U.S. Food Imports to Require Identification of FSVP Importer

Date: April 11, 2017
Subject: U.S. Food Imports to Require Identification of FSVP Importer
As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) designed to help ensure the safety of imported food products.

Effective May 30, 2017, imports of food products must indicate who the U.S.-based FSVP Importer is for each product being imported. The information to be reported includes full name, address, contact information and the DUNS Number of the FSVP Importer. This information will be transmitted at time of Customs entry (release) filing. The designated FSVP Importer must have a financial interest in the transaction, be located in the United States and act as the importer or consignee if the goods are sold.

If there is no buyer or consignee at the time of import, a U.S. agent or representative may act as the FSVP Importer. The FSVP Importer and Importer of Record for customs purposes may be different parties.

Additional information concerning the FSVP program, the role of the FSVP Importer and possible exemptions is available here. Shipments not currently subject to FDA import requirements are also exempt.

Affected U.S. importers are encouraged to review this new FDA requirement carefully to maximize compliance while minimizing any delays in their supply chain. Applicable information should be provided on or before May 27, 2017.

For additional information or questions, please contact Delmar International’s Advisory Services Group.

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