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February 2014


  • Wording Change for Saudi Arabia – In the Export Library for Saudi Arabia, in the Islamic Slaughter Certification section, the sentence formerly reading “The certificate must be endorsed by the Arabian-American Chamber of Commerce or by Arabian Consul” now reads “The certificate must be endorsed by the Arabian-American Chamber of Commerce or by Saudi Arabia’s Consul.” No other requirements have been changed.
  • Documentation Guidelines Updated for EU – Documentation guidelines for various meat and poultry products, as well as transit and storage of meat and poultry products, have been updated for the European Union. No requirements have changed, only further clarification provided on use of appropriate HS codes. Instructions for applying the export stamp identifying the certificate number have been expanded in Section XVII, Part B.
  • Bahrain Lifts Ban on U.S. Pork – U.S. pork and pork products are once again eligible for Bahrain. Imports of U.S. pork exports had been suspended by Bahrain in April 2009 as a result of H1N1 influenza. Bahrain’s parliament passed a nationwide ban on all pork in May of last year, but the legislation was heavily criticized by Bahrain’s business community and was never approved by its Shura Council.
  • Production, Expiration Date Formatting Requirements for Vietnam – Production date and expiration date formatting requirements have been updated for Vietnam. If you have questions about these changes, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.
  • Expiration Dates for Products Destined for UAE – Changes in the calculation of product expiration dates are posted for the United Arab Emirates. The expiration date should now be calculated based on the date on which the product was packed, rather than the date when it was frozen.

    A change in the definition of production date is also included, but this provision applies only to poultry.
  • Edible Meat Products for Pet Food Manufacturing No Longer Eligible for Canada – Canada discontinued importation of edible meat products for manufacturing of pet food effective Jan. 31, so these products have been added to Canada’s ineligible products list.

January 2014


  • Plant List Update for Mexico – The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated.
  • Letterhead Certificate Updated for Cooked Pork Products to Peru – In the Export Library for Peru, an updated letterhead certificate for cooked pork products now includes bilingual certification statements. No requirements have been changed, as the new letterhead certificate just combines two certificates that were previously in use.
  • Russia Restores Eligibility for Ractopamine-free Turkey – The Export Library for Russia has been updated to allow export of U.S. turkey meat and prepared products containing turkey, if they are derived from flocks that have never been given feed containing ractopamine. Residue testing and documentation requirements for these products are also updated. This Export Library update does not change the status of beef or pork exports to Russia, which remain suspended.
  • Tiered Implementation Process to Remove Preclearance for Canadian Export Certificates Begins – On Jan. 20, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) implemented a streamlined import document review process by removing the document preclearance requirement for certain brokers. The implementation will be completed on Feb. 17, and no preclearance will be required for any of the brokers in the linked list following that date. Please check the list linked in the library to verify when your broker(s) becomes eligible for not requiring preclearance. Until the date of implementation arrives for your broker(s), you will still be required to submit your export documents for preclearance. Please verify accuracy, as inaccurate documentation completion may result in delayed or rejected shipments. For more details and to view the guidelines for completing export certificates for Canada, please visit the FSIS export library page for Canada. Members with questions can email Cheyenne Dixon at cdixon@usmef.org or call her at 303-623-6328.
  • Bovine Intestines/Casings to European Union – Documentation requirements have been updated for bovine intestines/casings destined for the European Union to reflect the United States’ negligible risk status for BSE. An updated letterhead certificate is available in English and in French.
  • Updated SRM Statements for Ruminant Products Destined for France – Bilingual SRM statements have been updated for all ruminant products intended for export to France. No requirements have changed.
  • Plant List Update for Mexico – The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated for Mexico.
  • Pork Added to Eligible Products List for Nicaragua – Pork and pork products have been added to the list of products eligible for export to Nicaragua. This is really only a clarification, however, as U.S. pork has been exported to Nicaragua for some time. Through November, 2013 exports to Nicaragua totaled 901 metric tons valued at $2.9 million. While Nicaragua is a small market for imported pork, the United States supplies about 60 percent of its import volume. The remainder comes mostly from Costa Rica. Nicaragua has one of the lowest per-capita pork consumption rates in Central America, with imports accounting for 27 percent of total consumption.
  • Australia Plant List - The eligible plant list has been updated for Australia.
  • New Labeling Requirements for Vietnam – New labeling requirements have been posted for all fresh/frozen meat and poultry destined for Vietnam. Please note that Vietnam requires 1.) a production date and 2.) an expiration date or best-use-by date on each label, and the expiration/best-use-by date should not be more 18 months after the production date. Exporters should also take note of the formatting guidance provided in this Export Library update. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.
  • Bison Meat Destined for Switzerland – The letterhead certificate for bison meat destined for Switzerland has been updated, as well as the guidelines for completing this certificate. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.
  • Beef Plant Relisted by Korea – The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to reflect reinstatement (effective Dec. 23) of a U.S. beef plant that had been delisted earlier this year.
  • Prepared Products Plant List for Russia – The eligible plant list for prepared products destined for Russia has been updated.

