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Importers wanted for the test of the electronic filing of the data of the certificate of conformity

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is still seeking importers to participate in a second test to assess the electronic filing of certificates of compliance data for regulated consumer products under CPSC jurisdiction. The CPSC says importers who participate in this test and provide accurate information will be less likely to have their shipments stopped at U.S. ports for examination.

The beta test follows an alpha test conducted in 2016 that examined the trade community’s ability to use a product registry and submit certificate data through the automated brokerage interface, customs and protection capability. of US borders to collect and transfer PGA message set data to CPSC, and CPSC’s ability to receive this data into its risk assessment methodology tool. CPSC said the alpha test successfully demonstrated the ability of eight importers, their customs brokers, CBP and CPSC to work together to electronically collect and archive import data.

The beta test will build on the alpha test by (1) developing and testing the IT infrastructure needed to support a large-scale electronic filing requirement, (2) advancing the concept of a single window to facilitate the electronic collection, processing and sharing, and review of trade data and documents required by CPSC during the cargo import process, and (3) assessment of CPSC and importer capabilities for electronic filing of certificate data elements through the PGA message set and integration of these data elements into the Risk Assessment Methodology Tool to assess risk and prohibit non-compliant products. Compared to the alpha test, the beta test will include more participants (up to 50), add two data elements, and involve products classified under approximately 300 HTSUS numbers.

The CPSC will consider applications to participate in the beta test until it reaches its capacity of 50 importers. The results of the test, which CPSC plans to conduct for at least six months, will be used to inform rulemaking and to develop, test and implement electronic certificate filing processes and procedures.

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