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U.S. test program, foreign trade zone electronic admission applications

U.S. test program, FTZ electronic admission

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released for publication in the Federal Register a general notice announcing the extension of a test program for submitting electronic foreign trade zone (FTZ) admission applications to CBP via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI).


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The test has been running continuously since March 26, 2007. CBP is extending the test until a decision is reached to implement the program on a permanent basis and/or to conclude the test.

CBP’s general notice [PDF 189 KB] also announces:

  • A clarification regarding the data elements required for the submission of an FTZ admission application
  • Transition of the test program from the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

Beginning September 16, 2017, all test participants must file electronic FTZ admission applications in ACE (ACS having been decommissioned for electronic filing). All other filers are to continue to submit FTZ admission applications to CBP on paper.

Data elements clarified

The list of data elements required for the electronic FTZ admission application must include the “Zone ID.” Today’s general notice also reminds test participants that they must provide the data elements “Steel Import License Number” and “Kimberley Process Certificate Number” to CBP, as applicable, when filing an electronic FTZ admission application.


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 | dzuvich@kpmg.com

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 | asiciliano@kpmg.com

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