Please note the Customs Letter in the Downloads list to the right. Feel free to fill in your company name and use this letter with your entry shipments.
International entries for the 2012 World Championship Cheese Contest must clear through United States Customs.
Your company may work with a national dairy export corporation such as those listed below or through a United States customs broker.
We strongly suggest that companies without the assistance of an export corporation or a U.S. customs broker contact Transgroup Worldwide Logistics, a transport and customs brokerage company located in the U.S. Their contact information is below:
Transgroup Worldwide Logistics
ATTN: Eugen Miu – Import Manager
1400 N. Mittel Blvd., Ste. A
Wood Dale, IL 60191 USA
Without exception, all duty payments and clearance fees must be paid prior to the delivery of goods to the contest.
Listed below are suggestions you may find helpful when preparing to ship your cheese to the contest.
1. If your country is listed on the reverse side of this page, contact the agency to learn more—they may have specific information for you about procedures, documentation and shipping.
2. U.S. Customs will need the following documents in order to release your cargo:
• Commercial invoice—listing types of cheese and value for each individual item.
• Packing list—listing gross and net weight of each item shipped.
• Health certificate—issued by specific country government agency responsible for food exports.
• United States Food and Drug Administration Prior Notice Requirement. See instructions on this page.
3. Mark your product as “SAMPLES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. FOR EXHIBIT & TASTING.”
4. Under ‘Value for Customs Purposes Only’ indicate a small value amount.
5. Some countries require additional documentation when exporting products; check with your government, broker, dairy association or transporting company to learn what documentation is required for your country.
6. Some countries have exporting quotas for sample products; check with your government, broker, dairy association or transporting company to learn if there are quotas for the product you will be shipping.
7. If cooling packs will be used, use liquid cooling packs rather than dry ice; most transporting companies will not accept packages containing dry ice.
8. Choose a courier with the shortest transit time. If possible, use Chicago, Illinois as your port of entry.
9. Ship your products to arrive at the shipping deadline of February 24, 2012.
10. Please be sure your customs broker has a Power of Attorney for your company on file. Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association will not act as the importer of record for any shipment.
Registration & Prior Notice
In 2002, the United States Congress passed the Bioterrorism Act. This Act, effective January 1, 2004 includes two requirements for foods (including contest entries) imported into the United States. These two requirements are Food Facility Registration and Prior Notice of Shipment.
Please Note: These requirements were initiated in 2004 and your company may have completed the Food Facility Registration.
Also, your broker or import/export partner likely routinely executes the Prior Notice requirement. The instructions below apply only to companies that have not met these requirements to date.
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Food Facility Registration
If your company imports cheese or butter to the United States, you may have already fulfilled this requirement. If not, your facility is asked to visit the website for the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at www.access.fda.gov and register your facility in the Food Facility Registration Module.
Prior Notice of Shipment
Companies, brokers and importing firms that ship food into the United States must give the U.S. government Prior Notice of each incoming shipment. A Prior Notice is a notification to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of imported shipments of articles of food prior to their arrival in the United States. It includes information about the product, quantity, and packaging, and related facilities, such as the manufacturer, shipper, owner, and ultimate consignee.
This practice is routinely handled by import associations and brokers. Companies that do not have support from an importer or broker can directly give prior notice of shipment on the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior Notice is required on the day that air freight is shipped to the United States.
Accessing the Prior Notice System Interface
To give Prior Notice, log into the FDA Industry Access page at www.access.fda.gov and click on the Login” button below Prior Notice System Interface. Instructions are available in the PNSI Help section.
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For updates and additional contacts, refer to our website: www.worldchampioncheese.org
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