December 2013


  • Documentation, Labeling Changes for Chile – The Export Library for Chile has been updated with the following changes:
    • The Beef Labeling section was updated to clarify that ground beef, offals, and trimmings are exempt from individual package labeling requirements.
    • A Nutritional Labeling section was added to provide guidance on nutritional labeling requirements for retail-ready products. Any product that will be delivered directly to the end consumer, (i.e., case-ready), must meet these requirements, including case-ready offals, ground beef or single muscle cuts. Exporters are urged to work closely with their importer to verify that the correct information is being provided to comply with Chilean Title II, Article 115 requirements. In accordance with the requirements in Article 115, only the following products are exempt:
      1. Predefined foods, sliced, and packaged prior to time of sale at the place of sale, including ready-to-eat meals, which must comply with the provisions of Article 468 herein.
      2. Stimulants without the addition of other ingredients, additives, processing coadyuvants, spices alone or in mixtures without other ingredients, and fruits and vegetables in their natural state.
      3. Foods that are marketed in bulk, portioned, or divided, and those prepared at the request of the public, although they are packaged at the time of sale.
    • The letterhead certificates for processed poultry products and processed (raw, dried, fermented/acidified, cooked) beef and pork products have been updated. The processed beef and pork letterhead certificate now includes a statement clarifying that products made with beef and/or pork from a third country are eligible for use, as long as the establishment is on the SAG approved list (only available in Spanish). Please note that raw, marinated products are also required to use this letterhead.
    • New letterhead certificates have also been created for food preparations. Any food preparations using dairy products must also gain AMS certification to verify dairy establishment approval.
    • A new section clarifying the use of continuation sheets has been added under the Documentation section. This section includes specifics on the information that must be included on continuation sheets when information included in the shipment (such as slaughterhouse and processing facility names and addresses) exceeds the space available on the face of the letterhead certificate. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.
  • Letterhead Updated for Pork to Colombia – The FSIS Letterhead has been updated for pork and pork meat products destined for Colombia. This letterhead should be used for all pork exports, whether fresh, frozen or processed. Exporters should take note of the following details:
    • If frozen or processed pork products are to be exported, the only documents that must be provided are the 9060-5 and FSIS Letterhead. No sections will need to be crossed out on the letterhead, as either Section 12 or Section 13 will have been met.
    • Fresh pork (from PQA+ farms only) is eligible for export as of Dec. 16. But if fresh pork is to be exported, three documents will need to accompany the shipment, the 9060-5, FSIS Letterhead, and industry affidavit stating the PQA+ origin of the hogs. Section 13 of the FSIS Letterhead will need to be crossed out.
    • Pork that has not received a trichinae mitigation treatment but meets the requirement through biosecurity measures (i.e., pork from PQA+ farms) cannot go on the same 9060-5 and letterhead as pork that has received a mitigation (freezing or heat) treatment.

    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

  • Slaughter or Packaging Date Format Change for Australia – The Export Library for Australia has been updated to make the format for the slaughter or packaging date more flexible. The format may now be either 1.) month, day and year, or 2.) year, month and day.
  • Peru Requires Additional Identification of Packing Date – The following addition has been made to the packing date labeling requirements for Peru:
    Immediately adjacent to the date must be a phrase explaining that the date is the “packing” date (i.e.”Packed On”, “Date of Packing”, etc.).
    Please note that this requirement applies to all meat and poultry products destined for Peru.
  • Bison Letterhead Certificate Updated for Switzerland – In the Export Library for Switzerland, the bison letterhead certificate has been updated to include both the negligible risk and controlled risk statement options under Section II.1.9. Depending on the origin of the bison, exporters will either need to:
    1. cross out the negligible risk statement (II.1.9.1) if the bison originated from Canada or Mexico, or
    2. cross out the controlled risk section (II.1.9.2) if the bison originated from the United States.
    Guidelines for completing the certificate have also been updated to reflect this change.
  • Plant List Updates for Mexico, Brazil – Updates have been posted to the eligible plant lists for Mexico and Brazil.
  • Further Guidance on Antimicrobial Treatments for Beef Exported to Japan – As we reported Nov. 25, the Export Library for Japan now includes an approved list of antimicrobial treatments for beef. For cattle slaughtered on or after Nov. 25, 2013, only compounds included on this list can be used on beef products exported to Japan. In the most recent update posted Nov. 27, FSIS has posted further guidance regarding the use of sodium hydroxide.
    Exporters who have questions about this issue should contact Travis Arp at tarp@usmef.org or 303-623-6328.

