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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Information for Importers...

  1. Contact your broker to determine if they have the APHIS Core Message Set and can file APHIS-required import data through ACE. CBP works with 47 partner government agencies, all with unique needs, so it is important to verify that your broker has the APHIS Core Message Set and can file APHIS-specific import data in ACE. Please note that there is a separate message set for filing Lacey Act declarations.
  2. If your broker does not have the APHIS Core Message Set, they will need to work with an ACE-approved software developer to obtain the appropriate software.
  3. You will need to provide your broker with all the required documentation for each shipment so they can file the relevant information through ACE.
  4. If you have questions about APHIS import requirements, go to APHIS’ import/export web page.
  5. If your broker has technical questions about filing APHIS data in ACE, email the APHIS ACE team at

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