If you’re an importer of items regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and since you’re reading this blog you probably are, knowing how to navigate the FDA entry process is critical. There’s nothing more important to your business than making sure your imported goods are coming to the U.S. as quickly as possible.
U.S. imports continue to increase steadily, by 10- to 15-percent per year for the last 10 years. Those percentages are anticipated to keep climbing.
So, how do you get your goods to the U.S. efficiently? It begins and ends with the dynamic duo known as the FDA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Their combined blessing provides you with import access to the U.S.
Here’s our advice on how to navigate the FDA’s entry process.
Entries are submitted to the CBP first, which inspects and hands over approved entries to the FDA for its review. All goods are then examined by the FDA and must conform to the same requirements as domestic goods.
So, how important is the entry submission process for goods? So important, we’re going to use bold lettering.
Most issues raised by the FDA revolve around differences between commercial and personal shipments.
Let’s break it down.
FDA-monitored goods that are denied entry because of electronic entry issues may be denied admission. Denied goods must be exported or they will be destroyed within 90 days.
The FDA also has the power to refuse admission of a product in one of four ways. If the product was:
Import entry issues can be avoided by hiring a licensed customs broker. A customs broker can make clearing FDA entry hurdles easier than ever.
Brokers can do the following to help you navigate the entry process:
AFC International will oversee the entire import entry level process, making sure you stay compliant and your shipment makes a smooth and efficient landing in the U.S. Call us at 800-274-2329 today to get started!