On June 15, 2016, the Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Marine Conservation (OES/OMC) published in the Federal Register a notice [Public Notice: 9603] that announces a pilot test of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) involving the electronic submission of forms and/or data related to importations of shrimp and shrimp products using the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set and Document Image System (DIS) components of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and OES/OMC have developed a pilot plan to test and assess the electronic transmission of import data for shrimp and shrimp products. The pilot test will involve using ACE, the OMC PGA Message Set, the DIS and the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) to transmit the data required for admissibility determinations for entries of shrimp and product of shrimp. ABI is the electronic data interchange that enables participants to file electronically required import data with CBP and transfers that data into ACE. Initially, under this test, OMC PGA Message Set data may be submitted only for formal and informal consumption entries (entry types 01 and 11), filed at certain ports.

The test will commence after July 25, 2016, and will continue until concluded by publication of a notice in the Federal Register ending the test. Participants should consult the PGA Integration on the CBP Web site for additional information regarding pilot status. Comments will be accepted through the duration of the test.