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Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP)

VQIP is a voluntary fee-based program for importers who achieve and maintain control over the safety and security of their supply chains. VQIP participants enjoy the benefits of expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the U.S.

Participating importers will be able to import their products to the U.S. with greater speed and predictability, avoiding unexpected delays at the point of import entry. Consumers will also benefit from the importer’s robust management of the safety and security of their supply chains.

Food importers must meet certain eligibility requirements, including ensuring that the facilities of their foreign suppliers are certified through the FDA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Certification bodies conduct food safety audits of foreign facilities and farms, and issue the certifications that importers need to participate in VQIP.


Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 VQIP User Fee is effective on August 1, 2022, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2023.

Fee rates are published in a Federal Register Notice no later than 60 days before the start of each FY. User Fee must be paid before October 1, the start of the VQIP FY.


Annual user fees to participate in VQIP include the costs of

  • reviewing applications
  • conducting inspections of importers
  • conducting inspections of exporters
  • Information Technology (IT) maintenance costs

Paid to the U.S. Treasury.

At this time, FDA is not offering an adjusted fee for small businesses.

  • Create an account on the FDA Industry Systems website.
  • Submit a Notice of Intent to Participate in VQIP between January 1 and May 31, 11:59pm (EST).
  • Pay the User Fee.
Approved VQIP Importers

Costco Wholesale Corporation

999 Lake Dr
Issaquah, WA 98027-8990

Hudson Trading Group Llc

228 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003-1502

LT Foods Americas Inc

11130 Warland Dr
Cypress, CA 90630-5032

Pacific Seafood Co. Inc

16797 SE 130th Ave
Clackamas, OR 97015-8966

Palmex Ltd

9901 W Ih 10 Ste 777
San Antonio, TX 78230-2252

Sovena USA Inc

1 Olive Grove St
Rome, NY 13441-4815