CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Critical new requirements for foods and ingredients imported into the U.S.

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On May 27, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will implement a program to verify that importers are using safe processes and procedures and that food is not adulterated or misbranded.  The program, known formally as the Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), requires importers to:

  • Determine known or reasonably foreseeable hazards with each food
  • Evaluate the risk posed by a food, based on the hazard analysis and the foreign supplier’s performance
  • Use that evaluation of the risk posed by an imported food and the supplier’s performance to approve suppliers and determine appropriate supplier verification activities
  • Conduct supplier verification activities
  • Conduct corrective actions

The importer’s customs broker must identify the name, contact info, DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) Number and FDA Food Facility Registration Number for the U.S. buyer or consignee for each import of food (human or pet) into the USA.  It is imperative that importers provide this information to their customs broker prior to the May 27th implementation date to ensure shipments are not refused entry into the USA.

Any party who currently does not have a DUNS Number, must obtain one via Dun & Bradstreet.

More information is available from the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association fact sheet.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

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