DHL Express Guidelines for Importing Food to the US

In order to defend against bio-terrorism and prevent the health of the population being put at risk, there are strict rules governing the shipping of foodstuffs into the US. Ensure speedy customs clearance and earliest delivery when shipping food to the US.  DHL helps you understand the latest FDA and US customs regulations.

FDA Regulations for Shipping Food to the US

Public Health Security and Bio-terrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002

NOTE: The following information is relevant for DHL Express customers only. DHL Global Forwarding customers should contact their local office for further details.

Bio-Terrorism Act

Guidelines for shipping food to the US

What types of commodities are covered?

What types of commodities are exempted?


Who needs to register?

What information is required?

When should any changes to a previous facility application be submitted?

How can customers register their company facilities details with the FDA?

Prior notice of importation

How can customers ensure that the FDA receives timely prior notice?

Are there any other information requirements?

What information does DHL require if customers choose to submit prior notification directly to the FDA?

What will occur if customers do not follow the above requirements?