Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced a two-stage enforcement of the APHIS core message set requirement to allow trade community members time to adjust to the new data requirements.

Beginning Jan. 25 importers, brokers, and filers will have to submit an APHIS core message set in the Automated Commercial Environment when they file entries for APHIS-regulated plants, plant products, animal products, or live dogs (but not other live animal imports). APHIS will apply HTSUS flags to alert those using ACE to submit electronic customs entries as to whether APHIS import data is or may be required for specified goods. When such a flag is received, importers or brokers using ACE will have to enter the required data to complete their entry in the system.

APHIS now states that between Jan. 25 and March 14 it will maintain “warning”-level flagging. Beginning March 15 APHIS will use “reject” severity flagging.

More details on the APHIS core message set can be found here.

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