November 2013


  • Non-NHTC Beef Letterhead Certificate Updated for Switzerland – In the Export Library for Switzerland, the non-NHTC beef letterhead certificate has been updated to include both the negligible risk and controlled risk statement options under Section II.1.9. Depending on the origin of the cattle, exporters will either need to:
    1. cross out the negligible risk statement (II.1.9.1) if the bison originated from Canada or Mexico, or
    2. cross out the controlled risk section (II.1.9.2) if the bison originated from the United States.
    Guidelines for completing the certificate have also been updated to reflect this change.
  • Document Reference Change for Russia – In the Export Library for Russia, the Russian SanPin has been replaced by Customs Union Decision 299 for all species. No export requirements have changed, only the document reference.
  • EU Library Update Involves Several Species - The Export Library for the European Union includes several new updates:
    • Letterhead certificates for all species and products have been updated to include an animal welfare attestation. The addition of this attestation does not necessitate the need for any animal welfare program changes at the slaughterhouse, as the U.S. programs have been deemed equivalent to those outlined in EU regulations. The beef letterhead certificate has also been updated to include the United States’ recent classification as a negligible risk country under the OIE’s BSE guidelines.
    • A new bison letterhead certificate has been created. The certificate includes both the negligible risk and controlled risk statement options under Section II.1.9. Depending on the origin of the bison, exporters must choose one of two options:
      1. If the bison originated from Canada or Mexico, cross out the negligible risk statement (II.1.9.1)
      2. If the bison have originated from the United States, cross out the controlled risk section (II.1.9.2)
    • The EU Pork Tariff Rate Quota and Certificate of Origin section (XVIII.C.) has been amended to include a link to an updated USMEF guidance document. No changes were made with regard to the quota’s requirements.
    • If you have questions about any of these changes, please contact Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.
  • Eligible Products List Expanded, BSE-related Documentation Removed for Trinidad and Tobago – The list of eligible products for Trinidad and Tobago has been updated to include pork and pork products, sheep and goat meat and meat products and natural casings (beef and beef products and poultry and poultry meat products were already listed as eligible).

    This library change also removes BSE-related documentation requirements for beef and beef products destined for Trinidad and Tobago.
  • New Entry for Turks and Caicos Islands – The Export Library now includes a new entry for the Turks and Caicos Islands. All USDA federally inspected plants are eligible.

    The U.S. has already been exporting to this market (in 2012: 500 mt of beef valued at $2.85 million and 197 mt of pork valued at $696,000), but exporters will want to take note of the documentation, packaging and other requirements now included in the Export Library.
  • List of Approved Antimicrobial Treatments for Beef Destined for Japan – The Export Library for Japan now includes an approved list of antimicrobial treatments for beef. For cattle slaughtered on or after Nov. 25, 2013, only compounds included on this list can be used on beef products exported to Japan.
    USMEF has been working with exporters for some time in preparation for this change, but if you have any questions please contact Travis Arp at tarp@usmef.org or 303-623-6328.
  • EV Program No Longer Needed for Beef to Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic has removed the export verification (EV) program requirement for exports of U.S. beef and beef products.

    This update also states that imported beef and beef products that have not been further processed in the United States cannot be re-exported to the Dominican Republic. If you have any questions, please contact Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.
  • Australia Plant List Update – The eligible plant list for Australia has been updated.
  • Brazil Now Closed to All U.S. Pork – The Export Library for Brazil has been updated to reflect closure of the market to all fresh/frozen and further processed U.S. pork products (Brazil was previously open to further processed pork products only).

    USMEF is in contact with FAS to obtain more details regarding this change, though the impact on current trade will be minimal. Brazil’s import data (from the Global Trade Atlas, through September) show zero pork or processed pork/sausages from the United States in 2013. U.S. export data (through August) show 433 mt exported this year (-36 percent from 2012), valued at $2 million (down 58 percent). August export volume was zero.
  • Changes Regarding Meat Flavors Destined for Canada – The Export Library for Canada has been updated to reflect a change in Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) policy regarding meat flavors:
    • Through the now-defunct CFIA Label Registration Unit, many importers of concentrated meat flavors had obtained letters exempting these products from meat inspection regulations because the final product in which they would be used as an ingredient would contain less than 2 percent meat.
    • CFIA is extending the expiration date for letters of exemption for imported food containing less than 2 percent meat product to Nov. 30, 2013.
    • Letters of exemption for imported food containing more than 2 percent meat product are extended to Sept. 30, 2014.
    • Imported products containing more than 2 percent meat product for which importers do not have a letter of exemption will be required to comply with the Canadian meat inspection regulations. The exemption applies only to Section 9 of the Canadian Meat Inspection Act (MIA) as it pertains to foods containing more than 2 percent meat product in the form of concentrates and flavors.
    • In a policy change that is not well-explained in the Export Library, dilution of such products will no longer be taken into consideration. So eligibility for exempt treatment is now determined by the percentage of meat in the flavor being imported, not the percentage of meat that will be contained in the final product.

