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The information listed below reflects CFSAN’s current understanding of our trading partners’ certification requirements for U.S. food exports. If a country is not listed, exporters are advised to work closely with the importer for information regarding the certification requirements for the product to be exported. For more information on the types of export certification available from CFSAN, please visit Food Export Certificates and Food Export Lists.

Other U.S. government agencies also publish information on importing country requirements for food products. Please visit the links below for more information.


Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires an official certificate for imports of certain food products of meat origin. CFIA has agreed to accept an FDA-issued "Certificate to a Foreign Government" (CFG) for U.S. exports of FDA-regulated products that contain bovine-, porcine-, or poultry-derived ingredients.  

Industry may request a CFG by submitting an online application in the CFSAN Export Certification Application and Tracking System (CFSAN eCATS). Please visit Online Applications for Export Certificates for Food for a link to CFSAN eCATS and general instructions for submitting an application. Please see below for a list of certification data elements required by CFIA and instructions on how to provide this information in CFSAN eCATS.

  1. Product Name: This is a required field in the Product Details section of the CFSAN eCATS application and will always be printed on the certificate. Applicants are required to indicate whether products intended for export to Canada contain bovine-, porcine-, or poultry-derived ingredients.
  2. Type of Packaging: Applicants should provide this information in the Product Details section of the application and select this field as one of the headers to be printed on the certificate. The information required for this field will vary depending on the type of product. CFIA has provided the following examples as to what they expect to see in this field: 12 cans per box, 12 x 16oz/pouch per carton, 20 liter pail.
  3. Name, license number, and address for the Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) license holder importing the product: Applicants should provide this information in the Additional Information section of the application using the consignor/importer name and address fields or the “Additional Information for Certificate” field. When provided, this information will be printed on the certificate.

Please note that CFIA requires an additional certification statement for products containing poultry-derived ingredients. Applicants should copy and paste one of the following statements into the “Additional Information for Certificate” field in the Additional Information section of the application.

Please note that CFIA requires an additional certification statement for products containing poultry-derived ingredients. Applicants should copy and paste one of the following statements into the “Additional Information for Certificate” field in the Additional Information section of the application.

  1. The finished products or the poultry-derived ingredients in the finished products have been heat treated to reach a minimum core temperature of 70C for a minimum of 3.6 seconds

  2. The finished products or the poultry-derived ingredients in the finished products have been heat treated to reach a minimum core temperature of 74C for a minimum of 0.5 seconds.

  3. The finished products or the poultry-derived ingredients in the finished products have been heat treated to reach a minimum core temperature of 80C for a minimum of 0.03 seconds.

Applicants will be required to attest that the statement they requested to print on the certificate is factual when they electronically sign the CFSAN eCATS application.

Please note that the certificates for these products are valid for one year from the date of issuance. For more information on CFIA’s requirements, please visit CFIA's websites for Food-specific import requirements and Broth, flavour, and extract of meat origin.


Chile

U.S. exporters of dairy products to Chile are subject to importing country listing and certification requirements for manufacturers/processors as a precondition for market access. For more information, please visit Food Export Lists.

Please be advised that Chile requires that the company information (name, address, plant/approval number) on all labels match the information on the export certificate. This requirement applies to the labels for individual products, boxes of individual products, and other bulk packaging. If the company information on the labels does not match the information on the export certificate, shipments are likely to be rejected.

Industry may request export certificates produced by listed manufacturers/processors from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Grading Branch (Dairy Grading Branch).

The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Grading Branch issues veterinary health certificates for dairy products produced in listed establishments for export to Chile.


China

China has two levels of requirements for most imported products: establishment listing and certificates. The information below applies to dairy, infant formula, and seafood products.

For many products of animal origin, China will only accept imports that originate from establishments that appear on China’s lists of establishments from which imports of that product are permitted. China maintains these lists based on submissions from the competent authorities of exporting countries. FDA is the U.S. competent authority for dairy, infant formula, and seafood products. For ease of reference, FDA refers to China’s lists for these products as the China dairy export list, China infant formula export list, and China seafood export list. Establishments involved in the production of dairy, infant formula, and seafood may apply with FDA to be included on these lists via the Export Listing Module. For more information about China’s establishment listing requirements for each product type, please visit Food Export Lists and the following webpages:

Please note that relevant establishments must be officially listed by China for products to be eligible for entry. FDA sends updates to these lists on a quarterly basis, but it may take 2-3 weeks for China to publish the updated lists. Please consult the official lists posted on China’s website to ensure that the establishment is listed by China before attempting to export products.

