs confirmation number in the PGA Message Set (if FWS clearance was already received via eDecs) or use Disclaimer code ‘‘D’’ (‘‘data filed through paper’’) to file in the PGA Message Set (if FWS clearance was already received via paper). DIS will not be used under this option unless further information is requested by CBP or FWS to substantiate a disclaimer on a case-by-case basis. (3) Option 3: Test participants will file in the PGA Message Set using Disclaimer code ‘‘C’’ (‘‘data filed through other agency means’’) to indicate that they will follow up with FWS and file in eDecs at a later time. DIS will not be used under this option unless further information is requested by CBP or FWS to substantiate a disclaimer on a case-by-case basis. (4) Option 4: When a Harmonized Tariff code is flagged as ‘‘FW1’’, participants will file in the PGA Message Set using Disclaimer code ‘‘E’’ (‘‘product does not contain fish or wildlife, including live, dead, parts or products thereof, except as specifically exempted from declaration requirements under 50 CFR part 14’’) to disclaim the need to file FWS Form 3– 177 and required documents because the commodity does not contain fish or wildlife. However, if a commodity contains both FWS regulated and nonFWS regulated animal components, Disclaimer code ‘‘E’’ should be used in conjunction with one of the above options. D. Restrictions to Initial Participation in Test This test notice announces two restrictions to the initial participation in this reopened test program. Initially, participation will be restricted to certain FWS ports. FWS will notify participants PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the ports they may use to enter commodities under the test procedures. In addition, initial participation in the test program will exclude entries of live and perishable commodities. Once FWS determines that a participant has fully tested its software for filing entries in ACE, FWS will notify the participant of its eligibility to file for entries of live and perishable commodities. III. Waiver of Regulation Under the Test For purposes of this test, those provisions of 19 CFR parts 10 and 12 that are inconsistent with the terms of this test are waived for the test participants only. See 19 CFR 101.9(b). This document does not waive any recordkeeping requirements found in 19 CFR part 163 and the Appendix to part 163 (commonly known as the ‘‘(a)(1)(A) list’’). This test also does not waive any FWS requirements under 50 CFR part 14. IV. Test Participation and Selection Criteria To be eligible to apply for this test, the applicant must: (1) Be a self-filing importer who has the ability to file ACE entry/cargo release and ACE Entry Summaries certified for cargo release or a broker who has the ability to file ACE entry/ cargo release and ACE Entry Summaries certified for cargo release; (2) File Declarations and disclaimers for FWS-regulated commodities; and (3) Have an FWS eDecs filer account that contains the CBP filer code when filing under Option 1. Test participants must meet all the eligibility criteria described in this document in order to participate in the test program. V. Application Process As of April 23, 2018, FWS will accept applications throughout the duration of the test. FWS will notify the selected applicants by an email message of their selection and the starting date of their participation. Selected participants may have different starting dates. Anyone providing incomplete information, or otherwise not meeting participation requirements, will be notified by an email message and given the opportunity to resubmit the application. There is no limit on the number of participants. VI. Test Duration The modifications announced in this test will become operational on May 23, 2018. At the conclusion of the test pilot, an evaluation will be conducted to assess the effect that the PGA Message E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 78 / Monday, April 23, 2018 / Notices Set has on expediting the submission of FWS importation-related data elements and the processing of FWS-related entries. The final results of the evaluation will be published in the Federal Register as required by § 101.9(b)(2) of the CBP regulations (19 CFR 101.9(b)(2)). Any modifications to this test will be announced via a separate Federal Register notice. VII. Paperwork Reduction Act The collection of information contained in this FWS PGA Message Set test has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3507) and assigned OMB control number 1018–0012. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid control number assigned by OMB. Dated: April 17, 2018. Brenda B. Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade. [FR Doc. 2018–08381 Filed 4–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7001–N–12] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Land Survey Report for Insured Multifamily Projects (Form HUD–92457) Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: May 23, 2018. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inez C. Downs, Reports Management Officer, amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Apr 20, 2018 Jkt 244001 QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Inez.C.Downs@hud.gov, or telephone 202–402–8046. This is not a toll-free number. Person with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Downs. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on January 16, 2018 at 83 FR 2173. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Land Survey Report for Insured Multifamily Projects (Form HUD–92457). OMB Approved Number: 2502–0010. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection. Form Number: HUD–92457. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The information collected on Form HUD– 92457 ‘‘HUD Survey Instructions and Report for Insured Multifamily Projects’’, is necessary to secure a marketable title and title insurance for the property that provides security for project mortgage insurance furnished under FHA. The information is required to adequately describe the property to ensure compliance with various regulatory provisions, i.e., flood hazard requirements and the integrity of property lines and possible encroachments of property lines. Respondents (i.e., affected public): Profit motivated, non-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 200. Estimated Number of Responses: 400. Frequency of Response: 2. Average Hours per Response: 0.50. Total Estimated Burdens: 200. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17671 (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond: including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: April 6, 2018. Inez C. Downs, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–08416 Filed 4–20–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7001–N–13] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Budget-Based Rent Increases Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: May 23, 2018. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inez C. Downs, Reports Management Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Inez.C.Downs@hud.gov, or telephone 202–402–8046. This is not a toll-free number. Person with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 78 (Monday, April 23, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Customs and Border Protection


