Export Guidelines

USMEF provides tools to break into new markets or expand the business in existing markets. These resources include information about animal health and disease issues, an updated list of U.S. red meat suppliers, help to navigate the intricate requirements of the USDA and importing countries, the Branded Products Program and the International Meat Manual. USMEF’s Technical Notes apprise members of changes to export regulations and warnings about specific documentation problems, and are e-mailed to members as they occur. The export resources also contain information on the various beef export verification programs and help with bilingual labeling requirements.


Regulatory Guidance for Processed Meat Products to Brazil

  Costa Rica
  European Union

The following documents provide guidance on food additives which are approved in the U.S. and/or Japan:

  • The Approved Compound Comparison Matrix PDF indicates if a compound is approved on any of the U.S. GRAS list, FSIS Directive 7120.1, the Japan Designated Foods Additives List or the Japan Existing Food Additive List.
  • The FSIS-GRAS Approved List PDF is a list of all compounds approved as US-GRAS or on the FSIS Directive 7120.1, and their corresponding approval status in Japan.

If you have additional questions related to food additive approvals in Japan, please email Travis Arp.

  Saudi Arabia Self-Certification
This document is to be completed for all beef exports destined for Saudi Arabia. This document must accompany the USDA-FSIS export certificate for all shipments of beef to Saudi Arabia.   Uruguay

  USMEF Bilingual Labeling Manual
The USMEF Bilingual Labeling Manual contains examples of labels now required by 11 different countries.

Your printer should be able to cut the label you need using the “graphic” tool in Acrobat and paste it into his system. If you have questions about the manual, contact Cheyenne McEndaffer at

  Vietnam: Documents for Companies Exporting to Vietnam