On March 30, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket No. FDA-2017-N-0011] amending the prior notice of imported food regulations to reflect a change in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) electronic data interchange system and its expanded capabilities, to correct inaccurate number designations in section headings, and to reflect a change in an office’s name. This action is ministerial or editorial in nature.

The FDA is amending the prior notice regulations to reflect the change of the CBP electronic data interchange system from “Automated Broker Interface/Automated Commercial System (ABI/ACS)” or “Automated Broker Interface of the Automated Commercial System (ABI/ACS)” to “Automated Broker Interface/Automated Commercial Environment/International Trade Data System (ABI/ACE/ITDS).” There is no change in the FDA Prior Notice System Interface (FDA PNSI).

FDA regulations required submission through the FDA PNSI system (rather than the CBP system because ACS could not accommodate such transactions) for articles that have been refused entry, tracking numbers in lieu of certain information, and express consignment shipment tracking numbers. The FDA is revising the regulations to remove these limitations because the new ACE system can accommodate such transactions. In addition, the “FDA Prior Notice Center” is now named the “FDA Division of Food Defense Targeting.”

The rule was effective on publication.