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October 2014


  • Mexico Plant List — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.
  • Advisory for Exporters Serving Colombia — Advisory language in the “Additional certification requirements” section for Colombia has been expanded to include the following:

    The Colombian Authority may require that the import license be obtained prior to the FSIS certifying official signing the export certificate and associated documentation. Not obtaining the import license prior to the signature of the FSIS certifying official may result in a rejected shipment by Colombian authorities.

September 2014


  • More Pork Offal Items Now Eligible for Russia; Veal Byproducts also Eligible — On Aug. 7, all export requirements for Russia were removed from the Export Library in response to Russia’s import ban on U.S. pork and beef products. But the scope of Russia’s import ban was clarified on Sept. 5, when eligibility was restored for pork liver, heart, kidneys and pork fat.

    The latest Export Library update for Russia further clarifies the scope of the import ban by restoring eligibility for pork cheek meat, head meat, tongue, backbone, brisket bones, bung, pig ears, pig feet, femur bone, hanging tender, hocks, jowl, neck bones, pancreas, skin, skirt/diaphragm, snout, tongue, spleen, tail, tendons and whole heads. Eligible pork fat has also been further defined to include back fat, caul fat, cutting fat and leaf fat. Please note that all of these items must the export requirements that were in place for Russia prior to the Aug. 7 ban, and must be sourced from a pork plant that was eligible to export to Russia at the time the ban was imposed.

    All U.S. beef and beef products remain ineligible for Russia, because this was already the case at the time of the import ban. However, one U.S. plant is eligible to ship veal to Russia, and this Export Library update restores eligibility for the following items, provided they are produced by the eligible veal plant:

    Veal byproducts such as achilles tendon, back strap, cheek meat, feet, femur bone, hanging tender, head meat, heart, kidney, liver, tail, skirt/diaphragm, skirt sinew, sweetbread, tongue, weasand and edible fat derived from formula fed calves, three to eight months of age, which are slaughtered and fabricated on or after March 26, 2013.

    Please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.

  • Documentation Requirements for Thailand — Two new sections have been added to the documentation requirements for Thailand – one applies to natural casings, the other is for products destined for ship stores. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.
  • Korea Reinstates Beef Plant — A beef plant that was delisted in August has been reinstated by South Korea, effective Sept. 17.
  • Mexico Plant List — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.
  • Brazil Plant List — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Brazil.
  • Advisory Language Added to Documentation Requirements for EU — In the Export Library for the European Union, the following advisory language has been added to Section XVII – Documentation – List of Required Certificates:

    “The exporter should check with their importer whether letterhead certificate for each product type, in one shipment, should have a unique number in Box I.2, which is the serial number of the corresponding 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.”

    A new subsection “A” has also been added to this section, with other subsections re-numbered accordingly:

    A. For all in Lieu of certificates please add the following statement on the last page of the letterhead certificate: “This certificate no________to the EU is issued on (today’s date) is in lieu of certificate no . _____ dated__________.”

    If multiple certificates are consolidated into one in lieu of certificate, then please list each certificate number and the date.

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

August 2014


  • Updated Labeling Requirements for Mechanically Tenderized Beef, Boneless Products Destined for Canada — Labeling requirements for blade and needle-tenderized beef destined for Canada have been updated to reflect Canada’s current regulations for these products. Specifically, the cooking instructions that must appear on the label can now recommend a minimum internal temperature of 63 degrees Celsius (145 degrees Fahrenheit), rather than the previously required 71 degrees (160 degrees Fahrenheit).

    Further details on Canada’s regulations for blade and needle-tenderized beef can be found in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Policy O and in this guidance document.

    Also, Canada no longer requires boneless meat cuts to be labeled as “boneless” if they are boneless by nature and have not been deboned.

    If you have any questions about these changes, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.
  • Contact Information Updated for UAE-approved Halal Certifier — Updated contact information has been posted for one of the halal certifiers approved by the United Arab Emirates. (No certifiers have been added to or removed from the approved list.)
  • Canned Beef, Blood Products Destined for Australia — Export requirements for canned beef products destined for Australia have been updated. Please note that U.S. beef (including canned beef) and blood products are not eligible for Australia, nor were they eligible prior to this update.

