This year I got an opportunity to import about 40 kilograms of tea from China to the U.S. (I haven't buy anything yet). The tea gonna go by sea in containers. This is my first "tea operation" so I don't know much about laws, standards and how it works.
My main concern so far is how it passes the FDA on customs? Should I have some sort of certification, documents from China/from here?
The shipments is too huge to send it in parcels, so sea seems to be the only option and this means that containers will automatically end up in caring hands of the U.S. customs.
Little background about what sort of tea I'm importing: it is hunnan hei cha, the one with "golden flower", that's one of the reasons why FDA is my main concern right now.
I am going to ask people in my city about how they do import their tea from China, but I also need to hear an opinion of other people for a cross-check.
Please treat me as a newbie in business - I only in the beginning of my potential tea-trade journey and that's why I'm asking for an advice of people who know more then me.