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The import regulations imposed by the countries time to time to ensure Food Safety and Quality assurance includes non Tariff barriers for the various food products.

 
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26 Aug 2013 Australia Australia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Australia is a major producer of raw materials and processed foods but imports a growing volume of food and beverages. Imports have increased steadily over recent years. U.S. exports of consumer ready food products to Australia have risen by over 460 percent in value in the past ten years.
14 Aug 2013 Jordan Jordan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Jordan is updating its imported food and agricultural product regulations and standards. The country presently maintains a three tier inspection rate system for imported food products based on a product’s potential health risk. Jordanian importers are required to ensure that imported food and agricultural products do not pose a potential threat to public health. All food and agricultural products are subject to random inspection and testing.
06 Aug 2013 Ghana Ghana Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report was updated August 6, 2013 and the areas updated are: Section I- Food Laws: The review and amendment of the Food and Drugs law that was initiated last year is still in progress. Section VI- Other Regulations and Requirements (section C): The FDA has revised the registration fee for vetting, processing and documentation of all imported food products.
27 Jun 2013 Czech Republic Czech Republic Food Safety and Czech Consumers Czech consumers are quality oriented and perceive local products as safest. Many would rather reduce quantity purchased rather than settle for lower quality foods.
17 Jun 2013 Hong Kong Hong Kong Macao Passed Food Safety Law The Macao Government notified World Trade Organization members of its passing of the Food Safety Law (Law No 5/2013) in March 2013 via notification G/SPS/N/MAC/11. The Law will become effective October 20, 2013.
12 Jun 2013 Vietnam Social Republic Vietnam Food Safety Law and Guiding Decree Released This report provides an un-official translation of the Vietnam Food Safety Law (FSL) promulgated by Order No.06/2010/L-CTN, and ratified by the National Assembly on June 17, 2010.
05 Jun 2013 Bahrain Bahrain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The report provides guidance on required certificates for food products shipped to Bahrain. While all possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear information about these policies was not available.
23 May 2013 Morocco Morocco Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report identifies the major export certificates required by the Moroccan government to export U.S. food and agricultural products to Morocco. In 2011, the Moroccan food safety authority, Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits Alimentaires (ONSSA) issued new import requirements for dairy products, hides, skins, pet food, feed additives, and honey, and the import certificates for these products are still under discussion with USDA.
15 May 2013 Russia Kuwait Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides information on export certificates required by the Government of Kuwait from food exporting countries.
24 Apr 2013 Bahrain Bahrain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides information on the regulations governing importation of food and agricultural products to Bahrain.
19 Apr 2013 France France Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards France is a member of the European Union (EU) and generally follows EU directives and regulations, including those relating to the importation of food products. This report provides an overview of food laws in force in France that cover areas which are not yet harmonized. This report also provides contact information and technical reference materials for exporters of U.S. foods to France.
08 Mar 2013 Netherland Netherlands Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections were updated. This report should be read in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) – Country Report written by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium, GAIN E70048. The report focuses on the import regulations and standards that are not harmonized in the EU or where the Netherlands varies. The EU Regulations that were published in 2012 and measures that went into force in 2012 are detailed in this report.
08 Mar 2013 Belgium Belgium Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections were updated. This report should be read in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) – Country Report written by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium, GAIN E70048. This report focuses on the import regulations and standards that are not harmonized in the EU or where Belgium varies. The EU Regulations that were published in 2012, measures that went into force in 2012 and proposals are detailed in this report.
05 Feb 2013 Russia Russian Federation Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report highlights export certification requirements for Russia. Please note that certification requirements have and will continue to undergo change as Russia reforms its regulations to meet Customs Union and WTO commitments.
05 Feb 2013 Indonesia Indonesia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides updated technical information for requirements and regulations on food and agriculture products as are currently required by the Government of Indonesia (GOI).
04 Feb 2013 Pakistan Pakistan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines regulatory requirements and import procedures for food and agricultural imports into Pakistan. Compared to the previous report released in 2011, sections I has been modified. All imports into Pakistan are governed by the Import Policy Order issued by the Ministry of Commerce. The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority is the national standardization body. Pakistan’s food imports are regulated by the federal government and food safety standards are regulated by the provincial governments.
04 Feb 2013 Germany Germany Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Germany is a member of the European Union (EU) and generally follows EU directives and regulations, including those relating to the importation of food products. This report provides an overview of food laws in force in Germany that cover areas which are not yet harmonized. This report also provides contact information and technical reference materials for exporters of U.S. foods to Germany.
01 Feb 2013 Russia Russia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an overview of general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports imposed by the Russian Federation. The following sections of this report have seen substantial revisions from the 2011 FAIRS report: Section I: Food Laws, Section II: Labeling Requirements, Section VI: Other Regulations and Requirements, and Section IX: Import Procedures.
28 Jan 2013 Venezuela Venezuela Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Caracas for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While all possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available.
23 Jan 2013 Korea Republic Korea Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Sections Updated: Section I, II, IV, V, VI, VII and Appendix I, II. The updates include the creation of a consolidated new Act covering both organic produce and processed products and the extension of acceptance of U.S. processed organic products that are certified by the National Organic Program until December 31, 2013.
23 Jan 2013 Venezuela Venezuela Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is responsible, through its different Ministries, for issuing import permits, import licenses and conducting processed food product registrations.
17 Jan 2013 Korea Republic Korea Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Korea’s acceptance of organic certificates for processed organic products issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program’s accredited certifiers has been extended until December 31, 2013. No other significant changes have been made.
09 Jan 2013 Oman Oman Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Dubai for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products. The report provides guidance on required certificates for food products shipped to Oman. While all possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped.
04 Jan 2013 Japan Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Updated Sections: I. Food Laws; II. Labeling Requirements; IV. Food Additives Regulations; V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants; VI. Other Regulations and Requirements; VII. Other Specific Standards.
04 Jan 2013 Japan Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report of January 4, 2013.
04 Jan 2013 India India Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative *Updated on December 31, 2012* All sections updated.* Food Security Bill Introduced- but still waiting for Parliamentary Approval * Full implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 * First amendment to Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011 * Draft Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2011 * Multi-Brand Retail Investment Policy Moves Forward at the State Level* Multiple amendments to Legal Metrology (packaged commodities) rules, 2011 * GOI mandates standard retail package sizes for foods and beverages effective November 1, 2012 * New guidelines on labeling of imported products*
03 Jan 2013 Argentina Argentina Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides overall information on regulations and standards for importing U.S. food and beverages into Argentina. However, Post recommends U.S. suppliers interested in the Argentine market to contact local importers to find out about specific rules and regulations that may apply to particular products. In general, Argentina has potential for imports of agricultural products, although unexpected changes in import procedures may require additional efforts to ensure that export operations are feasible.
31 Dec 2012 Honduras Honduras Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This FAIRS report provides updates to sections: Food Laws, Labeling Requirements and Food Additives.
31 Dec 2012 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The United Arab Emirates (UAE), as a member of the GCC, continues to collaborate with other 5 member states to unify the rules and regulations governing food imports in the region. This report provides detailed information on UAE food import procedures, regulations and laws.
31 Dec 2012 Philippines Philippines Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines Philippine government requirements for the importation of food and agricultural products. The report aims to assist U.S. exporters by providing information on labeling, packaging, permitted ingredients and other relevant information. It also provides points of contact for key Philippine government authorities, U.S. government agencies and trade associations. Sections I and VII have been updated.
31 Dec 2012 China P rp China Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists major export certificates required by the Chinese government for imports of food and agricultural products.
31 Dec 2012 Serbia Serbia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides guidance on the certificate requirements for agricultural and food products imported into the Serbian market and includes the certificates that are standardized between the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and the relevant US authorities (USDA/APHIS, USDA/FSIS, USDA/AMS, and FDA).
28 Dec 2012 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This FAIRS Report provides the list of model certificates required by Saudi Arabia’s regulatory agencies to export food and agricultural products to the Saudi market. The SFDA is now requiring that U.S. poultry meat exports to Saudi Arabia must be accompanied by an attestation from the USDA/FSIS stipulating that exported products were obtained from poultry that was not fed with feed containing animal protein, fat or remnants of animal origin.
