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Requirements for sending food to the USA

Requirements for sending food to the USA

If you're intending on sending food items as gifts to the USA please be aware of the below requirements.

Published on 20 Jun 2012

If you're intending on sending food items as gifts to the USA please be aware of the below requirements.

Shippers are required to obtain a 12 digit Prior Notice (PN) number through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website www.access.fda.gov

Shipments that contain food for human or animal consumption without Prior Notice number may incur fines or penalties, and may be refused entry into the US.  

Prior Notice Number  must be submitted to the FDA no less than a specified period of time before arrival, depending on the mode of transportation, as follows:

-For international mail, PN must be submitted before mailing

PN is not required for some foods, and in certain situations:

-Homemade foods sent to an individual in the US for personal use

-Meat, poultry, and eggs solely regulated by the US Department of Agriculture

-Articles of food shipped as baggage or cargo as a diplomatic bag under the Vienna Convention on 

Diplomatic Relations

-Store-bought food imported or offered for import for non-commercial purposes should typically not be subject to FDA and CBP regulatory action when there is no Prior Notice.

We require the  FDA prior to the shipment being tendered by our carriers. A copy of the PN Confirmation Record must also accompany the shipment. The PN is commonly submitted via the FDA Prior Notice System Interface (PNSI) and FDA policy allows for the submission of the express carrier tracking number in lieu of the otherwise required “anticipated arrival information”.

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