Process Agent

When you select Fratelli McNeese, Inc., you receive over 25 years of U.S. import-export experience provided by a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist. We have the food and beverage expertise to enable U.S. and overseas companies to better navigate the regulations of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

The exporter desiring to export to the USA needs to take appropriate steps to becoming “qualified” to do business with a US importer who ultimately bears a great responsibility for the products he imports and sets into US interstate commerce. According to the U.S. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, importers of food and beverage products are responsible for ensuring that the products are safe, sanitary, and labeled correctly. At Fratelli McNeese, we give a competitive advantage to exporters, importers and food distributors by combining compliance with product and partner selection. We feel that this philosophy enables those who work with us to have greater confidence, allowing them to be more productive.

The food importer works closely with a customs broker to file entry into the USA. We recommend choosing a specialty customs broker over a generalized customs broker. Not all brokers have the necessary experience in food and beverages to give you the rapid and accurate guidance you need to stay out of trouble with FDA and other government agencies. A specialized customs broker will keep you informed in a timely manner about compliance requirements and deadlines, helping you avoid having your shipments detained by Customs, FDA or other partner government agencies.

Those having experience in exporting food products to the USA know about FDA import alerts. An import alert means FDA has enough evidence to allow for Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE) of products which appear to be in violation of FDA laws and regulations. These violations could be related to the product, manufacturer, shipper and/or other information. Before importing into the United States, importers and exporters should know if their products are subject to an FDA import alert. At Fratelli McNeese, Inc. (dba FDA Compliance Services, Inc.), we work closely with both importers and exporters to provide FDA import alert assistance.

Not all food imports are regulated exclusively by FDA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of meat, animal products and by-products. A veterinary permit may be required to import certain meat and meat products, poultry, milk, eggs, and dairy products (except butter and cheese). The importation of food products containing even minimal amounts of meat, poultry, or processed egg product ingredients may also require a permit. In addition, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the importation of meat, poultry, and egg products intended for human consumption. When imported into the United States, these products require a health certificate that meets both APHIS animal health requirements and FSIS public health requirements. At Fratelli McNeese, Inc., we work closely with our clients to ensure that products subject to USDA regulations are compliant.

New York is the 14th largest economy in the world. The ports and airports of New York and New Jersey are the main entry points for imports of Italian products into the USA. We are present in New York and have an extensive network of highly qualified contacts to be of greater assistance to our clients. Our goal is to have our expertise enable you to focus on and grow your core business.