28 Dec 2012 BosniA-Hrzgovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) requires various certificates for imported food products which must be signed by the designated authorities. However, there are no specific formats that exporters are required to use, except for phytosanitary certificates that must be in accordance with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
28 Dec 2012 Serbia Serbia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides information on Serbian regulations and standards concerning food, agriculture, agricultural products and foreign trade. It includes information on labeling, packaging, food additives and import procedures. Important points of contact or relevant government agencies for U.S. food exporters are listed in the Appendices.
27 Dec 2012 EU-28 EU-27 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report updates each of the nine sections and provides an overview of food laws currently in force in the EU-27.
27 Dec 2012 Romania Romania Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an update on the regulatory framework that governs imports of agri-food products into Romania. The report should be read in conjunction with the FAIRS report prepared at EU level.
27 Dec 2012 Lithuania Lithuania Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Lithuania as a member of the European Union (EU) and applies EU regulatory requirements for import of products of animal or plant origin. The EU has harmonized export certification requirements for most products.
27 Dec 2012 Lithuania Lithuania Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Report Sections updated: All sections were updated. The EU Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report for EU-27, prepared by the US Mission to the EU in Brussels, available at http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Pages/Default.aspx or via link EU 27 FAIRS Report should be reviewed in conjunction with this report.
26 Dec 2012 Mexico Mexico Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report highlights changes made to various laws and norms published during 2012. Mexican regulations mentioned remain the same unless otherwise noted.
26 Dec 2012 Mexico Mexico Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report identifies current export certificates issued by the competent United States government agencies, to comply with Mexican import standards and regulations or to attest that the corresponding agricultural products are subject to U.S. regulation. There are no significant changes to certificate requirements since Post’s 2011 FAIRS report.
24 Dec 2012 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This FAIRS Country Report contains the regulatory requirements and procedures for importing food and agricultural products into the Saudi market. The Food Laws Section of this report provides updated information on Saudi Arabia’s requirements for U.S. poultry meat exports under the 2005 Saudi-U.S. agreement regarding Saudi Arabia’s WTO accession.
24 Dec 2012 Poland Poland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections of the report were updated. Poland applies EU directives and regulations with but a few exceptions. U.S. suppliers should verify with the respective FSIS or APHIS Inspection offices or the importer for latest EU/Polish import requirements prior to export.
21 Dec 2012 China P rp China Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an index of major agricultural product import regulations and standards translated and published by the Office of Agriculture Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing through December 2012. Updates include changes to food laws, labeling requirements, packaging and container requirements, food additive regulations, multiple commodity regulations, commodity specific regulations, and import procedures.
21 Dec 2012 Croatia Croatia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides information on the export certificates required by the Government of Croatia for processed food, agricultural food products, live animals (cattle, pets, etc), livestock feed and supplements. All sections of this annual report were updated in November 2012. It should be noted that due to Croatia’s rapid harmonization of food legislation with EU legislation, information in this report should be double checked for obsolescence with the USDA office in Croatia
21 Dec 2012 Canada Canada Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The report identifies export certificates issued by U.S. government issuing authorities to comply with Canadian import standards and regulations or to attest that the product is subject to U.S. government regulation. This report serves as a supplement to the Food and Agricultural Importation Regulation Report (FAIRS) submitted in December 2011, CA 12030. Updates, including some new hyperlinks and up to date contact information, were made to the sections covering Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contacts, organic standards, and the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Certification.
21 Dec 2012 BosniA-Hrzgovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Sections updated: I, III, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX.
21 Dec 2012 Thailand Thailand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative TH2144: Minor changes have been made to this report. Revised information include: food prohibited to be manufactured, imported and sold (Section 1.2.2); requirements of good manufacturing practices (Section 1.3.1 D); labeling of cow’s milk (Section 2.1.4); food containing contaminants (Section 5.2); specific import control on pork meat (Section 6.7); and specific import controls on fruits and vegetables (Section 6.9).
20 Dec 2012 Thailand Thailand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists certificates required by Thai Government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand including 56 processed and unprocessed food items, other prepackaged processed food, fruit and vegetables, live animals, boneless beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, and hides and skins.
20 Dec 2012 Romania Romania Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Romania applies the EU regulations on imports of animal and non-animal products from third countries. National legislation is harmonized with the EU one, including the general requirements for all veterinary health certificates; however, there are specific categories of products that have additional national import requirements beside the aligned certificates.
20 Dec 2012 El Salvador El Salvador Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Sections Updated: Section I. List of all Export Certificates Required by Government, Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate (s), Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements and Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate.
19 Dec 2012 Tunisia Tunisia ood and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report provides an overview of the food laws and regulatory environment in Tunisia as it relates to U.S. food and agricultural exports.
18 Dec 2012 Taiwan Taiwan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative In 2011, Taiwan was the sixth largest export market for U.S. food and agricultural products (US$3.7 billion.) All food and agricultural products, whether domestic or imported, must comply with a range of laws designed to protect human health and prevent the introduction of animal and plant pests or diseases.
18 Dec 2012 Guatemala Guatemala Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides a detailed explanation of the certificates that Government of Guatemala requires for U.S. food and agricultural products to be imported. It contains links to official sites where specific inquiries can be made and responded to (for example, microbiological criteria or standards). It also provides a matrix of certificates required for certain processed products, which have requirements from both the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.
14 Dec 2012 Colombia Colombia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an annual update of the food and agricultural imports regulations and enforcement governmental mechanisms in Colombia.
13 Dec 2012 Morocco Morocco Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative 2012 The Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) report provides an overview of the food laws and regulatory environment in Morocco as it relates to U.S. food and agricultural exports.
12 Dec 2012 Senegal Senegal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative 2012 FAIRS Country Report This report is an annual update of the food and feed regulations and governmental enforcement mechanisms and bodies in Senegal. It includes references to the Codex Alimentarius system in Senegal, as well as, guidance on import procedures and documentation.
12 Dec 2012 Chile Chile Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative In July 2012 Chile approved Law 20606 in order to regulate the: “Nutritional Composition of Food and its Advertising”. The Ministry of Health is in the process of drafting the regulations and they will be ready soon for public comments.
11 Dec 2012 Australia Australia Canola Voluntary Report December 2012 Australia’s canola production in the local marketing year (MY) 2012/13 (December/November) is forecast at 2.7 million metric tons (MMT), down about 16 percent from last year’s record production level of an estimated 3.2 MMT, but still higher than the previous record of 2.2 MMT harvested in 2010/11.
11 Dec 2012 Trinidad And Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification U.S. Suppliers need to be mindful of certification requirements for agricultural products entering Trinidad and Tobago. Although Trinidad and Tobago is quite receptive to U.S. products and all required certificates can be readily obtained by U.S. suppliers, careful attention to certification details will help prevent costly customs clearance problems. This report outlines Trinidad and Tobago’s certification requirements and includes an Export Certificate Matrix as well as examples of select Export Certificates.
10 Dec 2012 Trinidad And Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative U.S. suppliers willing to clear initial hurdles will find Trinidad and Tobago is an import-friendly country allowing for relatively smooth flowing movement of food products through its borders.
07 Dec 2012 Bahamas Bahamas Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The Bahamas continues along the path of reforming much of its legislation and regulatory structures on food and agricultural products as a result of their World Trade Organization (WTO) accession process.
06 Dec 2012 Cuba Cuba Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The United States allows for the export of agricultural products to Cuba in conformity with the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. U.S. suppliers willing to navigate a detailed set of U.S. regulatory controls related to exporting to Cuba will find that the island is fairly receptive to U.S. products.
05 Dec 2012 Singapore Singapore Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Singapore is almost completely dependent on imports for its food security. While import regulations can be stringent, they are generally predictable, transparent, and science-based.
05 Dec 2012 Portugal Portugal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an update of PT1106 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Portugal, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation or regulations.
04 Dec 2012 El Salvador El Salvador Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Review of El Salvador’s Food and Agriculture Import Regulations and Standards (2012-2013). Updated Sections: Section II. Labeling Requirements, VI. Other Regulations and Requirements and Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts.
03 Dec 2012 Aruba Aruba Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative "Sections Updated: VIII and Appendix I & II." Aruba is very receptive to U.S. products. At the present time, Aruba has no food-specific legislation to regulate imported foods. U.S. standards for food and agricultural products are fully accepted.
