Update: FDA Reduces Hours

By Pacific Customs Brokers, 2019-01-18
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Blaine, WA informed the trade community today they will be reducing the work hours beginning Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.

The Blaine, WA FDA post  will now operate from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

The timeframe in which FDA can review entries sent for FDA status has been reduced from 16 hours a day to 8 hours a day.
This means is that all declarations requiring FDA review for release, entering at Pacific Highway crossing, must be submitted before 3:00 pm, allowing adequate time for the FDA to review and provide a release decision that same day.
We advise importers and carriers to submit their release request to their Customs Broker early in the day to allow enough time for entry processing by the Broker and release decision review by the FDA.
Due to this reduction in operating hours, we anticipate an increase in FDA reviews, holds and sample notices where carriers are instructed to hold the freight within 50 miles of the port for next business day review.
In Summary:
What does that mean for your shipments?
  • More FDA Reviews
  • If a shipment is flagged for FDA Hold, carriers will be advised to hold goods within a 50-mile radius of the port
How can I reduce the chances of potential holds and reviews?
  • Submit your shipment documentation to PCB and Carriers as early as possible (by 1pm)
  • Advise carriers of FDA’s reduced hours

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