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USDA Urges Importers to Report APHIS-Regulated Goods Valued Under $800

Posted October 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reminding importers that products which it regulates must meet admissibility requirements irrespective of value.

What do Importers and Brokers Need to Know?

Among other things, APHIS ensures that all imported agricultural products shipped to the U.S. from abroad meet the government’s entry requirements to exclude economically harmful pests and diseases.

  • Importers and brokers now have the option of using Entry Type 86 when filing Section 321 low-valued shipments in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Section 321 is a type of informal entry designed to speed up the clearance of low value shipments, specifically those valued at $800 or less.
  • It should be noted that failure to submit the required APHIS-related paperwork or data could result in unexpected costs, delays and shipments being held at the port of entry or refused altogether.

Need More Information?

Should you have questions about APHIS import requirements, please refer to  APHIS’ Import/Export web page, or if you want to confirm whether your products are covered by this requirement, don’t hesitate to contact us – our trade experts are here to help.


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