Exporting Food Products from the United States

Firms exporting products from the United States are often asked by foreign customers or foreign governments to supply a written export certification for products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA may provide this certification in a form the agency determines appropriate. For food products, FDA provides written certification for exports in the form of certificates and lists of eligible exporters for specific products or destinations. Please note that FDA does not require written certification for exports.

If you export food, it is your responsibility to:

  • Follow U.S. laws and regulations
  • Follow the requirements of the countries to which you export

Request for Comments on New Electronic Submissions Forms

FDA has developed two new draft electronic forms (3613g and 3613k) for the FDA Industry System's Certificate Application Process. These forms will be used to address requests for different types of export certificates for food products and will prompt respondents to provide the facility and product information necessary for FDA to review and process such requests.

Respondents that are unable to access the electronic system will be able to contact CFSAN at or 240-402-2307 for assistance with their application.

FDA is seeking comments on these draft electronic forms. Draft screenshots and instructions for Forms FDA 3613g and FDA 3613k are available below for review and comment.

The public comment period starts May 17, 2018 and closes on June 18, 2018. Submit comments electronically in docket folder FDA-2014-N-2347 on For more information on how to comment, see the Federal Register Notice.


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