The purpose of the ATF Import Working Group is to solicit stakeholder input regarding the data elements that ATF intends to require to be submitted through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) filing system, as well as the technical requirements to use ACE. The working group will primarily focus on the information technology issues associated with implementing ACE. The working group will consist of members of the international trade community that import ATF-regulated commodities, software development companies, and representatives from ATF and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that are working on the ACE project.
Participation in ACE implements the electronic submission of ATF-required import data for cargo admissibility processing through the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). The trade's involvement is needed to ensure that ACE will provide for the efficient and timely clearance of cargo, while maintaining compliance with ATF regulations.
The task of this working group is to assure that all technical and data requirements are transitioned to ACE in a seamless and timely manner, and that data collected in ACE assists ATF to perform its responsibilities relative to the permanent import of defense articles into the United States. Furthermore, coordinated and automated messaging among CBP, ATF, and the trade must be developed to provide a streamlined entry process.
To participate in the ATF ACE/ITDS Working Group please send your contact information to all four representatives listed below: William.Majors at firstname.lastname@example.org Desiree Dickinson at email@example.com Lee Alston-Williams at Lee.firstname.lastname@example.org Frank Korpusik at email@example.com
To read the entries CBP CSMS please follow this link: CBP CSMS #15-000255