Understanding Partnered Government Agency (PGA) Fees
A Partnered Government Agency (PGA) regulates specific imports on behalf of the United States federal government. Different items fall under different PGAs. Examples include:
- Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS)
Any item that falls under a PGA regulation will most likely need specific permits and documentation to complete a shipment, which can be found in the PGA import guides.
Since PGA requirements are specific to products, it is not a standard customs clearance procedure. If a product needs to be cleared by a PGA, additional fees may be charged by customs brokers to ensure products are up to PGA standards.