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What will happen to BTA covered merchandise that arrives at a U.S. port and no Prior Notice is filed?

What will happen to BTA covered merchandise that arrives at a U.S. port and no Prior Notice is filed?

The merchandise will be refused admission by the FDA.  At the CBP Port Director’s discretion in consultation with FDA, and based on availability of storage and resources, the refused merchandise may be:

  • Held at the port.
  • For seaports, airports, and courier hubs, the terminal facility of the arriving carrier is considered to be within the port of arrival.
  • Directed to secure facility. This action must be done under bond.
  • Exported (at the shippers or carriers request).