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What is a Prior Notice?

The American Health Security and Bioterrorism Act, published in 2012, aims to safeguard the American population from any health risks related to terrorism.
Various inspection measures are in place for food that is produced in the United States as well as food that is imported.
All senders of food products (including raw materials and ingredients), regardless of their final use (samples, exhibition, consumption, etc.) and regardless of the consignee (private individual, business, administration), are affected by this measure.
Any shipment of this type to the United States is subject to a Prior Notice, a prior notification made to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This administrative formality is essential to facilitate entry and transit in the US.

To export food products to the United States, exporters are required to be registered with the FDA and issue a  Prior notice (PN) for each shipment.
Chronopost forewarns American customs before the goods arrive.

Prior Notice Assistance
+33 (0)1 70 06 05 30 from Monday to Friday (9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm).

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