New U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, issued under the "Bioterrorism Act", require food shippers to provide additional information to clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In order to avoid delays in shipment clearance and delivery, you and your suppliers and affiliates outside the United States will need to take important steps to comply.
1. U.S. domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture and process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States must register with the FDA, unless the facility qualifies for an exemption under the FDA regulations.
2. Foreign food facilities covered by these regulations must designate a U.S. agent.
3. Prior notice is required for human and animal food imported into and transiting through the United States, unless an exemption under the FDA regulation applies.
Note: Prior Notice is not required for home-made non-commercial food shipments shipped by an individual, to an individual, as gifts for personal use. Furthermore, current FDA policy is not to require Prior Notice when food purchased at a commercial establishment is exported or offered for export by a non-commercial shipper for a non-commercial purpose (i.e., from an individual, to an individual, as a gift or as a household good for personal use). Additional exclusion criteria can be found at the FDA web site.
Unless you already have a Prior Notice Confirmation (PNC) number for the shipment, UPS will request it on your behalf. In order for UPS to submit the PNC request to the FDA, information regarding the food item being shipped is required. Once all fields have been completed, you will need to print the form and include it with the package. Please note that, even if you provide all the Prior Notice information specified below, U.S. Customs and Border Protection may still determine that additional information and/or inspection (which may result in delays) is needed to comply with the FDA regulations.
Complete a separate form for each food item being shipped to the U.S.
Please provide all requested information in English; U.S. Customs and Border Protection can only process Prior Notice information submitted in English.