The FDA believe it is imperative that filers and brokers begin using ACE and participate in the pilot. For that reason FDA has made changes to the pilot process which will make it simpler and easier to begin participating in the pilot. This change went into effect on December 9, 2015.
The FDA has removed the requirement of completing and submitting the data element template as a condition of participating in the pilot. Nonetheless, FDA will provide a template to help trade on the data elements needed to facilitate the entry filed. There is no need to have this data pre-validated by FDA, but if requested, FDA will provide guidance and support to trade to answer any questions.
Questions related to these changes, can be submitted to FDA’s Division of Import Operations at FDAImportsInquiry@fda.hhs.gov or to the Division of Compliance Systems at ACE_Support @FDA.HHS.GOV.
Important Dates February 28, 2016: The CBP’s Automated Commercial System (ACS) will not be available. Beginning March 1, 2016: All FDA cargo release information will need to be filed through ACE.
To read the CBP CSMS please follow this link: CSMS #15-000918