Last month, data validations related to enforcement of the Lacey Act by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service were deployed to Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment.
The new code validates data provided in the PGA Message Set for the genus, species, and sub-species data elements and is intended to catch common misspellings and mis-categorizations of data.
Since then, however, importers have been receiving erroneous rejections for the above-noted elements in the PG05 data set for the Lacey Act. CBP says it is aware of the problem and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is “diligently working to correct this issue.”
As a workaround in the meantime, USDA APHIS suggests adding the letter “Z” to the end of the genus and species name and then resending the data.