03 Dec 2012 Hong Kong Hong Kong Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists the certificates required by the Hong Kong government (HKG) for U.S. exports to Hong Kong.
29 Nov 2012 Bermuda Bermuda Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Sections Updated: I, II, V, VI, IX and Appendices I & II. Overall Bermuda is very receptive to U.S. products. Bermuda accepts USDA and FDA food standards and regulations on all food products imported from the United States.
27 Nov 2012 Brazil Brazil Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines regulatory requirements for agricultural imports into Brazil, including import procedures. Compared to the previous report released in 2011, no significant modifications have been made. Some editing was made on Section I, VI, VII and IX.
21 Nov 2012 Ecuador Ecuador Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report has been updated to reflect the most recent changes in Ecuadorian laws and in the list of responsible agencies and organizations.
15 Nov 2012 Costa Rica Costa Rica Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Updated on 11/15/2012. Sections updated: Section I. Food Laws. Section II. Labeling Requirements. Section IV. Additive Regulations. Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts.
07 Nov 2012 Czech Republic Czech Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The Czech Republic has implemented all EU regulations regarding required export certifications. For information on EU export certifications, please see GAIN report no. E60015.
07 Nov 2012 Slovak Republic Slovakia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Slovak certificates for imports of products from third countries that do not have a harmonized certificate as provided by the European Commission are described in this report.
31 Oct 2012 Costa Rica Costa Rica Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report includes changes made to the requirements for importation of chipping potatoes under Section III.
31 Oct 2012 Netherlandantil Netherlands Antilles Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Updated Sections: I & V and Appendix II. With the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010, Curaçao, now an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is fully responsible for its own regulation of imported food and agricultural products.
31 Oct 2012 Spain Spain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Spain is a member of the European Union (EU) and it follows EU directives and regulations. This report is an update of SP1126 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation.
30 Oct 2012 Indonesia Indonesia Regulation on Importation of Horticulture Product to Indonesia The Government of Indonesia recently issued two corresponding ministerial regulations which regulate the importation of horticultural products. While the two regulations were separately issued by the Ministries of Agriculture (MOA) and Trade (MOT) respectively, they are both numbered 60/2012.
11 Oct 2012 Hong Kong Hong Kong Nutrition Labeling Regulation’s Impact on Food Choices The Hong Kong government (HKG) conducted two series of surveys gauging the impact of the newly implemented nutrition labeling regulation impact on food choices. The surveys indicated that prepackaged food items in the market amounted to 73,000 before the implementation of the nutrition labeling regulation. The number of food items increased slightly to 78,000 when the final part of the survey was conducted seven months after the inception of the new regulation. The HKG concluded that the implementation of the new regulation did not have any apparent impact on consumers’ food choices. However, it may arrive at a different conclusion if individual retail categories rather than the aggregate figures of all retail outlets were looked at.
05 Oct 2012 Indonesia Indonesia The Ministry of Health Publishes a New Regulation on Food Additives On July 12, 2012 the Minister of Health signed a new law regulating which ingredients can be legally used as food additives.
27 Aug 2012 China P rp National Food Safety Standard for Grain On June 4, 2012, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Grain as SPS/N/CHN/525. This standard applies to raw grains and grain products for human consumption, including cereals, beans, and potatoes. This standard does not apply to raw materials for the manufacture of edible oil. The date for submission of final comments to China is August 3, 2012. The proposed date of entry is to be determined. This report is an INFORMAL translation of this document.
23 Aug 2012 Croatia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides information on food import rules for Croatia. It includes information on labeling, packaging, food additives and import procedures. Important points of contact for U.S. food exporters are listed in the appendices. All sections of this annual report were updated in August 2012. It should be noted that due to Croatia’s rapid harmonization of food legislation with EU legislation, information in this report should be verified for accuracy with the USDA/FAS office in Croatia.
22 Aug 2012 Indonesia Minister of Agriculture Regulation No 42 and 43 Year 2012 New Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) regulations allow for countries with recognized food safety control system for fresh foods of plant origins (FFPO) to retain access to Jakarta’s primary seaport, Tanjung Priok, while other exporting countries are forced to ship to other designated ports. On June 13, 2012, the MOA issued two regulations, No. 42/2012 and No. 43/2012, respectively. Regulation 42 supersedes Regulation No. 37/2006 concerning fruit fly quarantine requirements and Regulation No. 15/2012 regarding the closure of Indonesian ports to specific horticultural products. Regulation 43 focuses on bulb vegetables and also replaces aspects of Regulation 37/2006, as well as Regulation No. 16/2012 on closure of specific ports to bulbs. The new regulations are in effect as of June 19, 2012.
21 Aug 2012 Australia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections of this report have been reviewed and updated to reflect new or updated laws and regulations. Australia is a major producer of raw materials and processed foods, but imports a growing volume of food and beverages. Imports have increased steadily over recent years. U.S. exports of consumer ready products to Australia have risen by over 110 percent in value in the past five years. All foods sold in Australia must comply with a range of laws designed to protect public health and safety, to ensure plant and animal pests and diseases are not introduced, and to assist consumers. These laws apply equally to imported and locally produced foods. The information contained in this report deals with both public health and quarantine requirements for foods imported into Australia. All imported food must first comply with quarantine and imported food requirements and then with food safety requirements.
10 Aug 2012 Croatia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides information on food import rules for Croatia. It includes information on labeling, packaging, food additives and import procedures. Important points of contact for U.S. food exporters are listed in the appendices. All sections of this annual report were updated in August 2012. It should be noted that due to Croatia’s rapid harmonization of food legislation with EU legislation, information in this report should be verified for accuracy with the USDA/FAS office in Croatia.
09 Aug 2012 Israel Food & Agricultural Import Regulations & Standards In the current report the following sections have been updated: Request for permission to import biotic material ; Heavy Metals in Foodstuffs ; New Ingredients that were approved/not approved by the Israeli Ministry of Health for use in Dietary Supplements ; In 2011, the following food color additives have been forbidden for use in morning cereals (E127) Erythrosine and Indigo carmine (E132) ; New amendment to Mandatory Standard SI 373, Honey and honey products ; Draft on Restriction on advertising and marketing of alcoholic beverages Law, which was initiated by the Ministry of Health ; List of the requirements for importing Medical Food ; Updated import list of “Sensitive” food products ; Updated import requirements for organic food and agricultural products ; Summarize of all TBT notifications that Israel submitted to the WTO ; Approved plants and mushrooms for use in food and food additives; Labeling regulation for food products containing GM ingredients is expected to be implemented by the end of 2012. According to the proposed law, it is suggested that labeling will be only required for food products that exceed the 0.9% of the food ingredients considered individually or of the total ingredients.
27 Jul 2012 Denmark Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report gives an overview of food laws currently in force in Denmark. For information on the general EU level, please refer to the USEU Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report. Updates have been made in Section VI, B (Other Regulations and Requirements, Certification and Documentation Requirements).
27 Jul 2012 Canada Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative In 2012, the primary area in which there has been a significant regulatory change is allergen labeling. However, it is worthwhile to note that there are new updates and changes via the Regulatory Cooperation Committee (RCC), the Beyond the Border Initiative (BtB), and upcoming food safety legislation on the horizon.
25 Jul 2012 China P rp National Standard of Seed Potatoes (Draft for Approvals) On July 18, 2012, China notified the WTO of National Standard of Seed Potatoes as G/TBT/N/CHN/920. The standard was drafted for regulating the production of seed potatoes, maintaining seed potato trade order, promoting supervision and administration, and protecting the benefits of farmers. The date for submission of final comments to China is September 16, 2012. The proposed date of adoption of the standard is 90 days after its notification to the WTO, and date of its entry into force is 6 months after the notification.
24 Jul 2012 Iceland Islands Food and Agriculture Import Regulations and Standards-Narrative In the absence of sanitary product registration requirements, significant labeling standards, and laboratory testing, the Cayman Islands are very receptive toward imported foods. Import permits and sanitary export certificates for plant and plant products, live animals, meats, and fish constitute the major requirements for exporting food and agricultural products to the Cayman Islands.
20 Jul 2012 Kuwait Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides important information on the laws and regulations governing food importation into the State of Kuwait.
