USDA to Host Webinar on the Use of the International Trade Data System When Importing Specialty Crops

June 01, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host an online webinar on June 16, 2020, from 1 to 3 p.m. ET to highlight new procedures for submitting documents required for importing specialty crops into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will also participate. The trade community is highly encouraged to participate.

Interested parties can join the webinar online at or by phone at (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666. AMS will post a recording of the webinar to its website following the live event.

Information in the webinar will include the history of the government-wide International Trade Data System (ITDS) initiative and the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) into which importers will be required to load documents necessary for bringing products into the United States beginning Sept. 2, 2020.

Topics will also cover the connectivity between AMS’ Compliance Enforcement Management System, which enables AMS to schedule grading and certification services and track the handling and disposition of loads for compliance purposes and CBP’s ACE. A question-and-answer session will follow the webinar.

More information about AMS grading and certification services for imports is available on the AMS Section 8e & Imports webpage. ITDS is statutorily authorized by section 405 of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006, Public Law 109-347.

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