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


FDA: Notice to FSVP Importers & Filers (Example)


Remember to share your complete and unaltered Letter of Consent with the person or company that is responsible for filing U.S. Customs entry.

FDA: Notice to FSVP Importers & Filers (Example)


Are your sample items not yet approved under coverage? Be sure to add them prior to your shipment to avoid rejection. Learn How