17 Jul 2012 Nigeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The responsibilities for regulating Nigeria?s food safety systems devolve within many GON organizations and agencies although National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has played the lead role over the past decade. In 2010, the USDA/FAS collaborated with NAFDAC on a HACCP conference where all sectors in Nigeria?s entire food safety chain participated. The HACCP conference underpinned the subsequent inauguration of Nigeria?s National Food Safety Management Committee (NFSMC) which will take responsibility for food safety systems and operations when fully institutionalized.
12 Jul 2012 Peru Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report identifies Peru’s import requirements for export certificates and procedures as well as the relevant Peruvian agencies for each request. An export certificate matrix and outlines for export certificates are also included.
06 Jul 2012 Bahrain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides detailed information on the rules and regulations governing food imports to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
22 Jun 2012 Indonesia Minister of Agriculture Regulation No 42 and 43 Year 2012 New Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) regulations allow for countries with recognized food safety control system for fresh foods of plant origins (FFPO) to retain access to Jakarta’s primary seaport, Tanjung Priok, while other exporting countries are forced to ship to other designated ports. On June 13, 2012, the MOA issued two regulations, No. 42/2012 and No. 43/2012, respectively. Regulation 42 supersedes Regulation No. 37/2006 concerning fruit fly quarantine requirements and Regulation No. 15/2012 regarding the closure of Indonesian ports to specific horticultural products. Regulation 43 focuses on bulb vegetables and also replaces aspects of Regulation 37/2006, as well as Regulation No. 16/2012 on closure of specific ports to bulbs. The new regulations are in effect as of June 19, 2012.
20 Jun 2012 Bahrain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides detailed information on the rules and regulations governing food imports to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
20 Jun 2012 Kuwait Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides important information on the laws and regulations governing food importation into the State of Kuwait.
16 Jun 2012 Ghana Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report was updated April 24, 2012 and the areas updated are: Section I- Food Laws: The review and amendment of the Food and Drugs law that was initiated last year is still in progress. Section VI- Other Regulations and Requirements (section C): The FDB has revised the registration fee for vetting, processing and documentation of all imported food products. "This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Elmasoeur Ashitey Marcela Rondon 2012 FAIRS Country Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Ghana 5/16/2012 Required Report - public distribution Service in Accra, Ghana for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products.
07 Jun 2012 Norway Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report gives an overview of food laws currently in force in Norway. Being a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), Norway applies relevant legislation on food standards.
07 Jun 2012 Norway Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report gives an overview of food laws currently in force in Norway. Being a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), Norway applies relevant legislation on food standards.
16 May 2012 Ghana Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report was updated April 24, 2012 and the areas updated are: Section I- Food Laws: The review and amendment of the Food and Drugs law that was initiated last year is still in progress. Section VI- Other Regulations and Requirements (section C): The FDB has revised the registration fee for vetting, processing and documentation of all imported food products
15 May 2012 Greece Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides updated contact information for Greece and gives an overview of Greek food laws in the EU context. Information on EU Member State specific requirements can be found in the FAIRS reports prepared by the Offices of Agricultural Affairs in the individual EU Member States:
15 May 2012 Greece Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides updated contact information for Greece and gives an overview of Greek food laws in the EU context. Information on EU Member State specific requirements can be found in the FAIRS reports prepared by the Offices of Agricultural Affairs in the individual EU Member States: http://www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu/fairs.html. Ornella Bettini Jim Dever FAIRS Country Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Greece GR1205 5/15/2012 Required Report - public distribution DISCLAIMER: This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Rome, Italy for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products.
12 Apr 2012 Indonesia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists the major export certificates and other requirements expected by the Indonesian government from U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products.
08 Apr 2012 Oman Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Oman, as a member of the GCC countries, adopts all the Gulf Standard Organization food import regulations, including food products shelf life. This report provides detailed information on the Sultanate of Oman's food import regulations.
08 Apr 2012 Qatar Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report contains detailed information on Qatar's rules and regulations governing importation of food products.
28 Mar 2012 Korea Republic Residue Detection Regulations for Imported Livestock Products The Quarantine and Inspection Agency (QIA) under the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries conducts random residue testing on imported livestock products. The regulatory response to detections depends on whether the finding exceeds the set maximum residue limit and the chemical type.
25 Mar 2012 United Arab Emirates Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The United Arab Emirates (UAE), as a member of the GCC, continues to collaborate with other 5 member states to unify the rules and regulations governing food imports in the region. This report provides detailed information on UAE food import procedures, regulations and laws.
22 Mar 2012 Costa Rica Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report includes updated information related to the use of the Apostille instead of consularization of documents used in the registration process of processed food products. The report also updates information related to import requirements for meat products and processed meat products.
16 Mar 2012 Italy Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides updated contact information for Italy and gives an overview of Italian food laws in the EU context. Information on EU Member State specific requirements can be found in the FAIRS reports prepared by the Offices of Agricultural Affairs in the individual EU Member States: http://www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu/fairs.html
15 Mar 2012 South Africa South Africa Food and Agricultural Import Regulations: Trans-Fats In February 2011, The Ministry of Health announced new regulations under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics, and Disinfectants Act of 1972, which concern the presence of trans-fats in foods. The new regulation goes into effect six-months after the notification. According to regulation, a maximum trans-fat content of two grams per 100 grams, per serving, is allowed in the final product. This regulation is expected to enter into force in August, 2011. FAS/Pretoria learned that this regulation has negatively affected the sourcing of some U.S. consumer-oriented products during a recent EMP funded South African retail food sector assessment.
09 Mar 2012 China P rp Regulation on Feed and Feed Additive Import Registration (Amended Draft for Comments) On March 1, 2012, China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) published a Notice on “Regulation on Feed and Feed Additive Import Registration (Amended Draft for Comments)” for public comments, which are due on March 31, 2012. This draft regulation replaces the current “Regulation on Feed and Feed Additive Import Registration (enforced on August 17, 2000),” and provides further details on Decree 609 (CH12008). Please note the MOA Notice provides details on major amendments to the regulation. This report contains an UNOFFICIAL translation of the draft regulation.
24 Feb 2012 Germany Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Germany is a member of the European Union (EU) and generally follows EU directives and regulations, including those relating to the importation of food products. This report provides an overview of food laws in force in Germany that cover areas which are not yet harmonized. Food laws currently in force in the EU-27 are summarized in the EU-27 FAIRS report.
15 Feb 2012 Belgium Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections were updated. This report should be read in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) – Country Report written by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium, GAIN E60080. The report focuses on the import regulations and standards that are not harmonized in the EU or where the Netherlands varies. Also the EU Regulations that were published in 2011 and measures that went into force in 2011 are detailed in this report.
15 Feb 2012 Netherland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections were updated. This report should be read in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) – Country Report written by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium, GAIN E60080. The report focuses on the import regulations and standards that are not harmonized in the EU or where the Netherlands varies. Also the EU Regulations that were published in 2011 and measures that went into force in 2011 are detailed in this report.
10 Feb 2012 China P rp 12th Five-year Plan on National Food Safety Standards On January 30, 2012, the Ministry of Health released the 12th Five-year Plan on National Food Safety Standards and is soliciting public comments on the Plan. The Plan reviews the status of the food safety standards and sets objectives for future food safety standard work and safeguard measures to fulfill the objectives.
03 Feb 2012 Korea Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Sections Updated: Section I, II, IV, V, VI, VII, IX and Appendix I, II. Several of the key updates include: the creation of a consolidated Quarantine and Inspection Agency (QIA) under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (MIFAFF); revised caffeine labeling requirements; and a newly established requirement mandating overseas laboratories conducting biotech testing on foods destined for Korea be accredited by the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA).
02 Feb 2012 China P rp National Food Safety Standard on Polyethylene Resin On November 17, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Polyethylene Resin as SPS/N/CHN/482. This standard applies to polyethylene resin made of ethylene homopolymer and copolymers of ethylene and olefin used for food containers and packaging materials. This standard stipulates technical requirements and packaging requirements of polyethylene resin used for food containers and packaging materials. The date for submission of final comments to China is January 16, 2012. The proposed date of entry is to be determined.
