U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a few tips to help the Trade when filing an EPA ODS in ACE.
In 1987, in an effort to help protect and restore the ozone layer, the United States joined other countries in signing the Montreal Protocol. This treaty phased out the production and consumption of certain Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The U.S. currently regulates ODS under Title VI of the Clean Air Act and imports and exports of ODS must be reported to the EPA on a quarterly or annual basis.
When filing, you’ll first need to determine whether you need to file ODS. You may do this by contacting Katherine Sleasman at the EPA by phone, (202) 564-7716, or by email.
Filing for Ozone-Depleting Substances
  1. File electronically by typing into screens in your software and transmitting (what is referred to as the PGA Message Set). No mailing is required.
  2. File if you are using one of the listed tariffs codes flagged for EP1.
  3. If you filed correctly using one of the listed tariff codes, you will receive a ‘may proceed.’ If you received an “under review”, you may have chosen the wrong program code.
Tips for Filing the PGA Message Set
For questions on how to file, please refer to your software provider’s training and guidance. In addition, please make sure you are using the correct Government Program Agency Code for EPA: ODS.

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