September 2 Is the Deadline for Mandatory ACE Filing for AMS-regulated ProduceAre You Ready?


Section 8e of the Agriculture Marketing Agreement Act applies to specific fruit, vegetable and specialty crop imports into the US. Generally, the law requires imported products to meet the same or comparable grade, size, quality and maturity standards as domestic products covered by federal marketing orders. The Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) is responsible for enforcing these requirements.


ACE filing for AMS Section 8e data has been available for several years, but beginning September 2, ACE filing will be mandatory for AMS Section 8e data.


The AMS filing requirements apply to the following imported produce:


Section 8e


  • Avocados
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes
  • Table Grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Pistachios
  • Dates (other than for processing)
  • Hazelnuts
  • Olives (other than Spanish-style green olives)
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts


You can learn all the details about the new mandatory electronic filing requirements by viewing this AMS webinar.


Other information can be found here.


The NCBFAA Regulatory Agencies Committee (RAC) wants to hear from you about your experience with the AMS electronic filing. What are the challenges? What is going well? Please share your perspective by emailing us at

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