This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.

Public ID: PID-GA36O9

Local agent requirement affecting food and drink exports from the UK to the United States

in United States

Trade barrier summary

This affects exporters of food and drink, including agricultural, horticulture, fisheries, and pet products to the United States. Companies exporting these products are required to have a US-based agent, including a US-based address for all company mail and account information to be sent to. If they do not have a US agent, they can't receive a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 'approved number', which means that they can't export to the US.

This increases the cost of exporting for UK businesses, particularly Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) as they are required to hire a third-party and/or customs broker to act on their behalf.

Sectors affected

  • Agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and pets
  • Food and drink



Date reported

9 October 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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