Archives August 2017

ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade

Last update on Sept. 1, 2017.

ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade

The following has been posted on FDA’s ITACS for Industry web page, distributed to trade via CSMS# 17-000506 - ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade ,
and forwarded to FDA’s national import trade group contacts.

Please feel free to distribute to Filers, Importers, and Consignees within your local import trade community. Thanks! -Malinda

ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade

FDA is planning to release its new ITACS Account Management functionality on Monday September 18, 2017.

FDA is providing trade outreach via WebEx on Tuesday September 5, 2017, Thursday September 7, 2017 and Monday September 11, 2017 to ensure that trade ...

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New ACE Programming Update

Last update on Aug. 24, 2017.

New ACE Programming Update

CSMS #17-000511

Title: Info Notice for September Capabilities and New Date for December Statements Deployment
Date: 8/23/2017 12:15:03 PM
To: Automated Broker Interface, ACE Portal Accounts, ACE Reports, New ACE Programming, Trade Policy Updates
Details regarding the September 16, 2017 deployment of Non-ABI Entry Summary/Lineless (for CBP
only), Duty Deferral, e214 (electronic Foreign Trade Zone admission) and Manufacturer ID Creation on September 16, 2017 has also been posted and can be found in the Deployment G2 Information Notice located under the news section at or by copying the following link into ...

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CFSAN Constituent Update

Last update on Aug. 23, 2017.

CFSAN Constituent Update

August 22, 2017

To help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities.

The Food Safety Plan Builder (FSPB) is a free software application, developed by FDA, that businesses can download from the FDA’s website to guide them, step-by-step, through the creation of a food safety plan, as required by FSMA.

The user is taken through a series ...

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FTZ Testing Extension

Last update on Aug. 17, 2017.

FTZ Testing Extension

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Extension and Clarification of Test Program Regarding Electronic Foreign Trade Zone Admission Applications
and Transition of Test from the Automated Commercial System to the Automated Commercial Environment
AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.
ACTION: General notice.
SUMMARY: This document announces U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) plan to extend a test program for submitting electronic Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) admission applications to CBP via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). This notice further announces a clarification regarding the data elements that are required ...

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David Pekoske sworn in as 7th TSA Administrator

Last update on Sept. 7, 2017.

David Pekoske sworn in as 7th TSA Administrator

WASHINGTON – Today, David Pekoske was officially sworn in as the seventh administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke welcomed Administrator Pekoske, who took the oath in a ceremony held at Department of Homeland Security Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Pekoske was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 3, 2017, following his nomination by President Donald J. Trump. He now leads a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees, the security operations at nearly 450 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass ...

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Colombia strikes deal for U.S. avocado market access

Last update on Aug. 14, 2017.

Colombia strikes deal for U.S. avocado market access

Update: The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made a posting on the Federal Register about the issue, and the final rule is expected to be published on August 15. 
While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Colombia has mostly been focused on addressing the crisis gripping Venezuela, the trip has also brought some positive news for the country’s agricultural sector.
In an announcement today from the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena de Indias, Pence told reporters Colombian Hass avocados would finally be granted access to the U.S. market. 

Colombian President ...

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New System Speeds FDA Import Decisions

Last update on Aug. 2, 2017.

New System Speeds FDA Import Decisions

The data is in. A new automated system for determining whether FDA-regulated products can enter the United States is allowing us to make decisions faster and more efficiently.
Quick admissibility decisions are critical to commerce, especially when perishable products are involved. The new system brings better response times while still protecting consumers.
FDA has used an automated system to assist in making decisions about the admissibility of FDA-regulated products since the early 1990s. In 2015, FDA began piloting a new system, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). It features modernized infrastructure that can more quickly process larger amounts of data.
Part ...

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Controversial "BAT" Proposal Dropped

Last update on Sept. 7, 2017.

Controversial "BAT" Proposal Dropped

House Republican leaders have thrown in the towel on the controversial Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) - a key feature of the tax reform proposal offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) last year, which would have had the effect of taxing imports by as much as 20 percent. The announcement came in a joint statement from Congressional Republican leaders and the Administration, outlining the broad policy objectives of the tax reform proposal they will seek to move in the fall.

The goal of BAT was to remove incentives in the current tax code, which encourage U.S. companies to move production ...

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This Week's ACE Tips

Last update on Aug. 1, 2017.

This Week's ACE Tips

• Updated Partner Government Agency (PGA) Documentation Now Available - CBP has recently posted the updated the Entry Types by PGA document on The updated document lists all the entry types, PGAs and Yes or No flags indicating whether or not PGA data is required to make entry.
• ACE Portal Tip: Missing Entry Summary Transactions in Account Management Reports - When running an Account Management (AM) Report, it is very important for users to define the "Include Entries with no Entry Date (No/Yes)" prompt to "Yes." If the default value of "No" is selected, Account Management Reports will exclude entry ...

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Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect

Last update on Aug. 1, 2017.

Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect

Amazon’s move to buy Whole Foods may have convinced investors that the online food market is the next Eldorado, but entrants face a number of issues that could spoil the feast for them.
Projections for the online food business are decidedly frothy. According to one estimate, by the year 2025, 20% of food will be ordered online and 70% of consumers will order some food over the web.
Chronofresh, a subsidiary of La Poste, established two years ago, certainly sees an opening.
After a regional pilot programme, it launched a new service in July to deliver fresh meat, cheese ...

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