Guest Column | February 22, 2017

U.S. & Canadian Food Imports/Exports: What You Need To Know

By Lance Schultz, Quality Programs Facilitator, JD Smith & Sons Ltd.

With FSMA, and accompanying rules, now finalized, the countdown to enforcement is on. In order to make food available to consumers in the U.S. market, it is important to ensure food is exported according to applicable laws.

Exporters Should Know U.S. Import Requirements
Canadian exporting firms should provide all information necessary to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) of FSMA. Exporters should be able to demonstrate by measurable results, the risk associated with the food for export is controlled by the firm’s food safety system (and preventive controls).

The Bioterrorism Act requires all exporting firms to register with the FDA. This applies to all facilities manufacturing, processing, packing, or storing food, beverages, or dietary supplements that may be consumed in the U.S. by humans or animals. Companies located outside of the U.S. must designate a U.S. Agent for FDA communications.

Exporting firms are required to provide Prior Notice before food exports may enter the U.S. A barcoded Prior Notice Confirmation Number issued by the FDA must accompany most shipments. The timeframe for providing Prior Notice with the FDA depends on the mode of transportation. They are as follows:

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