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How to create an FDA Prior Notice?

A confirmation of "Prior Notice" declaration must accompany any shipment of food or beverages to the USA.

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The Prior Notice declaration must be made:

- Before the goods enter the USA (even for small quantities or samples).

- No more than 5 days in advance and no less than 4 hours before the arrival of the shipment.

- You will need 1 Prior Notice (PN) per product contained in a shipment and also a separate PN for a similar product if it is sent in a different packaging size or if it was produced by different manufacturers.

Upon receipt of the Prior Notice, the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) will issue a confirmation number in the form of a bar code that must accompany most food shipments. Remember that it is also important that you report the confirmation number on your invoice.

Download our Step by Step guide and follow the steps to easily create your Prior Notice on the FDA website.

Important note: You need to have an FDA account to create your Prior Notice (PN). If you do not have an account yet, you can refer to our How to create an FDA account article

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