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.
To participate in VQIP, 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.
Importers have until May 31,2021 at 11:59 pm EST to submit their online application to participate in VQIP for FY2022 benefits, beginning October 1, 2021.
ANNUAL USER FEE
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
VQIP User Fee is $17,000.00 for Fiscal Year 2021.