The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched enhanced messaging to importers/brokers who apply for import reinspection electronically using the FSIS partner government agency message set. FSIS regulates imports of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Known as “event messaging,” the automated communication between FSIS’ Public Health Information System and applicants (importers/brokers) via the Automated Commercial Environment delivers timely status updates on applicants’ shipments. For example, the messaging indicates if the shipment has been released (“may proceed/released”), is being held for sampling (“lab results pending”), or has not been presented to FSIS for reinspection (“failure to present”); if all or part of the shipment has failed reinspection (“refused” or “partial release and refused”); or if a refused shipment has been brought into compliance (“refusal satisfied”).

FSIS notes that approximately 57 customs brokers are filing FSIS import application data  electronically and approximately 40 percent of import applications were filed through ACE in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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