    If you have questions, please contact Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

    This Export Library update also reflects delisting of a U.S. plant, effective Oct. 31.

October 2013


  • Plant List Update for Mexico – The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect a beef plant delisting, effective Oct. 28.
  • Poultry Eligibility for Singapore – State-specific changes in poultry eligibility and documentation requirements are posted for Singapore.
  • Cambodia, Myanmar Added to Export Library – An Export Library entry has been added for Cambodia. Meat and poultry products from any federally inspected plant are eligible, but must be accompanied by FSIS Form 9060-5.

    An Export Library entry has also been added for Myanmar. Beef, pork, poultry, sheep meat and goat meat from any federally inspected plant are eligible.
  • Mexico Plant List – The eligible plant list has been updated for Mexico.
  • Changes Regarding Additional Cutting/Processing of Beef Products for Mexico - The eligible product details for U.S. beef destined for Mexico have been amended as follows:

    The Export Library formerly stated that when [eligible beef products] were subjected to boning/cut-up/processing at another establishment eligible to ship to Mexico, an approved AMS EV program for Mexico was only required at that establishment if the facility also handles nonconforming product.

    The Export Library now states that when these products are subjected to boning/cut-up/processing at another establishment eligible to ship to Mexico, an approved AMS EV program for Mexico is required at that establishment to ensure that only eligible products are certified for export to Mexico.

    So please note that this Export Library update expands the AMS EV Program requirement to include all facilities serving Mexico that perform boning/cut-up/processing services, whether or not those facilities also handle nonconforming product.
  • Poultry, Egg Products Eligibility for Japan – State-specific changes in poultry and egg products eligibility are posted for Japan
  • Canada to Accept Products Containing New Zealand Venison – The following has been added to the list of meat products eligible for export to Canada: Venison legally imported from New Zealand and used as an ingredient in a meat product produced under FSIS inspection.
  • Poultry, Egg Product Eligibility for Japan - State-specific eligibility changes are posted for poultry and egg products destined for Japan.
  • Mexico Plant List — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect a poultry plant delisting, effective Oct. 10.
  • Korea Plant Delisting – The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to reflect delisting of the U.S. beef plant discussed above.
  • Poultry Documentation Requirements for Mexico – Updated contact information is posted in the documentation requirements for poultry destined for Mexico.
  • Russia Poultry Plant List – The eligible poultry plant list has been updated for Russia.

September 2013


  • Contact Information, Plant Lists Updated for Egypt – The Export Library for Egypt reflects updated USMEF contact information for companies seeking information on halal slaughter procedures and certification. Egypt’s eligible beef plant list and eligible poultry plant list have also been updated.
  • Important Notice from China on Ractopamine-free Certification for Pork -The Export Library for China now states that certificates of analysis used to show that imported pork is ractopamine-free are no longer being accepted from Maxxam Analytics. This library update also includes a plant delisting, effective Sept. 20.
  • Poultry Eligibility for Russia – State-specific changes in poultry eligibility are posted for Russia.
  • Documentation Changes for Egg Products to Singapore – Documents accompanying egg products destined for Singapore must now be signed by an FSIS veterinarian.
  • Poultry Eligibility for Iraq – State-specific restrictions on poultry eligibility have been lifted by Iraq, effective Sept. 16.
  • Singapore Lifts Antimicrobial Restrictions on Processed Meats – Singapore has exempted processed meat and poultry products from restrictions on the use of antimicrobial agents that were implemented in February. These restrictions still apply to fresh/frozen meat and poultry products.
  • Egypt Plant List Update – The eligible plant list has been updated for Egypt.
  • Poultry Eligibility for Taiwan – State-specific restrictions on poultry eligibility have been updated for Taiwan.
  • No Changes Made to Forms Posted for Taiwan – USMEF has now clarified that no changes were made to forms posted last week in the Documentation Requirements for Taiwan. The purpose of this update was simply to make links available to these forms through the Export Library.
  • Form Updated for Exports Destined for Taiwan – Documentation Requirements for Taiwan have been updated to reflect changes to FSIS Form 9285-1 (04/11/2000). Subsections B, D, F and G have been updated as follows:

    B. Obtain Certificate for Export to Taiwan–FSIS Form 9285-1 (04/11/2000),* Certificate for Export to Taiwan for all products exported to Taiwan.
    D. Fresh and/or frozen beef products – bones with meat, hanging tendons, tongues, penis, testes, tails, and skirts – obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, FSIS Form 9285-1,* and FSIS Letterhead Certificate.
    F. Poultry Meat Products loaded on board on or after May 16, 2011 – In addition to FSIS 9060-5 and FSIS 9285-1,* obtain an FSIS Letterhead Certificate. See guidelines for completing the FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Poultry Meat Products.
    G. Hermetically sealed poultry products – obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 and FSIS 9285-1.*
  • Mexico Plant List Update – The eligible plant list has been updated for Mexico.
  • Poultry Eligibility for Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s ban on poultry originating from Arkansas has been lifted, except for birds slaughtered between July 9 and Sept. 19, 2013.
  • Documentation Requirements for Bison Meat Destined for EU – The documentation requirement for bison meat destined for the European Union has been updated as follows:

    When used for exports to the European Union, the phrase “Regulation (EC) No 593/2013″ must be added to Box 5 of FSIS Form 9180-3 prior to being presented to the FSIS veterinarian for signature.

    This Export Library change updates the regulation number that must be cited, essentially mirroring the Export Library update for beef and veal that we reported on Monday, Sept. 9. The requirements for this quota have not changed, only the regulation number.
  • Documentation Update for Beef/Veal to European Union – Documentation requirements for beef or veal destined for the European Union have been updated as follows:

    When Statement A on the Statement of Verification is marked or the beef is graded U.S. Choice or higher, the phrase “Regulation (EC) No 593/2013″ must be added to Box 5 of FSIS Form 9180-3 prior to being presented to the FSIS veterinarian for signature.

    This Export Library change updates the regulation number that must be cited.
  • Production Date Added to Beef Documentation Requirements for Indonesia – In the Export Library for Indonesia, the following provision has been added to the documentation requirements for fresh/frozen beef and beef products:

    Correct production dates should be typed in the “Remarks” Section.
  • Pork, Poultry Plants Relisted by China – The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect the relisting of several pork and poultry plants, effective Aug. 30.
  • Mexico Plant List Update – The eligible plant list has been updated for Mexico.
  • Labeling, Documentation Requirements Updated for Mexico – The Export Library for Mexico has been updated as follows:
    • Fresh Pork ham should be labeled “uncured pork ham” or “uncured pork leg” on labeling for export, to avoid confusion over the type of ham being exported (this is a modification of an existing requirement).
    • For food preparations containing raw meat, including raw sausages, a bilingual FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Raw Preparations containing Poultry and/or Pork must accompany FSIS Form 9060-5.
  • ANUGA Food Show Requirements Posted for Germany – Requirements for meat and poultry products to be displayed at the ANUGA 2013 Food Show are posted for Germany. ANUGA 2013 is set for Oct. 5-9 in Cologne.

August 2013


  • Russia Poultry Plant List Update - The eligible poultry plant list has been updated for Russia.
  • Poultry Documentation Requirements Updated for the Philippines - State-specific eligibility and documentation requirements have been updated for poultry destined for the Philippines (this update is in addition to the one we reported Monday).
  • Poultry Documentation Requirements for the Philippines - State-specific eligibility and documentation requirements have been updated for poultry destined for the Philippines.
  • China Poultry Plant Delisting – The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect delisting of a poultry plant, effective July 10.
  • Australia Plant List – The eligible plant list has been updated for Australia.
  • Documentation Changes for Shipments to U.S. Military in Korea – FSIS Form 9305 series certificates are no longer required for shipments to U.S. military in South Korea.
  • Mexico Plant List Update – The eligible plant list has been updated for Mexico.
  • Processed Pork Products Cleared for Thailand; Other Pork, Pork Offal Still Ineligible – Processed pork products, including cooked products and marinated raw products, are now eligible for export to Thailand. Other additions to the eligible products list include fresh/frozen turkey and turkey products and processed chicken products. Unprocessed pork and pork offal, as well as unprocessed chicken, are listed as ineligible for Thailand. Please contact Travis Arp with any questions or call 303-623-6328.
  • Egg Products to Japan – The Export Library for Japan has been updated to reflect a plant delisting in the egg products sector.
  • Croatia Added to EU Requirements for Egg Products – Earlier this week we reported that the Export Library had been updated to reflect Croatia’s inclusion under the European Union’s export requirements for meat and poultry (Croatia officially joined the EU on July 1). The latest update makes this same change for egg products.
  • Plant List Update for Brazil – The eligible plant list has been updated for Brazil.
  • Documentation for Egg Products Destined for Australia – Documentation requirements have been updated for spray-dried egg products destined for Australia.
  • Updated Certification Lists for Egypt – The lists of organizations recognized by Egypt to issue certificates of Islamic slaughter have been updated for both beef and poultry.
  • Packing Date Specifics for Peru – An Export Library update for Peru clarifies that the packing date, which is required for all meat and poultry entering Peru, must be in Gregorian format – such as DD/MM/YY or MM/DD/YY – showing the day, month and year. Use of other formats, such as Julian dating, for the packing date could cause shipments to be delayed or rejected.
  • Croatia Now under Export Requirements for EU – As we reported July 1, Croatia officially became the 28th member of the European Union on that date. Beef and pork exports to Croatia now fall under the EU’s veterinary and sanitary requirements and are eligible for the same tariffs as other imports into the EU – including, for example, the zero-duty quota for high-quality beef.