Modification of the National Customs Automation Program Test 
Regarding Submission of Import Data and Documents Required by U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service Through the Automated Commercial Environment

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

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP), in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service (FWS), is modifying and reopening the National Customs 
Automation Program (NCAP) test pertaining to the submission of certain 
import data and documents for commodities regulated by FWS (``FWS 
test'') through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The 
modifications in this notice apply to the participation and 
discontinuation of participation in the test, submission options for 
test participants, and restrictions to the initial participation in the 
test. Except to the extent expressly announced or modified by this 
document, all aspects, rules, terms and conditions announced in a 
previous notice regarding the FWS test remain in effect.

DATES: As of May 23, 2018, the modifications to the FWS test will 
become operational. This test will continue until concluded by way of 
announcement in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice and any aspect of this test 
may be submitted at any time during the test via email to Christopher 
Mabelitini, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection at (571) 468-5095 or 
[email protected], with a subject line identifier 
reading ``Comment on FWS Test FRN.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Partner Government Agency (PGA)-
related questions, contact Bill Scopa, Trade Policy and Programs, 
Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (202) 863-6554 
or [email protected]. For technical questions related to ACE 
or Automated Broker Interface (ABI) transmissions, contact your 
assigned client representative. Interested parties without an assigned 
client representative should direct their questions to Steven Zaccaro, 
Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection at (571) 358-7809 or [email protected] with the 
subject heading ``FWS Test.'' For FWS-related questions, contact 
Tamesha Woulard, Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service at (703) 358-1949 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

National Customs Automation Program Test

    The National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) was established by 
Subtitle B of Title VI--Customs Modernization in the North American 
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act (Customs Modernization 
Act) (Pub. L. 103-182, 107 Stat. 2057, 2170, December 8, 1993) (19 
U.S.C. 1411). Through NCAP, the thrust of customs modernization was on 
trade compliance and the development of the Automated Commercial 
Environment (ACE), the planned successor to the Automated Commercial 
System (ACS) as the electronic data interchange (EDI) system authorized 
by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). ACE is an automated and 
electronic system for commercial trade processing which is intended to 
streamline business processes, facilitate growth in trade, ensure cargo 
security, and foster participation in global commerce, while ensuring 
compliance with U.S. laws and regulations and reducing costs for CBP 
and all of its communities of interest. The ability to meet these 
objectives depends on successfully modernizing CBP's business functions 
and the information technology that supports those functions.
    CBP's modernization efforts are accomplished through phased 
releases of ACE component functionality designed to replace specific 
legacy ACS functions and add new functionality. Section 101.9(b) of 
title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 101.9(b)) provides 
for the testing of NCAP components. See T.D. 95-21, 60 FR 14211 (March 
16, 1995).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Partner Government Message Set 
(PGA) and Digital Image System (DIS) Test

