For each shipment and box that you are shipping from your facility you must create a Prior Notice with the US FDA. You need to know how many boxes you will be shipping. You can create a free Prior Notice for each shipment and box online here:
You will need the following information to complete the prior notice with the FDA:
Caribbean Spirits FDA registration number: 15105121392
Caribbean Spirits shipping address and Permit number:
CARIBBEAN SPIRITS, INC.
4849 N. Milwaukee Ave, Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60630
Importer Permit #: FL-I-15926
You will also need to know the Port of Arrival, which will most likely be Chicago for air shipments, and the estimated date and time of arrival to complete the Prior notice. Please consult your shipper or courier to confirm these details.
Please be sure to include the prior notice number on the following shipping documents:
- Proforma Invoice
- Airway Bill
- Bill of Lading (BOL)
A small entity compliance guide about Prior Notice can be found here:
Assistance creating and submitting a Prior Notice:
Assistance completing a web entry:
Please note: A ProForma Invoice is a type of invoice used for shipments containing samples and not-for-sale items. The invoice should state that the goods are samples or not-for-sale and "value for customs purposes only" should be listed in the comments section.
Why is this important? Using a ProForma invoice on samples and not-for-sale shipments will allow you to avoid paying the duties and taxes for these shipments.
It is important to note that these invoices are not accepted in every country. Click HERE for a list of these countries for your reference.