    These changes are now reflected in the Export Library entries for Croatia and the European Union, where it is also noted that Croatia will accept export certificates in English. (NOTE: Croatia has also been added to the Export Library entries for each individual EU member state, but no other policy changes are included.)
  • Plant List Updates for Mexico, Japan - The eligible plant list for Mexico and the eligible cold storage facility list for Japan have been updated.
  • Poultry Eligibility for Cuba, Kazakhstan - State-specific changes in poultry eligibility have been posted for Cuba and Kazakhstan.
  • Plant Delisted by China – The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect a plant delisting, effective Aug. 7.
  • Beef Raw Materials of Mexican Origin Must Be from TIF Facility – The Export Library for Mexico has been updated as follows: Effective Aug. 2, when any beef raw materials of Mexican origin are used in products exported to Mexico, those raw materials must come from a TIF (federal-type) facility in Mexico. The TIF number of the plant of origin must be indicated on the FSIS Letterhead Certificate for US Beef, Form 2630-9, as well as on the shipping container label. (If no Mexican raw materials are used, the space on the FSIS Letterhead can be left blank.) If you have questions about this requirement, please contact Cheyenne Dixon.
  • Halal Requirements, Eligible Plants Updated for Malaysia – Halal certification requirements and procedures have been updated for Malaysia. Please note that the list of plants not eligible for export to Malaysia has been removed from the Export library, but this should not be construed to mean that the number of eligible plants has expanded. Instead, exporters should follow the guidance provided in the Export Library to ensure plant eligibility.
  • Poultry Eligibility for the Philippines – State-specific eligibility and documentation requirements for poultry have been updated for the Philippines.

July 2013


  • Poultry Exports to Russia – Eligibility changes for poultry exports are posted for Russia.
  • Poultry Exports to Japan, Tahiti – Eligibility changes for poultry exports are posted for Japan and Tahiti.
  • Heat-treated Chicken for Russia – Eligibility changes for heat-treated chicken products are posted for Russia.
  • Egg Products for Japan – State-specific changes in eligibility requirements and related documentation requirements are posted for egg products destined for Japan.
  • Horsemeat Cleared for Canada, Not Yet Eligible for Other Markets – On Friday, FSIS issued directive 6130.1 on how to perform ante-mortem inspection of equines before slaughter and post mortem inspection of equine carcasses and parts after slaughter. This clears the way for resumption of horse meat production in the United States, which resulted in a number of Export Library updates:
    1. Equine products, including horsemeat, are now eligible for export to Japan and Canada using the 9060-5 certificate.
    2. Export Library updates for Chile, China, Egypt and the European Union French Polynesia, Mexico, Russia and South Africa indicate that eligibility of equine products, including horsemeat, has not yet been determined, so export certification cannot be issued at this time.
  • Edible Blood, Blood Products Ineligible for Canada – Edible blood and blood products from all species are now ineligible for export to Canada.
  • Documentation Requirements for Mexico – Documentation requirements for certain poultry products and dry/feremented sausage products (i.e. pepperoni) from multiple species have been updated for Mexico.

June 2013


May 2013


  • EV Program No Longer Needed for Beef Exports to Panama – Effective immediately, the Export Library for Panama has been updated so that the Export Verification Program is no longer needed for beef exports destined for this market.

    Panama’s Scientific Technical Council for Food Safety recently approved a measure accepting the FSIS export certificate of wholesomeness as the only requirement for importing U.S. beef and beef products. Panama will also no longer require the FSIS certificate of wholesomeness for export of products containing less than 3 percent (by weight) of meat or meat products.

