The Foreign Supplier Verification Program regulation (FSVP) requires a U.S. person to serve as the FSVP Importer. If there is no U.S. owner or purchaser of food at the time of entry (i.e. unsold food), the foreign exporter must appoint an agent to be named as the FSVP Importer on the entry documentation. USFI provides FSVP agent services.
FSVP Agent Services
The Food Safety Modernization Act prohibits foreign businesses from importing most FDA-regulated foods without appointing and FSVP agent. Under the new requirements an importer can only be:
- The U.S.purchaser
- If there is no U.S. purchaser at the time of entry, then the U.S. consignee at the time of entry
- If there is no U.S. purchaser or consignee at the time of entry, then the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner
All foreign exporters of food to the U.S. who do not have a U.S. buyer or purchaser at the time of entry must appoint a U.S. agent or representative to act as the importer of the food and perform verification in compliance with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Regulation that the foreign exporter meets the standards of:
- FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Regulation
- FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Regulation
- FSMA Produce Safety Regulation
- U.S. law on adulteration of food
- Allergen labeling requirements
U.S. Food Imports serves as an FSVP agent for foreign exporters to the U.S. Contact us for more information.