02 Feb 2012 China P rp National Food Safety Standard on Vegetable Activated Carbon On November 18, 2011, China notified the WTO of National Food Safety Standard: Food Additive Vegetable Activated Carbon (Wooden Activated Carbon) as SPS/N/CHN/495. This standard applies to food additive vegetable activated carbon (wooden activated carbon) made from plant materials such as sawdust, coconut shells, and nutshells through physical or chemical method. The date for submission of final comments to China is January 17, 2012. The proposed date of entry is to be determined.
31 Jan 2012 India Corrigenda on Food Safety and Standards Regulations2011 The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, notified a corrigenda on the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011.
27 Jan 2012 Costa Rica Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Updated on 01/27/2012. Sections updated: Section I. Food Laws. Section II. Labeling Requirements. Section IX. Import Procedures. Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts.
27 Jan 2012 Korea Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Korea’s Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine Inspection Agency (QIA) was created in 2011 by merging the three agencies responsible for animal and livestock products, plants, and fisheries respectively. The report has been updated to reflect this change. No other substantive changes were made.
06 Jan 2012 India First Amendments to the Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011 On December 29, 2011, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a draft gazette notification amending the Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011. The amendments pertain to (i) labeling of food products, (ii) use of food additives, (iii) prohibition and restriction on sales, and (iv) laboratory and sample analysis. The FSSAI has invited comments from stakeholders by January 12, 2012.
03 Jan 2012 Canada Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Canada has introduced some food and agricultural regulations and initiatives in 2011 that may be of importance to U.S. exporters. Some of these regulations and/or initiatives include the approval of new health claims, new allergen labeling regulations, regulatory amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to allow the use of sodium diacetate in meat products, as well as voluntary targets for sodium reduction for pre-packaged (processed) foods.
31 Dec 2011 China P rp Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists major export certificates required by the Chinese government from exporters of food and agricultural products.
31 Dec 2011 Guatemala Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides a detailed explanation of the export certificates that Government of Guatemala requires for U.S. food and agricultural products to be imported. It contains links to official sites where specific inquiries can be made and responded to (for example, microbiological criteria or standards that must be complied with). It also provides a matrix of certificates required for certain processed products, which have requirements from both the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.
31 Dec 2011 Malaysia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification On July 1, 2011 Malaysia’s veterinary authority imposed on-site inspection requirement for foreign pork abattoirs. Pork product imports are only allowed from abattoirs that have been inspected and approved by the Department of Veterinary Services. On December 14, Malaysia notified the WTO on a regulation related to halal certification and labeling.
30 Dec 2011 Russia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report highlights export certification requirements for Russia. Please note that certification requirements have and will continue to undergo change as Russia reforms its regulations to meet Customs Union and soon WTO Accession commitments. Exporters are highly advised to verify the export certification requirements with their importer.
30 Dec 2011 Kenya Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The Government of Kenya protects “sensitive” agricultural commodities and derived food products, including meat, poultry, and dairy using non-tariff barriers, such as certificates of export that must be presented by the trade-agent at the point of import into Kenya.
30 Dec 2011 Czech Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides information on the laws and regulations for food, import rules for food, and contact information in the Czech Republic. It is recommended to read the EU-27 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards report because the Czech Republic, a member of the European Union, follows the EU directives and regulations
30 Dec 2011 New Zealand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines regulatory requirements for food and agricultural products exported to New Zealand. The sections on food laws, copyright and trademarks laws have been updated since the last report.
30 Dec 2011 EU-28 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report updates each of the nine sections and provides an overview of food laws currently in force in the EU-27. In order to facilitate the reading of this report, updates specific to 2011 have been highlighted. European Commission proposals/initiatives which may have an impact on U.S. exporters are also included. Information published on the USEU/FAS website will be transferred to a new website in the first half of 2012.
30 Dec 2011 Guatemala Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The Food Safety Unit of Ministry of Agriculture is enforcing food safety regulations and as of November 1, 2011, a self Certificate of Attestation has to be issued by U.S. horticultural exporters. Meats and products (including eggs) are still subject to the FSIS-9060 form only. Though U.S. food export products are not required to submit food safety documentation, products are responsible to comply with microbiological, chemical, veterinarian and mycotoxin maximum residues requirements.
29 Dec 2011 Pakistan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines regulatory requirements and import procedures for food and agricultural imports into Pakistan. Compared to the previous report released in 2010, sections I, VI, VIII and IX have been modified. All imports into Pakistan are governed by the Import Policy Order issued by the Ministry of Commerce annually. The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority is the national standardization body. Pakistan’s food imports are generally regulated by the federal government and food standards are regulated by the provincial governments. Pakistan food laws cover 104 food items falling into nine broad categories.
29 Dec 2011 Serbia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Report provides guidance on the export certificate requirements for export of agricultural and food products to the Serbian market. This report covers the health certificates that are standardized between Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and USDA/APHIS for exports from the United States to Serbia, including health certificate for export of live cattle standardized in July 2011.
29 Dec 2011 Trinidad And Tobago Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report was prepared by the Caribbean Basin Agricultural Trade Office (CBATO) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)/U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Miami, Florida for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped.
29 Dec 2011 BosniA-Hrzgovina Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) requires various certificates for imported food products. However, there are no specific formats that exporters are required to use, except for phytosanitary certificates that should be in accordance with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). Some veterinary certificates need to contain certain statements set by the State Veterinary Office (SVO).
28 Dec 2011 Malaysia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative On July 1, 2011 Malaysia imposed an on-site inspection requirement for foreign pork abattoirs. On October 1, 2011, Malaysia began fully enforcing new grading, packaging and labeling regulations on fruits and vegetables. On December 14, Malaysia notified the WTO regarding a regulation on halal certification and use of labeling. In July 2012, the Ministry of Health is scheduled to begin enforcing mandatory labeling of food and food ingredients obtained through modern biotechnology.
28 Dec 2011 Chile Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Final letterhead certificate for all fresh/chilled/ frozen bovine meat products including offal was agreed on. Please see the appendix of this report for a sample. The Chileans open the market for U.S. pork casings.
28 Dec 2011 Indonesia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides the updated technical requirements and regulation on food and agriculture products imposed by Government of Indonesia.
28 Dec 2011 Trinidad And Tobago Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative U.S. suppliers willing to clear initial hurdles will find Trinidad and Tobago is an import-friendly country allowing for relatively smooth flowing movement of food products through its borders. While most U.S. standards are fully acceptable, special attention needs to be given to licensing, certification, labeling and documentation for select products in order to avoid customs clearance delays.
28 Dec 2011 Bahamas Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The Bahamas is currently in the midst of reforming much of its legislation and regulatory structures on food and agricultural products as a result of their World Trade Organization (WTO) accession process. New and more detailed labeling requirements, among other changes, are expected to be enacted in 2012. Still, these changes are not expected to alter the fact that The Bahamas is very receptive to U.S. products. With 95 percent of food and agricultural product imports traditionally coming from the United States, The Bahamas recognizes and accepts U.S. standards for nearly all farm products.
27 Dec 2011 Mexico Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Section I. Food Laws, Section II. Labeling Requirements, Section III. Packing and Container Regulations, Section IV. Food Additive Regulations, Section V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants, Section VI. Other Regulations and Requirements, Section VII. Other Specific Standards, Section VIII. Projected Regulatory Amendments, Section IX. Copyright and/or Trademark Laws, Section X. Import Procedures, Section XI. Relevant Reports, Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts, Appendix II. Other Import Specialist Contacts, Appendix III. List of Mexican Food and Agriculture Regulatory Agencies, Appendix IV. List of Approved Food Additives Hermetically Sealed Subject to Heat Treatment, Diagram I. Imports of U.S. Agricultural Goods to Mexico
27 Dec 2011 Saudi Arabia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative FAIRS Country Report provides useful information about regulatory requirements and import procedures for food and agricultural imports as they are established and enforced by the government of Saudi Arabia. The Food Laws Section of this report is updated with information on the newly revised animal feed subsidy and the Saudi government’s decision to eliminate and/or reduce duties on imported foodstuffs.
23 Dec 2011 Canada Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The report identifies export certificates issued by U.S. government issuing authorities to comply with Canadian import standards and regulations or to attest that the product is subject to U.S. government regulation. This report is intended as a supplement to the Food and Agricultural Importation Regulation Report (FAIRS) submitted in December 2011, CA11073. Updates, including some new hyperlinks and up to date contact information, were made to the sections covering Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contacts, organic standards, and the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Certification.
