The food, beverage and perishables industry faces unique importing and exporting challenges, including the following.

  • FDA regulations pertaining to imports of safe, sanitary, and properly labeled goods, including compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • USDA regulations ensuring that imported meat, poultry, eggs, animals, and agricultural products are sanitary, pest-free, and properly labeled.
  • Food products such as pasta, olives, crawfish, salmon, honey, mushrooms. and tomatoes face antidumping and countervailing duties or may face marking orders.
  • Excise taxes can impact these imports as well as tariff rate quotas on an MFN basis and under various free trade agreements.

ST&R attorneys serve clients in the seafood, produce, beverage, perishables, agricultural, and tobacco industries on the full range of importing and exporting issues. Our firm also has a 25+ year history of membership in the Association of Food Industries.


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