Services we offer
Are you an exporter of food or beverages to the U.S.A. including pet food or honey? Perhaps you plan to export to the U.S.A., and need to create excitement by sending samples over. The US import regulations can be tricky to navigate.
K+A provides a registration service for your organisation with the US FDA, including the required provision of a US-based physical office through our agency arrangements in Hawaii. To export food or beverages to the USA, you must be registered with the FDA and to do this, you must have a US address.
K+A can prepare, submit, and receive your FDA Bio-terrorism Act Food Facility Registration for a simple annual fee, with options depending on the level of service you require.
The benefits of using K+A's service include:
A single point of contact in your time zone – our New Zealand market
Free updates on any changes to the FDA system (every two years, the FDA require re-registration which we do for you at no additional cost)
Notification to you of changes in FDA requirements.
Assistance should the FDA request an inspection of your premises
Should you change contacts or address, we will update your details with the FDA.
Freedom to choose and change your freight company and to use multiple agents/points of contact in the U.S.A.
FDA Prior Notices
Prior Notices are required for each type of product within every shipment of commercial food and beverages entering the U.S.A.
Prior Notices must be electronically submitted no sooner than five days before the shipment arrives in the U.S.A. but no later than eight hours prior to arrival (if the goods are being sent by sea) and four hours (if the goods are being air freighted).
Many clients consider that sending small samples in the post will be accepted. This is not the case as FDA legislation states that regardless of methods or size of shipment, a Prior Notice is required from a registered organisation.
If your organisation is not registered with the FDA and you have not completed a Prior Notice and enclosed it with your shipment of food or beverage, there is a likelihood that your product will be declined entry and disposed of or turned around at the US border, at your cost.
The Prior Notice process can be very arduous so we undertake this process for many clients due to the detail and time required.
Contact us at any time for a recommendation of what you need to provide to ensure a smooth arrival of your product to the USA.
FDA inspections in New Zealand
For the first time in 2019, the FDA have advised some of our clients that they will be inspecting their premises in 2020.
If selected, K+A work with you, MPI and the US Consulate to manage this process as simply as possible.
K+A will not be technical experts, but we will want to make sure that correct procedures are being followed and you are being advocated for by MPI.
U.S.A. 'on the ground' services
Our agent in the USA is available for 'on the ground' advice and services.
He uses his vast networks in Hawaii to help and assist New Zealand based organisations get a foothold in the market.