On June 3, 2016, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce, published in the Federal Register a notice announcing, in consultation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a test of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) involving the electronic submission of forms and/or data, related to exportation of fish products regulated by NMFS, using the export Partner Government Agency (PGA) data set of the Automated Export System (AES) Trade Interface Requirements, AES Direct via the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Web Portal (Portal) and the Document Image System (DIS). CBP and NMFS have developed a plan to test and assess the electronic transmission of export and re-export data for tunas, swordfish and toothfish.

The test will involve using the above referenced methods to transmit the data required for processing exports or reexports of tunas, swordfish and toothfish. Under this test, data may be submitted for the covered fish products exported from any operational port.

The test will commence after June 1, 2016, and will continue until concluded by publication of a notice in the Federal Register ending the test. Participants should consult the CBP Web site here to determine which ports are operational for the test and the date that they become operational: (see the PGA Integration tab). Comments on the submission and processing of export data will be accepted throughout the duration of the test.