Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is cautioning import filers against submitting incomplete or incorrect data for licenses, permits, certificates, and other documents in the PG13 and PG14 lines of the APHIS core message set. LPCOs can include licenses, permits, sanitary certificates, phytosanitary certificates, certificates of origin, health certificates, and required manufacturer statements.

Importers of APHIS-regulated goods use the APHIS core message set to report their trade-related import data, which federal inspectors use to inspect and clear commodity shipments entering the U.S. APHIS states that the submission of appropriate LPCO data helps inspectors’ efforts, supports validation by the Automated Commercial Environment, and provides efficient cargo clearance.

APHIS also notes that LPCOs in the PG13 and PG14 record lines are repeatable when multiple documents apply to a PGA message set line.

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