WASHINGTYON, D.C. — FDA and U.S. Customs officials plan to integrate prior notice requirements for both agencies by using one central reporting process.
U.S. food importers, who must report to both agencies under the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, will be able to provide the required information to both agencies simultaneously, by using the Customs and Border Protection Automated Commercial System, officials announced recently. Under the act, importers will soon be obliged to provide prior notice and details of the contents of food moving across the border.
The FDA is currently reviewing their rule on prior notice and pre-registration for carriers, published Feb. 3. A final rule should be published in early October. The rule goes into effect Dec. 12.
To see the rule currently under review, click on the Border Legislation proposals button on the right side of this page.
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