2002N-0278 - Prior Notice of Imported Food Under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002; Reopening of Comment Period
FDA Comment Number : EC397
Submitter : Ms. Brenda Jones Date & Time: 05/03/2004 05:05:12
Organization : Praxair Canada Inc
Food Industry
Category :
Issue Areas/Comments
Thank you for the opportunity to comment. While Praxair Canada Inc. supports the objectives of the Bioterrorism Act, we do have concerns with the administration of the Act - namely the way Customs Brokers are handling Prior Notice. We are submitting Prior Notice within the prescribed time frame. We are not, however, receiving Prior Notice Confirmation Numbers from our brokers. As a result, we are sending our drivers to the border with the HOPE that our Prior Notice has been received and accepted. There have been instances where we have submitted Prior Notice but when the driver arrived at the border he was advised that Prior Notice had not been received. In each case, though, we had proof of our fax transmission.

During the 'educational' period, this has not resulted in a hardship to us. However, while we are doing our part in providing Prior Notice, we feel that the brokers should be following through with their part. We understand that all brokers would have been overwhemed for the first few weeks. We now feel that enough time has passed that brokers should have their procedures fine-tuned - and Confirmation Numbers should be forwarded to those providing Prior Notice. Until all parties are following through, a true reflection of the success of the program will not be possible.

As an exporter, we are meeting the requirements for Prior Notice. We are asking that the FDA encourage brokers to work with us.

Thank you again for providing the opportunity for comments.
Brenda Jones
Manager, Traffic & Customs