The mission of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) is to establish a "single-window" electronic system between the U.S. Government and the trade community. ITDS will not be a separate computer system, but a suite of functions to support federal agencies with import and export security, regulation, and/or analysis as they prepare for, integrate their business requirements into, deploy and sustain U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
ITDS aims to:
- Reduce the cost and burden of processing international trade transactions for both the private trade community and the government;
- Provide the trade community with a standard data set and single system for import, export, and in-transit for goods and transportation (conveyance and crew);
- Improve compliance (e.g., public health, safety, export control, etc.) with government trade requirements; and
- Provide users with access to more accurate, thorough and timely international trade data.
ITDS will use standard, commercial-level data transmitted electronically to the ITDS environment and distributed to partner government agencies. This will improve border security because the current lack of an easily retrievable electronic commercial level description of the merchandise and the unnecessary duplication of border management data collection hinders the enforcement community from its mission. Additionally, the elimination of paper filings, duplicate electronic submissions of information, and centralized processing of these forms by CBP will yield significant cost-avoidance to each Partner Government Agency (PGA).