22 Dec 2011 Chile Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Chile actively participates in the World Trade Organization and the CODEX Alimentarius Commission. Because Chile is concerned that unscientific technical trade barriers may adversely affect its exports, the government supports the standardization of sanitary and phytosanitary trading regulations
20 Dec 2011 Russia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an overview of general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports imposed by the Russian Federation. Substantial sections of this report have been updated from the 2010 FAIRS report, including: Section I: Food Laws, Section V: Pesticides and Other Contaminants, Section VI: Other Regulations and Requirements, Section VII: Other Specific Standards, Section VIII: Copyright and Trademark Laws, and Section IX: Import Procedures
16 Dec 2011 Spain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an update of SP1022 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation or regulation. This report should be read in conjunction with the EU-27 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report,
14 Dec 2011 Nigeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The responsibilities for regulating Nigeria‟s food safety systems devolve within many GON organizations and agencies although NAFDAC (Nigeria‟s FDA equivalent) has played the lead role over the past decade. In 2010, the USDA/FAS collaborated with NAFDAC on a HACCP conference where all sectors in Nigeria‟s entire food safety chain participated.
14 Dec 2011 Honduras Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Sections Updated: There are no changes in the import requirements of the Government of Honduras
13 Dec 2011 Finland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification As a member of the European Union (EU), Finland fully applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirements with regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs into Finland.
13 Dec 2011 Tunisia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This Food and Agricultural Import Regulations Report updates the sections concerning food laws, labeling requirements, and specific standards and import procedures in Tunisia. The process of approving new and comprehensive food legislations in 2011 has been disrupted by the Tunisian revolution and the fall of Ben Ali‟s regime in January 2011.
12 Dec 2011 Iraq Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is still going through a transition from a centrally-run economic system to a more market-oriented economy. Across the government, many regulations and policies are being revised; therefore, information in this report is subject to change. Iraqi importers can confirm current regulations through local authorities. Regulatory agencies and contacts are provided in the appendix.
12 Dec 2011 Colombia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an annual update of the food and agricultural imports regulations and governmental enforcement mechanisms in Colombia. The following sections were updated: I. SECTION II.LABELING REQUIREMENTS, B. Requirements for other specific labeling requirements: Biotechnology, Nutritional Labeling and Additives Labeling; SECTION VI. OTHER REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: Import Duties; SECTION VIII. COPYRIGHT AND/OR TRADEMARK LAWS: Patents and Trademarks; SECTION IX. IMPORT PROCEDURES: Beef and Pork, Not-Transformed (Fresh, Chilled or Frozen), Beef and Pork, Transformed (fresh, chilled or frozen), Import Requirements for Poultry Meat (whole birds), not transformed, Poultry Parts (fresh, chilled or frozen), Milk.
09 Dec 2011 Thailand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative TH1153: Food safety is under the purview of the Ministry of Public Health through the Food Act of B.E. 2522 (1979). The Food Act gives MOPH’s FDA the authority to license, inspect, recall and establish safety and quality standards for food products. Thailand usually follows Codex standards for food additives and Codex MRLs for pesticides and veterinary drugs.
09 Dec 2011 Senegal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides information on export certificates required by the Government of Senegal (GOS) for processed food, animal products, live animals (cattle, pets, etc), plants, and products for animal consumption. There has been no change from the 2010 report.
06 Dec 2011 Hong Kong Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative With the commencement of the Genetically Modified Organisms (Control of Release) Ordinance and the Genetically Modified Organisms (Documentation for Import and Export) Regulation in March 2011, there are documentation requirements for shipments containing living modified organisms. The Food Safety Ordinance, a new food law, which introduces a food tracing mechanism by requiring traders to register and keep trade records commenced in August 2011 with a six-month grace period. New legislative initiatives for 2012 include mandatory certification requirements for egg imports and the introduction of Hong Kong’s new pesticide regulation. Updates on Hong Kong’s proposed pesticide framework are provided in Section V.
22 Nov 2011 Portugal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an update of PO7007 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Portugal, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation or regulations. This report should be read in conjunction with the EU-27 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report.
21 Nov 2011 Sweden Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification As a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden fully applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirements with regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs into Sweden.
04 Nov 2011 Ukraine Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative There have been some changes affecting agricultural product quality, safety, and sanitation regulations in Ukraine since the submission of the last report. Ukraine undertook an Administrative Reform and actively changed names and authorities of state regulatory bodies. Significant changes took place in the Conformity Certification area (see Section VI). Information on Food Laws (Section I) was significantly updated and changed. Contact information for Ukrainian regulatory authorities has been updated to match new regulatory functions.
31 Oct 2011 Belize Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The documentation needed to import food and agricultural products into Belize is an import permit from BAHA, an SPS certificate, a certificate of origin, a commercial invoice, and a bill of lading. Most plant products will also need a certificate of treatment and inspection by quarantine officials.
30 Oct 2011 Russia Customs Clearance Points for Raw Meat and Poultry On November 17, 2011, the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS) issued Order #2342, directed at normalizing operations connected with the customs declaration and the release of meat and poultry classified under HS 02 TN VED imported into the customs territory of the Customs Union. Most importantly, it defines the list of customs clearance points in the Russian Federation for raw meat and poultry imports.
28 Oct 2011 El Salvador Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative El Salvador does not have a specific food law that applies to imported foodstuffs. Instead, the Salvadoran Health Code is the most widely used instrument to enforce local food safety. The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MPHSA) is in charge of all registrations and authorizations to import, manufacture, and sell foodstuffs and beverages, as well as any raw materials used in the production process.
24 Oct 2011 Croatia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides information on the export certificates required by the Government of Croatia for processed food, agricultural food products, live animals (cattle, pets, etc), products for animal consumption, and feed. All sections of this annual report were updated in October 2011. It should be noted that due to Croatia’s rapid harmonization of food legislation with EU legislation, information in this report should be double checked for obsolescence with the USDA office in Croatia
21 Oct 2011 Australia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides guidance on export certificate requirements for a representative sample of products that have been identified as having excellent prospects in the Australian market. The information required to import into Australia is complex and changes frequently. It is therefore not possible to provide comprehensive information for every product in this report.
18 Jul 2011 Vietnam Social Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides a summary of the documents required to export food and agricultural products from the United States to Vietnam. One of the most substantive new requirements is that U.S. companies that wish to export meat, poultry, and seafood products to Vietnam must register by completing Appendix 3 of "Circular 25" in order to become an approved Food Business Operator, this is covered in section five of this report. A collection of the most commonly used export documents for Vietnam are included in the Appendices.
26 Apr 2011 Indonesia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists the major export certificates and other requirements expected by the Indonesian government from U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products.
11 Apr 2011 Aruba Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Aruba is very receptive to U.S. products. At the present time, Aruba has no food-specific legislation to regulate imported foods. U.S. standards for food and agricultural products are fully accepted. Import licenses are required for select agricultural products.
06 Apr 2011 United Arab Emirates Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), six countries that include the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) in Dubai covers Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and UAE (also known as the GCC-5).
23 Mar 2011 EU-28 Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This guide provides an overview of the required health certificates for exporting plants, animals, food and other products of animal origin to the EU. All relevant U.S. regulatory agencies have been informed of the wide range of certificate changes made in the past months and they have updated their export manuals to reflect these changes.
23 Feb 2011 Romania Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an update on the regulatory framework that governs imports of agri-food products into Romania.
09 Feb 2011 Netherland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections were updated. This report should be read in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) – Country Report written by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium, GAIN E57011.
09 Feb 2011 Belgium Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections were updated. This report should be read in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) – Country Report written by the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium, GAIN E57011.
04 Feb 2011 Turkey Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The content of this report is nearly identical to USDA FAS GAIN report “TU8044- FAIRS Export Certificate Report” published on November 24, 2008. One notable addition is information about the protocol for importation of live breeding bulls from the United States to Turkey.
