I have a company in Brazil that produces pet food and treats, and I already import it to US through a middle man. I want to open a company here to import it directly. What licenses/permits do I need? Thanks
You need to consult an import/export company so that they can handle this for you.
You may want to speak to a local customers broker who will help you with the process.
Hi, first congrats on taking the step to become the importer of record, having been using a middleman you can probably appreciate that importing is not without its complications as it's a rather complex area of law, and in case you didn't know this, new importers are typically subject to US Customs scrutiny until the agency gets familiar with you. That being said, if you set up the right foundation and obtain legal assistance to help you understand both the import law and food law issues, you can run your business with confidence that you have done your diligence to operate lawfully. The licenses and permits you need are just one part, you also need to register with US Customs. Since the permit requirement can depend on what the animal food is actually made out of, my recommendation would be to speak with an attorney who can analyze your specific facts and who understands importing and the procedures and risks an importer faces so that you get set up properly to minimize risks. Muito obrigado, Deanna
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