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CBP Announces Harmonized Data Set for Automated Commercial Environment

Release Date: 
June 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the final Participating Government Agencies Message Set for the Automated Commercial Environment, or ACE. The PGA Message Set is a harmonized set of information needed by federal agencies to approve imports of cargo. CBP enforces import laws for close to 50 government agencies.

"The PGA Message Set will expedite legitimate trade by providing a single window through which the trade community can efficiently supply required data electronically through the Automated Commercial Environment," said Cindy Allen, executive director of the ACE Business Office.

CBP anticipates completing the technology build that will enable the collection of the PGA Message Set in late 2011. PGA data is currently submitted through manual paper forms, which is more labor-intensive and results in additional processing costs. Once incorporated into the ACE Cargo Release module, the PGA Message Set will extend the electronic record data set that is currently provided to CBP to allow trade systems to submit PGA data electronically to CBP along with current required information.

Additional work to reform policies, processes and regulatory changes is ongoing to streamline data submission and allow for a paperless system when ACE Cargo Release capabilities begin deploying in 2012.

For more information, go to and enter "ACE" in the search box.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021