US Customs’ Los Angeles Field Office has released a Public Bulletin announcing revised port procedures for disposition of merchandise refused by FDA, which will be overseen by the newly created Federal Destruction and Redelivery Team (Team FDR). Key points are as follows:
- All merchandise refused by the FDA must be exported or destroyed under CBP and FDA supervision within 90 days of the refusal date.
- Instead of receiving a separate CBPF 4647 and the Notice of FDA Action (Refusal), the importer will now receive a new combined “Refusal Redelivery Notice” (RRN).
- The RRN is the Notice of Refusal stamped by CBP to indicated redelivery. A cover sheet with port specific instructions for exportation or destruction of FDA refused merchandise will be included.
The Public Bulletin also details the specific procedures for merchandise for exportation as well as merchandise for destruction (for both seaport shipments and air shipments).
The Public Bulletin can be found here: LA15-005 (Updated) Los Angeles Field Office Procedures for CBP-FDA Refused Merchandise