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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.


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Canada

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

  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.
  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. 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.
    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 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.


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.


European Union

The European Union (EU) requires two levels of certification for most imported products containing animal-derived ingredients. The information below applies to dairy, seafood, collagen, and gelatin products, as well as certain products containing ingredients derived from such products.

Listing Requirements

First, the EU requires lists of approved establishments based on submissions from the competent authorities of exporting countries. Only products processed at approved establishments are eligible for entry into the EU. FDA is the competent authority for dairy, seafood, collagen, and gelatin products. Manufacturers and processors of dairy, seafood, collagen, or gelatin products may apply with FDA to be included on these lists via the Export Listing Module. For more information, please visit Food Export Lists.

Please note, the manufacturing or processing establishment for a product must be officially listed by the EU for the product to be eligible for entry. The FDA sends updates to these lists on a quarterly basis and once the EU receives these updates, it may take 8-15 weeks for the EU to publish these lists. Please consult the EU website to ensure that the establishment is listed by the EU before attempting to export products.

Certification Requirements

Once an establishment is listed, the EU also requires veterinary health certificates for every shipment.

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 veterinary health certificates for seafood products produced in listed establishments for export 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.


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.

Certification Data Elements Required by UAE

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.

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.