Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that importers provide prior notification of food, including animal feed, that is imported or offered for import into the United States. Advance notice of import shipments allows FDA to target import inspections more effectively and help protect that nation's food supply against terrorist acts and other public health emergencies.
FDA must electronically receive and confirm Prior Notice before a food shipment arrives at the first port in the United States. The deadlines for submitting Prior Notice depends on the mode of transportation used for shipment and are sumamrized below.
For Shipments Arriving Prior Notice Must Be Submitted
By land via road No less than 2 hours before arrival
By land via rail No less than 4 hours before arrival
By air No less than 4 hours before arrival
By water No less than 8 hours before arrival
INLT will file Prior Notice for your shipment as part of the entry process. Therefore, if your are importing human or animal food products, it is important to get us your documents as early as possible.