It is not expected that the Food & Drug Administration’s new trusted trader program – Voluntary Qualified Import Program (VQIP) – will be available for fiscal year 2019. The next application period will be from January 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019, for Importer participation in fiscal year 2020. FDA advised that they cannot currently accept applications as their system of third-party auditors for the program is not ready. The FDA notice is available at: https://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm608009.htm
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