Importing Meat, Poultry, or Processed Egg Products, and a note for Tuna Importers

Are you thinking of importing Meat, Poultry or Processed Egg Products?



The importation of meat, poultry and processed egg products are regulated by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. These products must originate from certified countries and establishments to be allowed entry in to the United States. A listing of eligible countries and the types of products eligible for import from each can be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_%26_policies/Import_Information/?index.asap

How about in relatively small amounts?

FSIS statutes provide exemptions for certain foods containing relatively small amounts of meat, poultry or processed egg ingredients. Importers of FSIS exempt products must apply for and obtain a VS-Permit from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). For further information check out the USDA’s website at the above address.

Attention Tuna Importers



The NOAA Form 370, Fisheries Certificate of Origin, is required to accompany all imports of frozen and/or processed tuna products and is to be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the time of importation. This form is not required for fresh tuna.
Effective 2/12/2009, the importer of record must – within 10 days of the shipment’s entry – submit a copy of the Form 370 via mail to:

Tuna Tracking & Verification Program
NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Region
P.O. Box 32469
Long Beach, CA 90832-2469

It is important that all NOAA Form 370’s be sent out promptly. Section 1 of the form requires the U.S. Customs entry number and the date of entry. Your customer service representative will be happy to provide this information to you upon request so that you can submit your form in a timely manner.

Or, if you would prefer, Flegenheimer Intl will file the form on your behalf for a nominal fee. Please notify us if you would like to take advantage of this service.
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