Importing can be simple. But it is also highly technical. It is our goal, at IBI, to administer the technical aspects seamlessly so that it is painless to our customers.


Clearing your products through U.S. Customs may involve Participating Government Agency declarations. Oftentimes, one of these agencies will require a separate entry prior to U.S. Customs clearance entry release.


It is our job to be knowledgeable with each participating agency and know the regulations required to satisfy your cargo release. Our experienced staff has had many years dealing with Participating Government Agencies and their specific regulations.


Below are just a few of the Participating Government Agencies in which we specialize:


FDA – U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This department oversees all companies that manufacture, process, pack or store food, beverages or dietary supplements that may be consumed in the United States. Registration as a food facility site is required by the FDA. Companies outside the United States must also designate a U.S. agent for FDA communication. Other commodities that are not actual food items may still be subject to FDA regulation, such as articles that will be utilized for consumption or items like sunglasses or cosmetics that touch the face and medical devices. Please visit our Links page for more information.


USDA – APHIS - U.S. Department of Agriculture. This department oversees anything having to do with farm and agricultural services or rural development. It also deals with any article that might have been used in an area where it might have come in contact with land. One of the main responsibilities of this department is overseeing the improper importation of wooden pallets and the bug infestations they may be carrying. The Lacey Act has become a mainstay for agricultural importations. This Act was introduced to combat trafficking of illegal wildlife, fish, and plants. For further details, please navigate to our Links page.


CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission. This department is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death due to unsafe consumer products being imported. The products they have jurisdiction over are those that pose a threat of fire, electrical issues, chemical or mechanical hazards, or that can cause injury.


ATF – U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.This department oversees the importation of alcohol, wine, spirits, cigarette, cigar and pipe tobacco products and firearms and other explosive devices. There are many layers to this department, as it covers many products. For a detailed list, please visit our Links page.


F & W - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This agency protects threatened or endangered species, and the illegal importation of banned fish or wildlife products. Importers must have certain licenses to import some products. We can help you to identify those products and make sure you have proper licensing to ensure ease in the importation process. We have added access to more information on our Links page.


EPA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This agency is dedicated to monitoring imported or exported items that include leads, molds, pesticides, toxic waste, pollutants, fuels and energy products. For the long list of encompassing items, we invite you to visit the link on our Links page.


Our knowledgeable employees are well versed in expediting your clearance through all necessary departments of the government. We understand that the clock is ticking when more than one government agency is involved. Urgency is of utmost importance to us.


From perishable air shipments, to ocean going shipments, we can do it all for you. If you would like to visit links to many of these sites, please see our Links page.


Please contact us today for further information regarding the need for Participating Government Agency declarations on your cargo.