Trade Alerts

DUNS Number Required for Food Imports

By In USA Trade Alerts On 30th June 2022

Effective July 24, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require human and animal food importers to provide a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering Systems(DUNS) number to FDA for importer identification.

Previously, FDA allowed the use of ‘Unknown’ in lieu of a DUNS number.

An entity may obtain a DUNS number from D&B free of charge. It may take approximately 30 business days or longer to receive a DUNS number from D&B after submitting the request. D&B also provides for expedited delivery of a DUNS number for a one-time charge. To obtain a DUNS number, please contact D&B directly by phone at 866-705-5711 or at

Additional information may be found in the FDA Guidance for Industry: Compliance with Providing an Acceptable Unique Facility Identifier for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Food Importers Regulation

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