FDA Announces New ITACS for Importers to Check Status of Entries, Submit Documents
March 19, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration is announcing the Import Trade Auxiliary Communication System (ITACS) for use by the import trade community to improve communication with FDA. ITACS provides the import trade community with three functions: (1) the ability to check on the status of an entry, (2) the ability to submit entry documentation electronically, and (3) the ability to submit goods availability information for targeted shipments electronically.
Trade benefits include the ability to receive more detailed entry statuses than what is currently transmitted to filers via the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Broker Interface (ABI), reducing the need for phone calls inquiring about the status of entries, eliminating the need to mail or fax entry documentation and goods availability to FDA as well as problems with lost documents.
The availability of goods for examination should not be submitted through ITACS until the shipment has been unloaded and is physically present for FDA staff to examine. ITACS may be used by filers and importers with a current web browser and a valid CBP entry number.
A presentation giving an overview of ITACS and how to use it is available here.
ITACS may be accessed at https://itacs.fda.gov.
Source: CSMS #12-000089, dated 03/16/12
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