When a weekly FTZ entry is subject to a PGA release, US Customs originally intended that requisite declarations be made on the weekly estimate (Cargo Release (SE)). However, as many in the trade know, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the APHIS-Lacey declarations require actual amounts to be declared versus estimates.
Therefore, with the launch of ACE, CBP and these PGAs have determined that these declarations should be made on the Entry Summary (AE) submissions which are transmitted at the end of the weekly withdrawals, and the actual quantities entering the commerce are known.
ABI vendors have been instructed to make this change to their software and CBP intends to have this functionality in place by January 15, 2016.
The FDA is also considering this policy and should make a determination shortly.
For non-weekly FTZ entries, these declarations will continue to be required on the type ‘06’ Cargo Release transmission.