    If you have any questions, please contact Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.
  • Pork Exports to South Africa Suspended, Effective June 1 – Fresh/frozen and further processed pork and pork products will be ineligible for export to South Africa effective June 1, 2013. Due to requirements put in place by South Africa, FSIS has decided that it will not be able to certify pork products to this destination on or after June 1. Negotiations continue between USDA and the government of South Africa regarding pork access requirements and export certificate language.
  • All U.S. Meat, Poultry Ineligible for Nigeria – All U.S. meat and poultry products are now ineligible for export to Nigeria. A further explanation will be posted when more details are available.
  • Eligible Cold Storage List for Japan – The eligible plant list for Japan has been updated to reflect an addition to the list of approved cold storage facilities.
  • Egg Products to EU – Guidance has been added to the certification requirements for egg products destined for the European Union.
  • Cold Storage Facility List for Japan - The eligible list of cold storage facilities has been updated for Japan.
  • Poultry Eligibility for Cuba – The Export Library for Cuba has been updated to reflect state-specific changes in eligibility for U.S. poultry.
  • China Delists Pork Plant – The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect delisting of a U.S. pork plant.
  • China Delists Poultry Plant – The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect delisting of a U.S. poultry plant.
  • Raw Poultry of Canadian Origin Ineligible for Panama – The Export Library for Panama has been updated to clarify that raw poultry imported from Canada is not eligible for re-export to Panama.
  • Plant List Update for Egypt – The eligible plant list has been updated for Egypt.
  • Documentation Change for Beef to Nicaragua – A minor update has been posted for beef exports to Nicaragua. The only change is that the FSIS signature on the letterhead certificate is no longer required to be from a veterinarian.

April 2013


  • Poultry of Canadian Origin Destined for Japan – Documentation requirements have been updated for poultry products of Canadian origin that are imported into the United States and re-exported to Japan.
  • Poultry Eligible for Mauritius – Fresh/frozen U.S. poultry and poultry products are now eligible for export to Mauritius, an island nation east of Madagascar.
  • China Delists Five Poultry Plants – The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect the delisting of five U.S. poultry plants, effective Friday, April 19. Industry sources have informed USMEF that China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has raised questions about five additional poultry plants but did not suspend imports from these facilities. These actions come at a time when China’s domestic poultry market is severely struggling due to weak demand and high-profile animal health and food safety issues.
  • Processed Beef, Pork Products Destined for Chile – An update to the Export Library for Chile clarifies that processed beef and pork products are eligible for this market. Exporters serving Chile should take note of the processed meats letterhead certificate and the guidance document for completing this letterhead certificate, which are included in this Export Library update.
  • Documentation Requirements for Pork to Korea – The Export Library for South Korea has been updated with regard to certification requirements for pork. Effective July 1, 2013, the revised FSIS Form 9305-5 must be used. References to some diseases have been removed from the new form, but the primary change is the addition of this section on Aujeszky’s disease:

    The pigs from which the meat and meat products were derived were sourced from zones not under official restrictions due to Aujeszky’s disease and from premises where there has been no evidence of Aujeszky’s disease in pigs for one year prior to slaughter.
  • Mexico Plant List – The eligible plant list has been updated for Mexico.
  • Hog Casings Ineligible for Argentina – Hog casings have been added to the ineligible products list for Argentina, which already included all fresh/frozen pork and pork products. The only eligible products still listed for Argentina are pork pancreas glands for pharmaceutical use.
  • Wild Boar Eligible for Hong Kong – Wild boar has been added to the list of meat products eligible for export to Hong Kong. Interested suppliers should take note of the documentation requirements specific to wild boar meat, such as the inclusion of the scientific name (Sus scrofa) in the Remarks section.
  • Minor Updates to Japan Beef Requirements – Several sections of the Export Library covering beef exports to Japan have been updated to reflect the recent change from an EV program to QSA LT-30.

March 2013


February 2013


  • Clarification on Expanded Beef Access to Hong Kong – Further updates have been posted in the Export Library for Hong Kong regarding the expanded market access for U.S. beef that took effect Feb. 25. The inconsistent language that we flagged earlier this week regarding dedicated equipment has now been removed, which is a positive change.

    Note that the Export Library was updated late yesterday in a manner that raised several questions among USMEF members. Please use the link above to get the more recent update, which was just posted a short time ago. Please contact Travis Arp with any questions or call 303-623-6328.
  • Meat, Poultry Ineligible for Namibia – The Export Library for Namibia now lists all U.S. meat and poultry products as ineligible. According to the Global Trade Atlas, the United States shipped only 48 mt of beef and 76 mt of pork to Namibia in 2012. U.S. poultry shipments, however, totaled 4,428 mt.
  • Plant Reinstated by Canada – The Export Library for Canada has been updated to reflect reinstatement of a U.S. plant.
  • Expanded Beef Access for Hong Kong – The Export Library for Hong Kong has been updated to reflect expanded access for U.S. beef products, effective Feb. 25. These changes are consistent with the guidance issued in USMEF’s Feb. 22 Exporter Update. Note that the Export Library changes indicated for “eligible pork products labeled for China” and for “fresh/frozen pork and lamb products, except beef and beef products” are only clarifications, and do not reflect changes in policy.

