USDA announced the Dairy Import Assessment effective August 1, 2011. Each importer of dairy products identified within Dairy Promotion and Research Order §1150.152(b)(1)
, except for as provided for in §1150.157, is responsible for paying an assessment of 7.5 cents per hundredweight of U.S. milk, or the equivalent thereof. The importer shall use the assessment rate of $0.01327 per kilogram (kg) of milk solids to calculate and pay the assessment.
Eligible importers should contact Dairy and Fluid Milk Checkoff Program Contacts
to apply for reimbursement of assessments collected by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol pursuant to Dairy Promotion and Research Order adjustment of accounts criteria.
APHIS Import/Export Compliance
– USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of foreign agricultural products including Dairy into the United States.
Federal Import Milk Act
requires a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permit for milk and cream (including sweetened condensed milk) imported into the United States.
Import for Re-Export (IREP) Program
- The Import for Re-Export program (IREP) is limited to Canadian processors which import U.S. dairy products for processing in Canada, and subsequently re-export the products.
Global Agriculture Trade System (GATS)
- The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Trade System includes international agricultural, dairy, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present. Dairy Import and Export statistics are available.
Registration of Food Facilities
- Owners, operators, or agents in charge of domestic or foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for consumption in the U.S. are required to register the facility with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Required Prior Notice of Imported Foods
– The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is required to receive prior notice of all commercial imports of Food and Beverage including commercially imported dairy products. Advance notice of import shipments allows FDA, with the support of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to target import inspections more effectively.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
- Dairy Products imported into the United States are subject to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol inspection and assessment collection.
U.S. Dairy Import Licensing Program
- The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service operates the U.S. Dairy Import Licensing Program for dairy products subject to the applicable tariff-rate quota.
U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)
- The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is the list of tariffs charged for all products imported into the United States. It classifies all goods according to the international Harmonized Commodity Coding and Classification System which has been established by the World Customs Organization. HTS Code four-digit heading groups generally associated with Dairy are: 0401, 0402, 0403, 0404, 0405, 0406, 1517, 1702, 1704, 1806, 1901, 2105, 2106, 2202, 3501, 3502. A portion of HTS Codes associated with Dairy may be found in Chapter 4, Dairy Produce; Birds’ Eggs; Natural Honey; Edible Products of Animal Origin, not elsewhere specified or included.