    On May 5, 2016, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register (81 
FR 27149) announcing an NCAP test concerning the electronic submission 
of certain import data and documents for commodities regulated by FWS 
(``FWS test''). The test notice provided that test participants would 
electronically submit data contained in FWS's ``Declaration for 
Importation or Exportation of Fish and Wildlife'' (``Declaration'' or 
``FWS Form 3-177'') to ACE using the Partner Government Agency (PGA) 
Message Set, and any required original permits or certificates, and 
copies of any other documents required under the FWS regulations (see 
50 CFR part 14) to ACE via the Document Image System (DIS). Under the 
test, ACE replaced FWS's internet-based filing system (``eDecs'') used 
for the electronic submission of the Declaration and accompanying 
documents. After receipt in ACE, the data and electronic documents 
would be sent to FWS for processing. The test notice further stated 
that original ``Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species 
of Wild Fauna and Flora'' (``CITES'') permits and certificates, and 
foreign-law paper documents would continue to be submitted directly to 
the FWS office at the applicable port. There was a lack of 
participation, and on January 12, 2017, the FWS PGA Message Set test 
was suspended due to concerns raised by the industry regarding the 
design of the message set. See CSMS Message Set 17-000015.

II. Test Modifications

    This document announces the reopening of the FWS test with

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modifications. Each modification is discussed separately below. Except 
to the extent expressly announced or modified by this document, all 
aspects, rules, terms, requirements, obligations and conditions 
announced in the previous notice regarding the FWS test remain in 
effect.

A. Application for Participation in Test

    The original test notice announced that a party seeking to 
participate in the test program had to send an email to its CBP client 
representative, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade (formerly 
known as ACE Business Office, Office of International Trade). This 
notice announces that applications to participate in the test program 
should be submitted by email to FWS at [email protected], with the 
subject heading ``Request to Participate in the FWS Test.'' A copy of 
the application should be sent to the applicant's CBP client 
representative, Trade Transformation Office, Office of Trade. 
Applications must include the applicant's filer code, the commodities 
the applicant intends to import, and the intended ports of arrival. Any 
applicant to the original test notice who wishes to participate in the 
reopening of the test should apply again pursuant to this notice.

B. Discontinuation of Participation in Test

    The original notice was silent as to the discontinuation of 
participation in the test program. This notice announces that requests 
to discontinue participation in the test program should be submitted by 
email to FWS at [email protected], with the subject heading 
``Request to Discontinue Participation in the FWS Test.'' This process 
ensures that any future entries submitted by an importer who wishes to 
discontinue participation will not be rejected by the business rules 
operating in the test due to missing Declaration data and accompanying 
documents. A copy of the request to discontinue should be sent to the 
participant's CBP client representative, Trade Transformation Office, 
Office of Trade. The request should include the date the participant 
wishes to end the participation.

