Food Export Library
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.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides information on country-specific requirements for exporting seafood.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides information on requirements for exporting plants, animals, and animal products.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) provides information on requirements for exporting meat, poultry, and processed egg products.
- The United States Department of Agriculture Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) provides information related to trade in agricultural products. The Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Reports (FAIRS) contain useful information about certification requirements for various food products.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires the “Certificate to a Foreign Government” for U.S. exports of certain FDA-regulated products that contain bovine-, porcine-, or poultry-derived ingredients. The following products are subject to these certification requirements:
- Foods containing meat (bovine / pork) or poultry product (e.g. broth, extract, bouillon, flavors, stocks) produced under FDA supervision which may contain more than 2% meat ingredients at time of import. The labelling of the product must provide assurances to CFIA that the recommended dilution will result in meat ingredients comprising less than 2% meat or poultry meat at the time of use. Such products are usually imported in bulk and used by hotels, restaurants and institutions.
- FDA-regulated foods that are packaged for the consumer and contain meat (bovine / pork) or poultry product (for example soups / noodles with meat flavors) that when prepared by the consumer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, will have a total meat or poultry product content of less than 2%.
Industry may request a “Certificate to a Foreign Government” through the CFSAN Export Certification Application and Tracking System (CFSAN eCATS). CFSAN eCATS provides a lot of flexibility in terms of the product and shipment information that may be included on a certificate. Please see below for a list of data elements that CFIA requires on the certificate and for instructions on how to provide this information in CFSAN eCATs.
Certification Data Elements Required by CFIA
- 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.
- 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.
- Importer Name and Address: Applicants should provide the following information in the Additional Information section of the application. When provided, this information will be printed on the certificate.
- Consignee/Importer Name
- Consignee/Importer Country/Area
- Consignee/Importer Address Line 1
- Consignee/Importer Address Line 2
- Consignee/Importer Postal Code
- Consignee/Importer City
- Consignee/Importer Province/Territory
Additional Statement for Products Containing Poultry-Derived Ingredients
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
For more information on CFIA’s requirements, please visit CFIA's Food-specific import requirements.