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Food Importation and FDA Oversight

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Course Description:

Imported food products are subject to FDA inspection when offered for import at U.S. ports of entry. FDA may detain shipments of products offered for import if the shipments are found not to be in compliance with U.S. requirements. Both imported and domestically-produced foods must meet the same legal requirements in the United States. Knowing the FDA import requirements for food will ensure a decrease in delays and reduce import costs. Food importations into the U.S. are subject to oversight by the Food and Drug Administration. There are many FDA regulations that can slow down and even prevent the importation of food. Knowing the rules and processes set in place by FDA will allow you to import food confidently.

Why should you Attend?

Food safety is an important priority for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The nature of the U.S. food supply is rapidly changing because of complex food supply chains, increasing globalization, changes in the U.S. population, and new and diverse dietary patterns. These changes present new challenges to our food safety system, prompting FDA to find new ways to strengthen its inspection and enforcement program.

The importation of food has special FDA import requirements that are not applied to non-food imports. These requirements are time sensitive and can lead to multiple outcomes that may deter future imports. Anyone involved in the import process should attend to this webinar to gain a greater understanding of food imports. Manufacturers, distributors, Import Analysts, and Entry Writers would benefit greatly from the contents of this webinar.

Enforcement can range from a warning letter to imprisonment, which is why it is imperative to know how to properly navigate the importation process of food.

Areas Covered:

  • The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • FDA oversight of food importation
  • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
  • FDA product code and Product Code Builder
  • FDA flags FD3 and FD4
  • FDA Prior Notice requirements

Who will benefit?

Any person involved in the importation, handling, warehousing, manufacturing or distribution of food.

  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Importers
  • Import Analysts
  • Entry Writers

Target Companies:

  • Wholesalers of Food
  • Distributors of Food
  • Importers of Food
  • Transporters of Food

Registration Options

Avail 12 months unlimited access for a single user.

Material shipped within 15 days post webinar completion & get life time access for unlimited participants.

Speaker Details

Alvaro Gutierrez

Alvaro Gutierrez

International Trade Consultant

Alvaro Gutierrez MBA, LCB has seen the impact trade compliance has had on the way companies operate their businesses. With over 18 years of real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, his view is radically different. Alvaro is passionate about trade compliance and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with an audience. Alvaro owns and operates his own trade consulting firm, Let’s Talk Trade, LLC based out of Atlanta, GA. He is a Licensed Customs

Refund Policy

Participants/Registrants for our live events, may cancel up to 72 hours prior to the start of the live session and ComplyArena will issue a letter of credit to be used towards any of ComplyArena's future events. The letter of credit will be valid for 12 months.

ComplyArena will process refund in cases where the event has been cancelled and is not rescheduled within 90 days from the original scheduled date of the webinar. In case if a live webinar is cancelled, participants/registrants may choose between recorded version of the course or a refund. Refunds will not be processed to participants who do not show up for the webinar. A webinar may be cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances, participants will be notified 24 hours before the scheduled start of the event. Contact us via email: or call +1-888-222-5917 (Toll Free).