    USMEF is seeking clarification on why Subsection 2 of the Eligible Products section still refers to use of dedicated equipment as part of the EV program for Hong Kong. This language should no longer be needed, and we will provide an update when more details are available.
  • Mexico Plant List Update – An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.
  • Egg Products for Hong Kong – State-specific eligibility changes are posted for egg products destined for Hong Kong.

January 2013


  • Eligibility of U.S. Pork to El Salvador Clarified — Pork and pork products have been officially added to the list of items eligible for export to El Salvador. This is really just a clarification, however, rather than a policy change. Except for 2005, the U.S. has recorded at least $1 million in pork exports to El Salvador in each of the last 15 years. Through November of last year, pork/pork variety meat exports to El Salvador totaled 2,420 mt valued at $6.4 million – an increase of about 30 percent from 2011. (Global Trade Atlas data)
  • Some Casings of Brazilian Origin Now Ineligible for Japan — The Export Library for Japan allows only certain casings of specific origins to be re-exported from the United States to Japan. The latest Export Library update adds Brazil to the list of countries-of-origin from which the following products are ineligible for export to Japan:
    • Non-ruminant origin meat products produced using natural ruminant casings
    • Imported natural ruminant casings
    • Meat products using natural sheep casings
    • Meat products using natural bovine casings
    • Meat products using artificial casing derived from cattle hides
  • Plant List Update for Mexico – An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.
  • Updated Instructions for eTDE Pre-notification for China — The eTDE pre-notification requirements for China have been updated. Exporters must indicate in in Block 14 of the FSIS Form 9060-6 whether or not their certificate will be notified to the People’s Republic of China through the eTDE system. If not, the time required by the public health veterinarian to record information in the PHIS system will now be included in the reimbursable time charged to the establishment or exporter.
  • Islamic Center Update for UAE — Contact information has been updated for one of the approved Islamic halal certifiers for exports to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Poultry and Egg Eligibility for Hong Kong — In addition to the Export Library changes for Russia and Mexico (above), changes have also been posted to the state-specific eligibility requirements for poultry and eggs destined for Hong Kong.
  • EV Requirements Added to Export Library for Mexico — The Export Library for Mexico has been updated to include the requirement that beef and beef products and sheep and goat offals must originate from AMS Export Verification (EV) approved establishments. This requirement is not actually new, but the language is new to the Export Library. So USMEF is seeking further information on the reasoning behind this change, and will provide more details when we have clarification.
  • Casings Eligibility Change for South Korea — In the Export Library for South Korea, collagen casings have been added to the list of products that cannot be imported into the United States, then re-exported to South Korea. (Natural casings were already included on this list of products.)
  • Plant Relisting for Japan — The Export Library for Japan has been updated to reflect the relisting of a U.S. plant.
  • Eligible Plant List Updates for South Africa, Israel — The eligible plant list for South Africa has been updated, and the Export Library for Israel has also been updated to reflect changes in the list of plants eligible to serve this market.
  • Plant List Update for Brazil — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Brazil.
  • Formatting Update on Peru’s Packing Date Requirement — Last week we reported that the Export Library for Peru had been updated to reflect the requirement that all shipping container labels for meat and poultry must include a packing date. At that time, two options were listed as acceptable formats for the packing date. But today’s Export Library update for Peru states that a single format – DD/MM/YY – must be used.
  • Poultry to Cuba — State-specific restrictions on poultry exports to Cuba have been updated.
  • Updates to Russia’s Eligible Pork, Poultry Plant Lists — Russia’s eligible plant lists for pork and poultry have been updated to reflect separate plant delistings.
  • Packing Date Required on Shipping Container Labels for Meat, Poultry Destined for Peru — The Export Library for Peru has been updated to reflect Peru’s requirement that all shipping container labels for meat and poultry must include a packing date.
  • Poultry, Eggs to Japan – State-specific restrictions on exports of poultry and eggs to Japan have been updated.
  • Poultry to Taiwan – State-specific restrictions on poultry exports have been updated for Taiwan.
  • Poultry to Jordan – All state-specific restrictions on poultry exports have now been removed from the Export Library for Jordan.
  • Requirements for Honduras Simplified – The Export Library for Honduras has been updated, but the changes are really just a simplification of existing red meat export requirements.
  • Halal Requirements for Beef, Poultry Entering Jordan – The Export Library for Jordan has been updated to include halal certification requirements for beef and poultry. While these requirements are new to the Export Library, the impact on trade should not be significant since customer preference already dictated that meat products destined for Jordan were halal-compliant. This Export Library update also includes some state-specific eligibility changes for poultry.
  • Australia Plant List – The eligible plant list has been updated for Australia.
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