The FDA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are using new import requirements. The FDA’s import software screening program (PREDICT) and the U.S. Custom’s ACE software program require more information from the foreign source(s). FDA’s product codes and U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) link the requirements. The software coding information must be correct. Otherwise, you face costly delays and possibly a refusal of the entry.
In addition, information on the entry’s commercial or pro forma invoice must be consistent with the information entered into PREDICT and ACE software. FDA offers some relief from the strict requirements if you participate in a voluntary Affirmation of Compliance (AOC). Providing accurate information is necessary in order to reconcile the PREDICD, ACE, Invoice and AOC information. Your failure to accomplish these tasks can lead to smooth sailing or to a whirlpool of costly delays and fines. Time is not on your side during the import process. Time is money; the more you use, the more you lose.