U.S. exports of dairy products to the European Union (EU), China, and Chile are subject to importing country listing requirements for manufacturers/processors as a precondition for market access. Please note that the scope of products for which importing authorities impose listing requirements may differ from FDA's definition of “milk product” as established in 21 CFR 1240.3(j). To determine whether products intended for export are subject to listing requirements, exporters may consult the regulatory authorities in the country to which they intend to export or the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Reports (FAIRS) for their export destination. FAIRS are published by the United States Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Information Network.
Industry may apply for inclusion on the dairy export lists and update existing listing information via the Export Listing Module (ELM). Please visit Online Applications for Export Lists for a link to this electronic system and step-by-step instructions. More information on specific country requirements is included below.
In addition to establishment listing requirements, Chile, China, and the EU require sanitary certificates as a condition of entry for every shipment of dairy products. Industry may contact the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Grading Branchto request these certificates.
Additional Information on the China Dairy Export List
- Please refer to the Implementation Catalogue for Registration of Overseas Manufacturers of Imported Food released by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) to determine whether the products you intend to export are subject to China's listing requirements.
- List of U.S. Establishments Eligible to Export Dairy Products to China
Additional Information on the Chile Dairy Export List
- Please be advised that Chile requires that the company information (name, address, plant/approval number) on all labels matches the information on the export certificate and that the information on the export certificate matches the information on the export list. This requirement applies to the labels for individual products, boxes of individual products, and other bulk packaging. If there are discrepancies across the information on the labels, export list, and export certificate, shipments are likely to be rejected.
- Guidance for Industry and FDA: Establishing and Maintaining a List of U.S. Dairy Product Manufacturers/Processors with Interest in Exporting to Chile
- List of U.S. Dairy Product Manufacturers/Processors With Interest in Exporting to Chile
Additional Information on the EU Dairy Export List
- Any product that contains processed milk or dairy products may be subject to EU listing and certification requirements. Please visit the website of USDA/AMS EU Dairy Export Certification Programs for more information.
- List of U.S. Establishments Eligible to Export Dairy Products to the EU