Companies with Goods Regulated by FDA May Realize Additional C-TPAT Benefits

In the near future, US food importers and companies importing other goods regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will realize additional tangible benefits with certification in US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Under CBP’s Trusted Trader pilot, FDA will be able to recognize C-TPAT certified importers, which will allow the agency to better target and evaluate risk; therefore, streamlining the shipping process for certified shippers. Prior to this pilot, FDA was unable to recognize C-TPAT certified shippers.