The first compliance date for importers subject to the Foreign Suppliers Verification Programs (FSVP) as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for Importers of food for humans and animals is May 30, 2017 (With an effective date of May 27, 2017).
On May 27, 2017 we must report detail as below for the FSVP U.S. owner or consignee on each line of goods covered under the FSVP. Please ensure that this detail is added to the U.S. Customs Invoice, or spreadsheet of detail is provided to your Trans American Personal Account Manager at least 2 business days in advance of shipment.
- Legal business name and address
- Electronic Mailing address (email address)
- DUNS number
The FSVP U.S. owner or consignee is defined as the person in the U.S. who, at the time of entry of a food into the U.S., either owns the food, has purchased the food, or has agreed in writing to purchase the food. If there is no U.S. owner or consignee at time of entry, the importer is the U.S. agent or representative (with a confirmed signed statement of consent) of the foreign owner or consignee at the time of entry.
A DUNS number can be obtained free of charge at: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
Food that is manufactured and shipped from Australia, Canada and New Zealand have modified requirements under the FSMA, including exemptions for the hazard analysis plan, evaluation of foreign supplier performance, and use of approved supplier, as these countries have been recognized by the FDA as having a comparable food safety system to the U.S. (Note, food that is manufactured and shipped from Australia, Canada and New Zealand are not exempt from the May 27, 2017 requirement above).
FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs link that provides a Fact Sheet PDF, “Am I subject to FSVP?” PDF, Compliance Dates, and Exemptions, is available at: