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Are You In Compliance With The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Requirements?

What Is The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)?

FSVP is a program set in place by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This requires US buyers to make sure they are importing from foreign producers that are manufacturing under the same standards as domestically made foods. It consists of specific information retained by the US FSVP Importers with regard to the manufacturing processes of their foreign suppliers. This includes but is not limited to, hazard analysis of the producers, controls, monitoring programs, and specific record keeping requirements.

What Information Must I Include On My Invoices? 

Your invoice will need to include:

  • FSVP Importer is (name of company)
  • FSVP Importer’s DUNS number
  • FSVP Importer’s contact email address

If this information is not provided on your invoice your Customs Broker will not be able to clear your goods, and the shipment will be put on hold until that information is provided.

Who Is The FSVP Importer?

The FSVP Importer must be a US Company. When items have been sold this is usually the US buyer of the goods. If there is no US buyer, then it is the receiver of the goods in the US or it can be a third party US FSVP Agent who agrees to take on the responsibilities of the FSVP Importer. Whoever you declare as the FSVP Importer must be advised they are being obligated with this responsibility.

Use Caution When Naming The FSVP Importer

It is important that a company is aware they are being declared as the FSVP Importer because this obligates them to provide information on demand to the US FDA. It would be considered good business practice to have something in writing from the FSVP Importer, possibly in the form of an agreement where they acknowledge they understand and are willing to take on the responsibilities that come with being named the FSVP Importer.

How Does This Affect Foreign Suppliers?

Although the FSVP Importer is technically the US Company, there is a large amount of information that the FSVP Importer is required to verify and keep on file regarding your manufacturing facility. These can range from lab results, your food safety plans, and other information. You are required to provide this information to the FSVP party as a condition of import.

In addition, as the foreign supplier, if you are the Importer of Record, you will need to make sure you speak with your buyers to confirm with them that they are aware of the FSVP rule, their responsibilities as the named FSVP party and that they have provided you with their DUNS number and email address.

What Articles Are Exempt From FVSP Reporting?

There are certain circumstances and goods that are exempt from FSVP Reporting. Click here to find a complete listing of when you are required to report and what exemptions are available.

Where Can I Find More Information Regarding The Foreign Supplier Verification Program Requirements?

A link to the FSVP rules can be accessed here. Alternatively, you can call our US Trade Compliance Department to find out more information on importing food products into the US.

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Misty Gibbins
LCB, CCS

Misty has been working in the brokerage business for 35 years. She was the manager of the Blaine Office of Peace Bridge Customs Brokers for nine years, before coming to Pacific Customs Brokers, Inc. Misty has worked in the trade compliance group at PCB for the past 12 years. She is currently the Senior Trade Regulatory Analyst, which involves keeping up with trade related regulatory changes.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.