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ACE Automated Broker Interface (ABI) and CBP and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR)

These documents contain the technical requirements for transmitting automated data to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI).

To download all ACE ABI CATAIR chapters in zip file format:

Getting Started

These documents from the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Automated Broker Interface (ABI) CATAIR provides information for prospective ABI filers to initiate the process to file data electronically with ACE either as a new ACE ABI filer or as an ABI filer transitioning from the Automated Commercial System (ACS) to ACE.

PGA Message Set

This section contains the ACE ABI PGA Message Set CATAIR Chapter. It also includes the supplemental guidelines for the Partner Government Agencies. These documents are revised as needed.

Chapters and Appendices:

Implementation Guidelines:  Ready for Coding

Supporting Documentation:

ACE/ITDS Summary of Standard Operating Procedures for PGA Pilots





Posting Date

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

AMS CATAIR Guidelines


September 22, 2015

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) ACE PGA Message Set Adapted Data Element Record Layout (CORE) 4.6 August 28, 2015
  Lacey Act Declaration ACE Guidance 2.9.3 October 6, 2015
  Lacey Act Declaration ACE Samples 2.9.3 October 6, 2015


Supplemental Guidance for ACE


September 16, 2015


Implementation Guide


May 5, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Supplemental CATAIR Guidelines


May 15, 2015

PGA Message Set Samples


May 13, 2015

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Implementation Guide and Reference Tables -- August 17, 2015

Food and Drug Administration

Supplemental Guide


August 18, 2015

National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA)

PGA Message Set Manual


July 23, 2015

National marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

PGA Message Set Guidelines


June 15, 2015

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

Filing Instructions


September 21, 2015

Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)

PGA Message Set


March 9, 2015

Draft ACE ABI CATAIR Chapters for the Future Deployment of Statement Processing in ACE 

Draft ACE ABI CATAIR Chapters for Future Deployment of ACE Capabilities for Processing Additional Entry Types

Draft ACE ABI CATAIR Chapters for Future Deployment of ACE Quota Query

Draft ACE ABI CATAIR Chapters for the Future Deployment of ACE Capabilities for Processing PGA Prior Notice Standalone Data