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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).

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.

Chapters: Drafts for Future Capabilities

Draft ChaptersPublished dateAvailable in CertificationEst. Date Available in Production
ACH Debit Authorization Entry Summary09/19/19NowTBD
AE CATAIR09/25/19AvailableOctober 18, 2019
Automated Surety Interface: Daily Surety Billing Download10/28/16TBDTBD
Cargo Release07/23/19July 15, 2019July 15, 2019July 15, 2019July 15, 2019August 20, 2019September 21, 2019
Cargo Release, Manifest, and Entry Release Query09/13/19October 23, 2019TBD
CATAIR Appendix P08/12/19September 11, 2019September 25, 2019
Harmonized Tariff ScheduleHarmonized Tariff ScheduleHarmonized Tariff ScheduleHarmonized Tariff Schedule01/03/17AvailableTBD

PGA Message Set Documents

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:

Supporting Documentation:

Implementation Guidelines:  Ready for Coding




Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

AMS CATAIR Guidelines

September 2016

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)APHIS ACE PGA Message Set Implementation Guide (CORE)4.8.5
 Lacey Act Declaration ACE Guidance3.2
 Lacey Act Declaration ACE Samples 3.2


Supplemental Guidance for ACE



Implementation Guide


DEAImplementation Guide2.6

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Supplemental CATAIR Guidelines


Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)Implementation Guide 
PGA Message Set SamplesTemporarily Unavailable

Food and Drug Administration

Supplemental Guide


PGA Message Set Samples2.5.1

National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA)

PGA Message Set Manual


National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

PGA Message Set Guidelines

August 2016

Implementation Guide for Seafood Import Monitoring ProgramJuly 2017
Office of Marine Conservation (OMC)Implementation Guide2.1

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

Filing Instructions


Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)

PGA Message Set


Implementation Guidelines:  In Development 




Consumer Product Safety Commission


CPSC e-Filing Alpha Pilot Implementation Guide


Please Note: The Alpha Pilot has concluded.  A new Implementation Guide will be uploaded once the Beta Pilot begins.

Last modified: 
September 30, 2019