USDA Warns Importers on Incomplete or Incorrect Import Data

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Trade Update • July 12, 2022

he Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has warned importers of submitting incorrect or incomplete data pertaining to Licenses, Permits, Certificates or Other (LPCO) — specifically in the PG13 and PG14 lines of the APHIS core message set.

Import Data

Importers of APHIS-regulated goods use the APHIS core message set to report their trade-related import data. Federal inspectors then use this data to inspect and clear shipments entering the United States.


The PG13 line record focuses on reporting the country that issued the LPCO while PG14 data elements are LPCO Type, LPCO Number, and LPCO Quantity. The submission of complete and correct LPCO data helps inspectors’ efforts, supports validation by the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), and provides efficient shipment clearance.

ePermits and eFile

APHIS has successfully integrated ACE with ePermits and eFile (the agency’s permitting systems). This integration allows ACE to automatically match permit data reported in PG13/14 record lines with official permit records from ePermits and eFile.


The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act, and managing wildlife damage.

Our Global Trade Services Team can assist your company with a preliminary review or a complete internal audit. Additionally, our Trade Specialists can provide you with professional guidance to help improve your overall trade compliance profile with the CBSA.

For questions about animal and plant import requirements, import/product applicability and impact, please contact us.


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