01 Feb 2011 Germany Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Germany is a member of the European Union (EU) and generally follows EU directives and regulations, including those relating to the importation of food products. This report provides an overview of food laws in force in Germany that cover areas which are not yet harmonized. Food laws currently in force in the EU-27 are summarized in the EU-27 FAIRS report.
26 Jan 2011 Malaysia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report is on Malaysian government's requirements for export certificate to import U.S. food and agricultural products. No changes.
25 Jan 2011 Austria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report covers only specific export certificate requirements by Austria, which are different from EU requirements.
14 Jan 2011 Finland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Sections updated: Section I and Section III. As a member of the European Union (EU), Finland fully applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirements with regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs into Finland.
05 Jan 2011 Korea Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification KFDA’s certification system for processed organic products will remain in place until the end of 2012 and will be replaced by a MIFAFF certification system.
03 Jan 2011 Ecuador Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report has been updated to reflect the most recent changes in Ecuador Health Law and changes in the list of responsible agencies and organizations. It is important to note that Ecuador is enforcing a new constitution approved by public referendum on September 28th, 2008, resulting in the creation and modification of several laws.
31 Dec 2010 China P rp Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists major export certificates required by the Chinese government from exporters of food and agricultural products.
30 Dec 2010 Panama Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Panamanian consumers continue perceiving U.S. food products as high quality, wholesome and reliable, which has resulted in a continuous growth in demand. Panama approved and ratified a Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) with the U.S., which is at present pending for ratification by the U.S. Congress. In addition, the United States – Panama Agreement regarding certain sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical standards affecting trade in agricultural products, is in force since December 20, 2006. This agreement established simplified requirements for the importation of U.S. food products.
28 Dec 2010 Serbia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Report provides guidance on the export certificate requirements for export of agricultural and food products to the Serbian market. This report covers the health certificates that are standardized between Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and USDA/APHIS for exports from the United States to Serbia. APHIS and Serbian Ministry of Agriculture are continuing to work on standardization of Health Certificate for Treated Hides and Skins, Pet Food other than Canned, Breeding Cattle and Horses. This Report contains an Export Certificates matrix and samples of Export Certificates in Appendix I.
28 Dec 2010 Honduras Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Sections Updated: I. List of All Export Certificates Required by Government (Matrix). II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate (s). IV. Government Certificates Legal Entry Requirements.
27 Dec 2010 Peru Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report identifies Peru’s import requirements for export certificates and procedures as well as the relevant Peruvian agencies for each request. An export certificate matrix and outlines for export certificates are also included
27 Dec 2010 Italy Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides updated contact information for Italy and gives an overview of Italian food laws in the EU context. Information on EU Member State specific requirements can be found in the FAIRS reports prepared by the Offices of Agricultural Affairs in the individual EU Member States
25 Dec 2010 Denmark Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report gives an overview of food laws currently in force in Denmark. Updates have been made in the following sections: Section IV. Food Additives Regulations and Section V. Pesticide and Other Contaminants.
23 Dec 2010 Norway Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Norway applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, Norway applies the same specific sanitary certificate requirements with regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs.
23 Dec 2010 Tunisia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides an update of the list of certificates required to export food and agricultural products to Tunisia. Several sanitary and phytosanitary certificate are being negotiated between USDA/APHIS and the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture. Constraints that block the final approval of some of these certificates include the Tunisian government’s insistence that certificate must state that imported products are “free” of dioxin, radioactive materials, or growth hormones.
22 Dec 2010 South Africa Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The South African Department of Health has recently published new regulations on labeling and advertising of food stuffs which will be effective on March 01, 2011. These regulations provide clear guidance regarding labeling and the advertisement of foodstuffs. Manufacturers of foodstuffs, both nationally and internationally, must adapt their labeling accordingly. The Minister of Trade and Industries has also published new regulations relating to the labeling of GMOs.
22 Dec 2010 Pakistan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines regulatory requirements and import procedures for food and agricultural imports into Pakistan Compared to the previous report released in 2009, sections VI, VII and IX have been modified. Pakistan’s food imports are generally regulated by the federal government and food standards are regulated by the provincial governments. Pakistan food laws cover 104 food items falling into nine broad categories
22 Dec 2010 New Zealand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides a broad overview of export certificate requirements for a representative sample of products exported to New Zealand. All sections of this report have been reviewed and updated to reflect New Zealand’s most recent requirements. However, as these regulations are constantly updated, exporters interested in exporting to New Zealand are encouraged to check relevant websites for the most up-to-date information.
22 Dec 2010 Canada Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Updates have been made in many sections of this report including Label Changes on Sodium Diacetate, Processed Horticultural Products, Marine Standards, Vitamin and Mineral Fortification, Organic Foods, Import Procedures, Labeling Service Offices, Non-Resident Importers, and Forms. N
21 Dec 2010 Costa Rica Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Updated on 12/21/2010. Sections updated: Section I. Food Laws. Section IX. Import Procedures. Appendix I. Government Regulatory Agency Contacts.
21 Dec 2010 Poland Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections were updated. Poland applies EU directives and regulations with but a few exceptions. In 2009 and 2010 implementation of the EU system led to frequent shipment detentions due to outdated Polish forms. U.S. suppliers should verify with the respective FSIS or APHIS Inspection offices or the importer for latest EU/Polish import requirements prior to export.
20 Dec 2010 Thailand Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for the import of U.S. products into Thailand. These include standardized requirements for 56 processed and unprocessed food items and individual requirements for popcorn, fruit and vegetables, live animals, boneless beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, and hides and skins.
20 Dec 2010 Spain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an update of SP9011 and outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation or regulation.
17 Dec 2010 Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. For more information on import requirements, see Japan Food Agriculture Import Requirements and Standards Country Report of December 17.
16 Dec 2010 Mexico Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Section I. Food Laws, Section II. Labeling Requirements, Section III. Packing and Container Regulations, Section IV. Food Additive Regulations, Section V. Pesticides and Other Contaminants, Section VI. Other Regulations and Requirements, Section VII. Other Specific Standards, Section VIII. Projected Regulatory Amendments, Section IX. Copyright and/or Trademark Laws, Section X. Import Procedures, Section XI.
16 Dec 2010 Venezuela Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Caracas for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available.
15 Dec 2010 Ukraine Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative There have been very few changes affecting agricultural product quality, safety, and sanitation regulations in Ukraine since submission of the last report. Compulsory Conformity Certification for some food roducts was abolished (see Section VI). Ukraine adopted a few biotech laws but has several draft laws waiting for debate and possible amendments. There is a new biotech law on the registration of GM feeds, but implementing regulations are lacking. Information on Food Laws (Section I) was significantly expanded. Contact information for Ukrainian regulatory authorities has been updated.
15 Dec 2010 Sweden Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Sections updated: I, II and III. As a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden fully applies EU regulations on export certificates. In addition to certificates required by the EU, there are specific sanitary certificate requirements with regard to salmonella for imports of fresh meat, meat preparations and eggs into Sweden.
15 Dec 2010 Chile Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification New certification for one-day birds and fertile eggs was negotiated during 2010, see sanitary requirements in Appendix II; new sanitary certification for bovine semen was put out for public comments in the WTO, deadline has finished and we are waiting for the last version, update will be posted in APHIS website when notified; Chile and the United States are negotiating new certificates for frozen/chilled/processed pork and bovine meat, until such process is finish, the declarations given on this report are valid, see Animal product section, page 17 and 18.
14 Dec 2010 Colombia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an annual update of the food and agricultural imports regulations and enforcement governmental mechanisms in Colombia. The following sections were updated: SECTION II. LABELING REQUIREMENTS, General Requirements; SECTION III. PACKAGING AND CONTAINER REQUIREMENTS; SECTION IV. FOOD ADDITIVE REGULATIONS; SECTION VI OTHER REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS, Import Duties, Value-added Tax (VAT); SECTION VII. OTHER SPECIFIC STANDARDS Enriched Wheat Flour and GOVERNMENT REGULATORY AGENCY CONTACTS and Appendix III. Food Additives Authorized for groups of Preservatives, acidulates, buffers, pH regulators and antioxidants.
13 Dec 2010 Brazil Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines regulatory requirements for agricultural imports into Brazil, including import procedures. Compared to the previous report released in 2009, significant modifications have been made on Section III, IV, VI, VII and IX.
