Trade Show Samples Are Bound Under FDA's FSVP. The good news: you're covered. So long as your sample items are listed on your Letter of Consent – you are clear to ship*
FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Program applies to food, beverage, and dietary supplement samples that are intended for human or animal consumption as U.S. trade shows/fairs – regardless of whether the samples will be sold or given away.
Entry Procedure For Trade Show Samples. When a food, beverage, or supplement product is subject to FSVP, the filer responsible for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) entry must enter “FSV” as the Entity Role Code. This code will send a signal to CBP's Automated Commercial Environment indicating that the entry is subject to FSVP and will trigger a request for the FSVP Importer’s name, electronic email address, and UFI recognized as acceptable by FDA (§1.509) learn more
LETTER OF CONSENT
Remember to share your complete and unaltered Letter of Consent with the person or company that is responsible for filing U.S. Customs entry.
ADD NEW PRODUCTS
Are your sample items not yet approved under coverage? Be sure to add them prior to your shipment to avoid rejection. Learn How
3RD-PARTY FSVP FORMS Some logistics providers may ask you to complete a form/questionnaire for FSVP. If asked, forward the form to us for completion.
U.S. ENTRY FILING INSTRUCTIONS
Entry procedures under FSVP can be new to some filers. We have compiled a comprehensive list of instructions for their use here
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Important: The DUNS number, which is location specific, must correspond to the FSVP Importer’s U.S. location. FDA investigators may conduct an inspection to review all FSVP records at the location associated with the DUNS number submitted at entry. A DUNS number associated with a foreign facility cannot be used for the FSVP Importer at U.S. entry.
DOWNLOADS & RESOURCES
FDA: Recognition of Acceptable UFIs Guidance