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FDA Recommends Use of ITACS

CSMS #42253103 was issued this week and it advises that the FDA Recommends Use of ITACS During COVID-19 Outbreak. Two weeks ago, CSMS #42118616 was issued advising the trade that FDA’s Import Operations remain operational, inclusive of FDA Prior Notice review, FDA entry processing, FDA sampling/examination of high risk shipments, FSVP inspections, filer assessments, and compliance activities.  However, the mailing of “Notices of FDA Action” hardcopies will be delayed.  In this message, the FDA also strongly encouraged importers of food to utilize the ITACS system.

If you are an importer of food, and you do not have an ITACS account, it can be requested through the FDA Unified Registration and Listing System. Instructions for registration are provided in the ITACS Account Management presentation.  Leveraging this technology will allow your company to have direct access to notices of action after they are issued as well as status updates on FDA holds.

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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