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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.

Draft Chapters Published date Available in Certification Est. Date Available in Production
Automated Clearing House Payment Authorization / Entry Summary Presentation 07/27/16 N/A TBD
Entry Summary Query CEE ID 11/5/18 TBD 02/9/19
Automated Surety Interface: Daily Surety Billing Download 10/28/16 TBD TBD
Cargo Release 11/01/18 TBD TBD
Cargo Release, Manifest, and Entry Release Query 11/27/18 01/23/19 TBD
Harmonized Tariff Schedule 01/03/17 Available TBD
Importer/Consignee Create/Update 10/24/18 12/2018 02/2019
Importer/Bond Query CATAIR 11/16/18 01/2018 02/2019


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 Guidance 3.1
  Lacey Act Declaration ACE Samples 3.1


Supplemental Guidance for ACE



Implementation Guide


DEA Implementation Guide 2.6

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Supplemental CATAIR Guidelines


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

Food and Drug Administration

Supplemental Guide


PGA Message Set Samples 2.5.1

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 Program July 2017
Office of Marine Conservation (OMC) Implementation Guide 2.1

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: 
December 10, 2018