Certificate Requirements

In addition to establishment listing requirements, China requires sanitary certificates as a condition of entry for every shipment of dairy products, infant formula, and young children formula. Industry may contact the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Grading Branch to request these certificates for products manufactured by listed establishments.

Industry products manufactured by listed establishments may contact National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Seafood Inspection Program to request export certificates for U.S. seafood products manufactured by listed establishments.


European Union

The European Union (EU) has three levels of requirements for most imported products containing animal-derived ingredients: country/territory listing, establishment listing, and certificates. The information below applies to dairy, seafood, bivalve molluscan shellfish, collagen, and gelatin products, as well as certain products containing ingredients derived from such products.

For many products of animal origin, the EU will only accept imports that originate in countries or territories that appear on the EU's lists of third countries and territories from which imports of that product are permitted. The U.S. appears on the EU lists of third countries and territories from which imports of dairy, seafood, bivalve molluscan shellfish, collagen, and gelatin products are permitted.

Please note that the EU only allows shellfish imports from U.S. states or territories that are listed in Annex I of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/626.   Please visit Questions and Answers on Shellfish Traded Between the United States and Certain Member States of the European Union for more information about U.S. states eligible to export to the EU.

For many products of animal origin, the EU will only accept imports that originate from third country establishments that appear on the EU's lists of third country establishments from which imports of that product are permitted. The EU maintains these lists based on submissions from the competent authorities of exporting countries. FDA is the U.S. competent authority for dairy, seafood, bivalve molluscan shellfish, collagen, and gelatin products. For ease of reference, FDA refers to the EU lists for these products as the EU dairy export list, EU seafood export list, EU shellfish export list, EU collagen export list, and the EU gelatin export list. Establishments involved in the production of dairy, seafood, bivalve molluscan shellfish, collagen, or gelatin products may apply with FDA to be included on these lists via the Export Listing Module. For more information about the EU establishment listing requirements for each product type, please visit Food Export Lists.

Please note that relevant establishments must be officially listed by the EU for products to be eligible for entry. FDA sends updates to these lists on a quarterly basis, but it may take 8-15 weeks for the EU to publish the updated lists. Please consult the official lists posted on the EU website to ensure that the establishment is listed by the EU before attempting to export products.

Once relevant establishments are listed, the EU also requires veterinary health certificates for every shipment. Please note that the EU regulates food containing both products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin as composite products.

[1]The EU certification requirements for composite products differ depending on the composition of the final product. FDA

Dairy Products

The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Grading Branch issues veterinary health certificates for dairy products produced in listed establishments for export to the EU.

Seafood Products

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Seafood Inspection Program  issues export certificates for seafood products exported from the United States to the EU

Shellfish Products

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Seafood Inspection Program issues export certificates for shellfish products exported from the United States to the EU.

Collagen and Gelatin Products

FDA issues veterinary health certificates for collagen and gelatin products produced in listed establishments for export to the EU. Please visit Food Export Certificates for more information on how to request veterinary health certificates for collagen and gelatin products.


[1]. Article 2, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 of 4 March 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the  European Parliament and of the Council with regard to requirements for the entry into the Union of consignments of certain animals and goods intended for human consumption.

Guyana

Guyana requires a Certificate of Free Sale for U.S. exports. Guyana will accept and industry stakeholders may request a “Certificate to a Foreign Government” (CFG) for FDA-regulated food products exported from the United States, including those manufactured in other countries. Industry stakeholders may request to print “Certificate of Free Sale” as a subtitle on the CFG.   For more information on the Certificate to a Foreign Government, please visit Examples of CFSAN-Issued Food Export Certificates and Food Export Certificates. Industry may request a CFG by submitting an online application in the CFSAN Export Certification Application and Tracking System (CFSAN eCATS). Please visit Online Applications for Export Certificates for Food for a link to CFSAN eCATS and general instructions for submitting an application.


