Learn More About Partner Government Agencies and Alphabet Agencies
If you are regularly importing goods into the United States, you might be familiar with the CBP – officially known as the US Customs and Border Protection agency. They are a United States Government law enforcement agency, whose main goal is to protect and maintain the integrity of our national borders.
When it comes to shipping merchandise in and out of the country, CBP has a number of rules and regulations that must be followed in order to avoid penalties such as fines or prosecution.
Naturally, due to the vast diversity of goods entering the country, they have to work in conjunction with other government agencies to carefully establish and monitor the specific rules pertaining to things like perishable items, dangerous materials, and other consumer goods such as clothing and apparel.
These organizations are also known as Partner Government Agencies, or PGAs. Some of these are part of the Alphabet Agencies set up by President Roosevelt’s administration, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These different PGAs make up what is known as the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC).
Familiarize Yourself With Some of the PGAs
If you do any sort of freight forwarding, import/export, or international logistics, it is likely that you will come across a number of these agencies throughout your career. Each agency has its own import/export guide to help you stay on top of the various regulations to be followed.
US Department Agencies
These are the primary government agencies that you will come across whenever importing or exporting merchandise, goods, and products in and out of the United States:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) covers everything relating to agriculture, including farming and plants.
- U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) handles everything that relates to currency, including economic growth and welfare in our country.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for maintaining the welfare and wellbeing of our citizens.
- U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) is in charge of preserving our nation’s natural resources as well as cultural heritage.
- U.S. Department of Treasury (DoT) holds the responsibility of managing and maintaining the U.S. financial systems and resources.
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), as the name suggests, is responsible for all forms of transportation throughout the country, including freight trucks.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protects the environment and ensure our citizens have access to clean air, land, and water.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an agency that is tasked with the responsibility of protecting American citizens from any unnecessary dangers associated with the various products they consume.
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in charge of regulating all international communication on all platforms, including radio, TV, wire, satellite, and cable.
All of these various organizations have a hand in safeguarding our borders and ensuring that nothing enters the country that hasn’t been properly vetted, registered, approved, documented, and packaged as per BIEC standards.
Improve Efficiency and Avoid Penalties
Feeling like you’re swimming in a giant bowl of alphabet soup? Keeping up with all these acronyms can be enough to make your head spin! Don’t worry, we are here to help. Promptus LLC has a number of qualified, Licensed Customs Brokers available to help with all your PGA, BIEC, and CBP needs! Contact us today at 1-877-776-6799 to get a quote for our services.