10 Dec 2010 Hong Kong Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report lists the certificates required by the Hong Kong government (HKG) for U.S. exports to Hong Kong. Certificate samples for various product categories are included in the appendix. There have not been any changes in Hong Kong’s certificate requirements since the 2009 report.
10 Dec 2010 Senegal Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides information on export certificates required by the Government of Senegal for processed food, animal products, live animals (cattle, pets, etc), plants and products for animal consumption.
09 Dec 2010 Guatemala Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides a detailed explanation of the export certificates that Government of Guatemala requires for U.S. food and agricultural products to be imported. It contains links to official sites where specific inquiries can be made and responded to (for example, microbiological criteria or standards that must be complied with). It also provides a matrix of certificates required for certain food products, which have requirements from both the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.
08 Dec 2010 Russia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report highlights the vast certification requirements to export agricultural commodities to Russia. With the adoption of the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, the certification will drastically change in 2012 to conform to the New Custom Union Requirements.
06 Dec 2010 Kenya Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report focuses on the food and agricultural export certificates required by the Government of Kenya for U.S. agricultural commodities and product shipment to Kenya. FAS/Nairobi presents the information in a matrix format with specific examples of the required documentation in this report’s appendix.
02 Dec 2010 Argentina Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards -Certification Argentina's Animal and Plant and Food Safety Agency (SENASA) is in charge of the approval of all health certificates required for the importation of most agricultural products to Argentina. In this report an Export Certificate Matrix and a copy of the majority of the certificates have been included.
01 Dec 2010 Morocco Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides an update on the list of certificates required to export food and agricultural products to Morocco. A new model certificate for U.S. equine exports to Morocco has been finalized by USDA/APHIS and the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture office of food safety ONSSA. A new certificate model for U.S. fishery and aquacultural exports to Morocco has been approved and is now in effect.
27 Nov 2010 Saudi Arabia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification The Agricultural Trade Office of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia prepared this report for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available.
24 Nov 2010 India Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certificatio Export certification requirements for imports of food products in India are summarized in this report. Since the last report (IN9127 of September 24, 2009) the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has officially become the single regulator for all existing acts and orders related to food safety and standards
17 Nov 2010 Cuba Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The United States allows for the export of agricultural products to Cuba in conformity with the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. U.S. suppliers willing to navigate a detailed set of U.S. regulatory controls related to exporting to Cuba, will find that the island is fairly receptive to U.S. products. This report provides information on Cuba's regulatory environment as it relates to U.S. agricultural exports.
17 Nov 2010 Bahamas Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative As part of the process to accede to the World Trade Organization (WTO), The Bahamas is in the midst of reforming much of its legislation and regulatory structures on food and agricultural products. New and more detailed labeling requirements, among other changes, are expected to be enacted in 2011.
16 Nov 2010 Croatia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report provides information on the export certificates required by the Government of Croatia for processed food, agricultural food products, live animals (cattle, pets, etc), products for animal consumption, and feed. All sections of this annual report were updated in November 2010. It should be noted that due to Croatia’s rapid harmonization of food legislation with EU legislation, information in this report should be double checked for obsolescence with the USDA office in Croatia
09 Nov 2010 Trinidad And Tobago Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification U.S. Suppliers need to be mindful of certification requirements for agricultural products entering Trinidad and Tobago. Although Trinidad and Tobago is quite receptive to U.S. products and all required certificates can be readily obtained by U.S. suppliers, careful attention to certification details will help prevent costly customs clearance problems. This report outlines Trinidad and Tobago’s certification requirements and includes an Export Certificate Matrix as well as examples of select Export Certificates.
09 Nov 2010 Netherlandantil Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative On October 10, 2010, the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved in favor of a new political arrangement which gives the larger and more developed islands of Curaçao and Sint Maarten greater autonomy, while redefining the three smaller islands as Dutch municipalitie
28 Oct 2010 El Salvador Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Sections Updated: Section I. List of all Export Certificates Required by Government and Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate (s).
12 Oct 2010 Australia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative All sections of this report have been reviewed and updated to reflect new or updated laws and regulations. Australia is a major producer of raw materials and processed foods, but imports a growing volume of food and beverages. Imports have increased steadily over recent years.
27 Aug 2010 Ghana Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Accra, Ghana for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since it‟s preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available.
26 Jul 2010 Israel Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative In the current report the following sections have been updated:Heavy Metals in Foodstuffs - The Israeli Ministry of Health has increased monitoring on imported food products in recent months.; The maximum limits of the following food color additives E1520, E1518, and E1505 were changed.; Import Procedure paragraph was modified.; New requirements for the export of pet food from the United States to Israel.; Inspection of Animal Feed paragraph was modified.; Fish and Fish Products Import and Distribution system.
21 Jul 2010 Nigeria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report was prepared by the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service in Lagos, Nigeria for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since it‟s preparation, or because clear information about these policies were not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of import requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped.
11 May 2010 Oman Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Details on required certificates for the Sultanate of Oman are available inside this report.
15 Apr 2010 Barbados Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides information on Barbados's regulatory environment as it relates to imports of U.S. agricultural products. Despite having certain licensing requirements for selected products and extensive labeling requirements for most foodstuffs, U.S. suppliers will find Barbados to be a relatively open market for most U.S. products.
04 Apr 2010 Bahrain Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Details on Bahrain required export certificates are available inside this report
21 Jan 2010 Nicaragua Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards This report lists Nicaraguan import requirements for export certificates and import permits for agrochemicals, veterinary products, feedstuffs and processed food products.
19 Oct 2009 Kuwait Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification Same as last year except section III which indicates that Kuwait Customs requires that the invoice and the country of origin certificate by notarized by the Arab American Chamber of Commerce.
18 Oct 2009 Qatar Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF are not necessarily statements of official U.S. Government policy
21 Sep 2009 Greece Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides updated contact information for Greece and gives an overview of Greek food laws in the EU context. Information on EU Member State specific requirements can be found in the FAIRS reports prepared by the Offices of Agricultural Affairs in the individual EU Member States:
17 Sep 2009 Jordan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification This report covers updates to Jordan's food and agricultural import regulations and standards.
28 Aug 2009 France Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report is an overview of French food and agricultural import regulations which supplements the FAIRS GAIN Report for the European Union (E49058) dated August 7, 2009.
13 Aug 2009 Taiwan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report provides updates on Taiwan’s Food and Import Regulations with substantial revisions occurring in Section V, Pesticides and Other Containments, and in Section VI, Tariffs and Import Controls. In 2009, Taiwan employed stricter border maximum residue limit (MRL) controls but the authorities also dedicated more resources to address MRL applications of priority interest to trading partners including the U.S., though a substantial backlog remains. This report also provides expanded coverage of requirements for the importation of pet food into Taiwan.
12 Aug 2009 Korea Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative The new certification program for processed organic food products, the draft biotech labeling requirements, and the Special Act on Children‟s Dietary Life Safety Management have been added. Labeling requirements including the inner package labeling requirements for double packaged products and a restriction of the use of a picture/photo of ingredients for a product with synthetic flavors have been updated.
31 Jul 2009 Dominic Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Sections updated: I Food Laws and Government regulatory agency contacts. Appendix V Import Procedures.
28 Jul 2009 Egypt Arab Republic Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Report highlights includes Section I : New and updated information; Section II: Updated information; Section III: No change; Section IV: No change; Section V: No change; Section VI: No change;Section VII: Updated information; Section VIII: Updated information; Section IX: No change
Philippines Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative This report outlines Philippine government requirements for the importation of food and agricultural products. This report aims to assist U.S. exporters by providing information on labeling, packaging, permitted ingredients and other information. It also provides points of contact for key Philippine government authorities, U.S. government and trade associations. Sections I on Food Laws; IV on Other Regulations and VII on Animal Feed Ingredients have been updated.
Syria Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative Syria is permitting gradual imports of processed foods and the list of permitted imports is expanding. An import permit is necessary. Shipment documents have to be notarized by the Syrian embassy in the country of origin. Syrian labeling regulations do not provide for GMO’s, organic foods, nutrient contents, additives, and pesticide residues. Food additives are permitted in general as long as they are permitted to be used in the country of origin. Syrian customs does not permit custom clearing of food stuffs if half the shelf life has passed.
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