Lately it has come to our attention that kratom (MITRAGYNA SPECIOSA) is being targeted more frequently in the past couple of months. Specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("Customs" or "CBP") and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") have been examining and detaining kratom shipments from overseas. Additionally, express consignment operators such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL, are cautious to ship the product because of the potential problems associated with this botanical. These delays can be attributed to FDA's import alert 54-15. The alert provides for: DETENTION WITHOUT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF DIETARY[...]
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP or Customs) works in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that products are in full compliance before they are imported or exported to and from the United States. At times, the FDA or Customs may deny the entry of a product if they determine that a good or product fails to meet strict import/export requirements. When this happens, the product is detained for further examination. Depending on the findings of the examination, the FDA may issue a Notice of[...]
It’s not always a good thing to be “on the list,” particularly if you’re on the black list. One such black list is the FDA’s Import Alert list. Being placed on this can mean big problems for a company, and it requires the assistance of a professional customs attorney to petition for removal. What is the FDA’s Import Alert List? Basically, if a company is placed on this list, it means the FDA is providing a warning to importers around the world that the company’s products present safety concerns. If[...]
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