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#1 Letmeinnow

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 02:44 PM

Hello,

 

I am currently working as a QA Manager in the bakery industry in Canada. All the product we currently produce is sold to our retail outlets within Canada, i.e. to ourselves essentially.

 

We are planning to start shipping product to our US retail outlets by the end of 2017. 

 

What needs to be in place for us to import product to ourselves in the US, if anything.

 

Thanks,

Christian


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#2 Scampi

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 02:45 PM

Christian, is the product packaged for retail or is it for food service?  That will help clarify your question for all who can assist


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 06:21 PM

Hi, the product is for food service only.


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 06:51 PM

Direct from us customs and border services; hope this helps

 

 

As an importer, you have the option of hiring a Customs Broker to file your entry with CBP, or you can do it yourself - although there are so many details to handle when importing food items, we strongly advise using a broker. To obtain a list of Customs Brokers, click here to find a port in the state your goods will arrive in. Lists can be found on each individual port page.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), and/or the Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determine the admissibility of various food products imported into the United States. The Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is responsible for food products derived from wildlife. CBP enforces those requirements. All commercial imports of food and beverage products require the filing of Prior Notice with FDA and, if the products contain meat, egg, milk, poultry, or other animal origin products, may require permits, health certificates, and/or other specified certifications from the country of origin.

In general, these requirements DO NOT apply to food accompanying a traveler into the U.S. or being sent by an individual - not a business - for personal use. However, you should contact the above mentioned government agencies for their requirements.

Foreign manufacturers and/or distributors of food products mustregister with the FDA before their goods may be admitted

CBP will not release food shipments without proof that prior notice has been filed with FDA. Therefore, it is imperative that the PN satisfied number is submitted to CBP along with the entry documents. The PN satisfied number should be annotated on the shipping documents (i.e. bill of lading or airway bill).

In addition to the prior notice requirement, once the goods arrive in the U.S., FDA may collect a sample or tell CBP to proceed with releasing the shipment. If a sample is in violation of FDA regulations, you will receive a Notice of Detention from FDA. To find out the status of food that has been detained by FDA, call the number referenced on the detention notice or the main number for Import Operations and Policy at (301) 443-6553.

For additional information on the Bio-Terrorism Preparedness and Response Act regulations and assistance with filing prior notice, please contact the Food and Drug Administration at 1-800-216-7331, if outside the U.S. call (301) 575-0156.

To inquire about FDA regulations on food imports, call (301) 436-2413.

If the product you wish to import is a plant or farm animal product, you should consult with the U.S. Department of AgricultureThe product may be prohibited or restricted from entering the United States. To inquire about the admissibility of meats, livestock, poultry and their products intended for resale, call the Food Safety and Inspection Service, Import Division, at (202) 720-9904. This number cannot provide information about personal importations of food products. They can only advise about requirements for commercial (resale) imports.

For fruits, and vegetables call the Plant division of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at (301) 734-8295.

Baked goods, seafood, canned and packaged goods, candy and chocolate, etc. must be labeled with country of origin, ingredients, and nutrition information. For specific information on labeling, please call the Office of Food Labeling at (202) 205-4606.

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 06:36 PM

Does the bakery product have meat in them? If so, you need to get certificates from CFIA and shipments must be inspected prior to shipping to the US.

 

But first, as what scampi posted, your manufacturing company has to be registered with FDA. You have to have a US agent to represent your company. FSMA has new rules in registration, you can read on the below link:

 

https://www.fda.gov/...htm#third_party


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