C. Submission of Data and Documents in ACE

    Under the original test program, test participants were required to 
submit the Declaration data electronically to ACE when filing an entry, 
using the PGA Message Set, and the participants had to refrain from 
filing the Declaration data and accompanying documents in eDecs. This 
notice announces that CBP established a design that provides 
participants with different filing options when submitting data, 
disclaimers or documents in ACE. Participants do not need to notify CBP 
or FWS about which option they plan on using. Participants may use 
different filing options for different entries.
    (1) Option 1: Test participants will file FWS Form 3-177 data in 
ACE using the PGA Message Set and upload required FWS documents in DIS. 
This filing option replaces eDecs for those participants filing entries 
under the auspices of this test program. ACE will send the data and 
electronic documents to FWS for processing.
    (2) Option 2: Test participants will file FWS Form 3-177 and 
required documents directly with FWS. Under this option, test 
participants will either file the applicable eDecs confirmation number 
in the PGA Message Set (if FWS clearance was already received via 
eDecs) or use Disclaimer code ``D'' (``data filed through paper'') to 
file in the PGA Message Set (if FWS clearance was already received via 
paper). DIS will not be used under this option unless further 
information is requested by CBP or FWS to substantiate a disclaimer on 
a case-by-case basis.
    (3) Option 3: Test participants will file in the PGA Message Set 
using Disclaimer code ``C'' (``data filed through other agency means'') 
to indicate that they will follow up with FWS and file in eDecs at a 
later time. DIS will not be used under this option unless further 
information is requested by CBP or FWS to substantiate a disclaimer on 
a case-by-case basis.
    (4) Option 4: When a Harmonized Tariff code is flagged as ``FW1'', 
participants will file in the PGA Message Set using Disclaimer code 
``E'' (``product does not contain fish or wildlife, including live, 
dead, parts or products thereof, except as specifically exempted from 
declaration requirements under 50 CFR part 14'') to disclaim the need 
to file FWS Form 3-177 and required documents because the commodity 
does not contain fish or wildlife. However, if a commodity contains 
both FWS regulated and non-FWS regulated animal components, Disclaimer 
code ``E'' should be used in conjunction with one of the above options.

D. Restrictions to Initial Participation in Test

    This test notice announces two restrictions to the initial 
participation in this reopened test program. Initially, participation 
will be restricted to certain FWS ports. FWS will notify participants 
of the ports they may use to enter commodities under the test 
procedures. In addition, initial participation in the test program will 
exclude entries of live and perishable commodities. Once FWS determines 
that a participant has fully tested its software for filing entries in 
ACE, FWS will notify the participant of its eligibility to file for 
entries of live and perishable commodities.

III. Waiver of Regulation Under the Test

    For purposes of this test, those provisions of 19 CFR parts 10 and 
12 that are inconsistent with the terms of this test are waived for the 
test participants only. See 19 CFR 101.9(b). This document does not 
waive any recordkeeping requirements found in 19 CFR part 163 and the 
Appendix to part 163 (commonly known as the ``(a)(1)(A) list''). This 
test also does not waive any FWS requirements under 50 CFR part 14.

IV. Test Participation and Selection Criteria

    To be eligible to apply for this test, the applicant must:
    (1) Be a self-filing importer who has the ability to file ACE 
entry/cargo release and ACE Entry Summaries certified for cargo release 
or a broker who has the ability to file ACE entry/cargo release and ACE 
Entry Summaries certified for cargo release;
    (2) File Declarations and disclaimers for FWS-regulated 
commodities; and
    (3) Have an FWS eDecs filer account that contains the CBP filer 
code when filing under Option 1.
    Test participants must meet all the eligibility criteria described 
in this document in order to participate in the test program.

V. Application Process

    As of April 23, 2018, FWS will accept applications throughout the 
duration of the test. FWS will notify the selected applicants by an 
email message of their selection and the starting date of their 
participation. Selected participants may have different starting dates. 
Anyone providing incomplete information, or otherwise not meeting 
participation requirements, will be notified by an email message and 
given the opportunity to resubmit the application. There is no limit on 
the number of participants.

VI. Test Duration

    The modifications announced in this test will become operational on 
May 23, 2018. At the conclusion of the test pilot, an evaluation will 
be conducted to assess the effect that the PGA Message

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Set has on expediting the submission of FWS importation-related data 
elements and the processing of FWS-related entries. The final results 
of the evaluation will be published in the Federal Register as required 
by Sec.  101.9(b)(2) of the CBP regulations (19 CFR 101.9(b)(2)). Any 
modifications to this test will be announced via a separate Federal 
Register notice.

VII. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The collection of information contained in this FWS PGA Message Set 
test has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 
accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. 3507) and assigned OMB control number 1018-0012. An agency may 
not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a 
collection of information unless it displays a valid control number 
assigned by OMB.

    Dated: April 17, 2018.
Brenda B. Smith,
Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade.
[FR Doc. 2018-08381 Filed 4-20-18; 8:45 am]
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