Announcement of Test Program Regarding Electronic Foreign Trade Zone Admission Applications
This notice announces the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) plan to conduct a voluntary test program to allow the submission of electronic Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) admission applications. Pursuant to the terms of the test, an application for FTZ admission (CBP Form 214``FTZ Admission and/or Status Designation'') may be filed electronically with CBP via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). Parties not participating in the test may continue to file the CBP Form 214 in a paper format pursuant to existing FTZ procedures. The test program is limited to electronic FTZ admission applications for merchandise reported to CBP via air, sea, and rail manifest. CBP intends to implement a future phase of this test that will allow electronic FTZ admission applications for merchandise reported to CBP via truck manifest as soon as a CBP-approved electronic data interchange system exists for these transmissions. This notice informs interested members of the public of the eligibility and procedural requirements for participation in the test, outlines the evaluation methodology to be used, and invites public comment concerning any aspect of the planned prototype test.