With over $2.5 trillion worth of goods being imported into the US by over 800,000 importers, ranging from raw materials to manufactured goods, most companies have two main questions that they want and need answered; “Are the products that I am importing safe?” and “Do my imports comply with the applicable regulations?” Regardless of a product’s country of origin or final destination, each must comply with various government regulations.

According to the US Interagency Working Group’s 2007 Action Plan for Import Safety, there are three keystones of the Strategic Framework that are essential to ensuring all imports into the US are safe for consumption. Good import practices allow the importer to:

  • Prevent harm in the first place by building safety in to manufacturing and distribution processes
  • Intervene when risks are identified to prevent dangerous goods from advancing past point-of-entry
  • Respond rapidly after harm has occurred to limit exposure and harm to the public

Establishing and determining product safety and compliance takes into consideration the procedures importers have in place to reach out to suppliers to help determine risk, along with how well they are meeting the requirements established for product safety. Completing this process manually can be a lengthy and difficult task.

In addition, government regulations are added and amended quite frequently when it comes to import safety making it difficult to track the changes to each regulation, while also ensuring your importing practices are compliant.

Using an on-demand solution like Integration Point Import Product Safety can make the collection of supplier data, and verifying of compliance data easier. With Integration Point Import Product Safety companies can quickly and easily update all suppliers and supply chain partners when these regulatory changes take place.

As an importer or domestic manufacturer, does your company have processes in place to ensure the safety of consumers with respect to your products manufactured both domestically and abroad?

Integration Point Import Product Safety assists companies in developing an import safety information network by providing a web-based solution that importers use to show due diligence and compliance. Using the software, importers have the ability to interact with their entire supply chain to view the complete product lifecycle from conception to consumption in order to maintain compliance, and share regulatory information – all on one central platform.

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