1 obstacle to shipping food to USA in 2021, and how to overcome it
November 11, 2021
Food, International Shipping, Shipping Internationally, Uncategorized, USA
Many of us here in the JustShip community love to ship food to our loved ones. Some popular gifts of choice are Irvin’s salted egg yolk chips, Indomie, or perhaps bottled chilli paste. It may be discouraging to hear that there has been a slow but steady increase of requests by US Customs for shippers globally to file for a FDA Prior Notice when shipping food. However, don’t let that stop you from doting on your loved ones! With some help from this blog post, you’ll be an expert in no time on how to overcome this obstacle if it ever gets thrown your way.
What is a FDA Prior Notice?
FDA is the US’ Food and Drug Administration, their food regulatory agency. As part of their responsibility to protect US’ food supply against terrorist acts, they require shippers to give them a prior notification when food is being shipped. This allows them to target import inspections more effectively.
When you ship food with us to US, we don’t file for a prior notice before shipping. This is because, for the most part, consumers are not required to file for notice if they are merely gifting a small amount of food to their loved ones. That being said, shipping volume has increased to the point where US customs has begun to request for these notices to be filed for some consumer shipments. They also have the right to not release the shipments until the notices have been filed.
What does this mean for us here? Long story short, if you’re shipping food with JustShip to US, just ship it. However, in the off chance that you are required to file for a notice when the parcel reaches US customs, then take a step by step approach by following the guide below, and you’ll be good to go.
How to know you are required to file for a Prior Notice
Registering an account to file for a Prior Notice
As you can see, Customs wants a Prior Notice Confirmation, so you will have to file for it. They also want the product’s manufacturer name and address. Also note that they tend to have a deadline for it, and it is very important you do not miss this deadline, otherwise you risk the shipment being returned to you at 1.5x the shipping cost. To begin filing for a prior notice, go to this link —> File Prior Notice when shipping food from Singapore to US
How to file a Prior Notice
Well done soldier. Click “print summary” and save it as a pdf, then email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take it forward for you! At JustShip, we make international shipping fuss-free for you. If you are looking for a trusted shipping provider to ship from Singapore to worldwide, don’t hesitate to ship now with JustShip.