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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. 

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