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

Further to our April 2017 notice, importers of food products into the United States will soon be required to identify the ‘Foreign Supplier Verification Program’ Importer (FSVPI) as part of each applicable customs entry. U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulations require the FSVPI to be either the U.S. buyer or consignee if the goods have been sold at time of entry. If not sold, an agent may act as the FSVPI.

Effective May 30, 2017, imports of applicable FDA products will need to identify the FSVPI party including full company name, address, contact name, phone and email address. The FSVPI’s DUNS number should also be provided but may be declared as unknown for an interim period prior to it becoming mandatory.

Written FSVPI information may be provided in advance or included within the commercial import documents. Failure to provide this information to U.S. Customs and FDA may result in the goods being denied entry (release) into the U.S.

Additional information concerning the FSVP program, the role of the FSVP Importer and possible exemptions is available here. Imports of food packaging will not be required to provide FSVPI information for another two years.

Affected U.S. importers are encouraged to review this new FDA requirement carefully to maximize compliance while minimizing any delays in their supply chain.

For additional information or questions, please contact Delmar International’s U.S. Advisory Services Group in Champlain, NY at 518.206.4129.

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