Indonesia

Indonesia requires U.S. companies that export products of animal origin, including certain dairy products, to prelist their establishments with the Ministry of Agriculture. Please consult the latest USDA/GAIN Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Report published for Indonesia for details on this process.


South Korea

South Korea requires U.S. dairy exporters to register their facilities with Korea’s Ministry of Food & Drug Safety (MFDS). Please consult the latest USDA/GAIN Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Report published for South Korea for details on how to register.

On July 1, 2021 South Korea implemented a new regulation on HACCP certification that applies to foreign manufacturing facilities producing foods for export to Korea. Only foreign food manufacturers are allowed to apply for the certification. Other entities such as exporters and distributors are not subject to the certification application. Please consult the latest USDA/GAIN Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Report published for South Korea for details on the certification process.


United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) requires certification for all imported food products. UAE accepts the FDA-issued "Certificate to a Foreign Government" for FDA-regulated food products.

Facility Information Section of CFSAN eCATS

  • Exporter Name: Applicants should identify the exporter on the CFSAN eCATS application and indicate that the exporter information should appear on the certificate.

Product Details Section of CFSAN eCATS

  • Product Name: This is a required field and will always be printed on the certificate.

Additional Information Section of CFSAN eCATS

  • Importer Name and Address: Applicants should provide the following information in the Optional Shipment Details section of the application. When provided, this information will be printed on the certificate.
    1. Consignee/Importer Name
    2. Consignee/Importer Country / Area
    3. Consignee/Importer Address Line 1
    4. Consignee/Importer Address Line 2
    5. Consignee/Importer Postal Code
    6. Consignee/Importer City
    7. Consignee/Importer Province/Territory
  • Additional Information for Certificate: Exporters are required to include the commercial invoice number within the certificate that will enable UAE port authorities to link the certificate with the corresponding consignment. Along with the mandatory commercial invoice number, voluntary information such as bill of lading number, packing list number, and container number may also be included on the certificate.  While not required, exporters are encouraged to incorporate these supporting details to help facilitate a timely and successful release of the consignment.

United Kingdom

On January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) withdrew from the European Union (EU) and adopted most EU rules as UK law. Thus, the UK has the same three levels of requirements for most imported products containing animal-derived ingredients: country/territory listing, establishment listing, and certificates. Please note that the information below applies to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). Different procedures may apply in Northern Ireland because Northern Ireland remains aligned with the EU’s listing and certification requirements.

For many products of animal origin, the UK will only accept imports that originate in countries or territories that appear on the UK's lists of third countries and territories from which imports of that product are permitted. The U.S. appears on the UK lists of third countries and territories from which imports of dairy, seafood, bivalve molluscan shellfish, collagen, and gelatin products are permitted.

Please note that the UK only allows shellfish imports from U.S. states or territories that are listed in Annex I of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/626.

Like the EU, the UK will only accept imports of products of animal origin that originate from establishments that appear on the UK’s list of establishments that are approved to export animal products to the UK. The UK will only list establishments that appear on the EU’s lists of approved establishments, so FDA does not have a separate application process for the UK lists. Any establishment that wishes to export FDA-regulated products of animal origin to the UK may apply to be included on the EU lists via the Export Listing Module. FDA sends the same listing updates to both the EU and the UK. Currently listed establishments may modify their listing information for both the EU and UK lists via the Export Listing Module. For more information about the UK establishment listing requirements for each product type, please visit Food Export Lists and the following webpages:

The UK requires health certificates for every shipment of dairy, seafood, shellfish, collagen, or gelatin products. Industry may contact the certifying agencies listed in the EU Certificate Requirements section above to request certificates for the UK.


Vietnam

Vietnam requires product registration for many imported food products, and for certain products, the registration process requires a certificate that provides assurances regarding the safety of the product. Vietnam accepts the FDA-issued "Certificate to a Foreign Government" but does not accept the FDA-issued "Certificate of Free Sale" for dietary supplements, medical foods, and foods for special dietary use. Firms that export these products to Vietnam may be able to obtain the necessary certification from their state authorities.



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