International Trade Data System (ITDS)

International Trade Data System (ITDS)

On February 19, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order streamlining the import and export process for America's businesses.  Implementation of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) is underway now.  Upon full implementation, ITDS, through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), will allow businesses to electronically submit the data required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) to import or export cargo through a "Single Window" concept. 

** Updated ACE Transition Timeline**  

APHIS Announces End Date for Automated Commercial Environment Pilot Testing (July 2016)

Message from Associate Administrator Mike Gregoire on the Importance of ACE Readiness (June 2016)

APHIS Webinars on ACE Planning
APHIS recently recorded a series of Webinars to assist stakeholders transitioning to ACE.  *Please note audio presentation files may take a moment to download.

August 2016

December 9, 2015


APHIS Pilot Projects


APHIS’ Implementation Guidelines (PGA Message Sets)


For the complete set of requirements for all government agencies, please visit the ACE Automated Broker Interface (ABI) and CBP and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR) | U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


APHIS Point of Contact

For more information about ITDS, please email ace.itds@aphis.usda.gov


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