    Previously, this section applied only to canned beef and made no mention of blood products. The section also referred only to canned beef imported from Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand and Uruguay, but now refers to “BSE-free countries.” The main impact of this change is that Brazilian products are no longer eligible, since Brazil confirmed BSE cases in December 2012 and May 2014.

    Some documentation requirements have also been updated. Please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328 if you have any questions.
  • Labeling Advisory Added for Japan — In the Export Library for Japan, the following language has been added to the Labeling Requirements sections for both meat and poultry products:

    Use of “best before” and “use by” dates is regulated by the Consumer Affairs Agency of Japan. Japanese importers are responsible for clearly labeling meat or meat products with the appropriate “best before” or “use by” date in Japanese at the time the importer sells the product In practice, Japanese importers may request that U.S. suppliers/manufacturers of meat and meat products provide information for the importer to set the appropriate “best before” or “use by” date.

    Please note that this is advisory language only, and does not represent an actual change in Japan’s labeling requirements.
  • Pork Plants, Cold Storage Facilities, Delisted by China — The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect delisting of 12 facilities (six pork plants and six cold storage facilities) for product shipped on or after Aug. 13.
  • Delisting Date Clarified for Korea — Last week we reported that South Korea had delisted a U.S. plant effective Aug. 7. The Export Library for Korea has now been updated to clarify that product from this plant that was produced on or before Aug. 6 is still eligible.
  • Additional Halal Certifier Approved for UAE — A sixth company has been added to the list of halal certifiers approved by United Arab Emirates. Contact information was also updated for one of the certifiers already on the approved list.
  • Australia Plant List — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.
  • No Certificates for Russia as of Aug. 7; Details on In-transit Shipments Still to Come — As we reported earlier this week, Russia has issued a decree banning, for a period of one year, agricultural imports from countries that have imposed economic sanctions on Russia as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Because U.S. beef, pork and poultry are on the list of products for which imports have been suspended, all export requirements have been removed from the Export Library for Russia and replaced with the following statement:

    Russia has banned the import of all beef, pork and poultry and beef, pork and poultry products from the United States. Beginning on August 7, 2014, no certificates for export of these products to Russia should be issued. Information about in-transit shipments certified for export to Russia prior to August 7, 2014, will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

    USMEF-Russia staff members continue to gather details on this matter, including how Russian customs officials intend to handle in-transit shipments. Customs officials have issued an instruction letter stating that clearance will be allowed until 12:00 a.m. on Aug. 9 (midnight tonight) if documents are provided “confirming the actual payment for the imported shipment according to the contract.” More information on clearance procedures could be released today, and we will report these details as they become available.


    If you have any questions regarding this situation, please email Cheyenne Dixon or Thad Lively or call 303-623-6328.

July 2014


  • Plant Delisting for Korea — The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to reflect a plant delisting, effective Aug. 7.
  • Australia Plant List — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.
  • Labeling Requirements Clarified, Pork Documentation Requirements Updated for China — The Export Library for China includes the following changes:
    • Labeling requirements (for all species) have been updated to clarify that the production lot number (as defined by the exporter) on an exterior label must be the same as the production lot number on the inner label.
    • Documentation requirements for pork and pork products have been updated with the following guidance:

      To facilitate entry of shipments in transit that were certified for export to China prior to July 1, FSIS will issue replacement certificates if requested for these shipments until September 30, 2014. Effective October 1, 2014 replacement certificates may not be issued for these shipments.

      Shipments certified for other countries (e.g. Hong Kong) may not be re-issued as replacement certificates for China regardless of the date of the original certificate unless the applicant can demonstrate that the shipment meets current requirements for export to China.
  • Certificate of Wholesomeness References Simplified for Korea — In the Export Library for South Korea, references to FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness, have been simplified. The series required and dates of issue have been eliminated.
  • Cold Storage Facility Addition for Japan — A cold storage facility has been added to the Eligible Plant List for Japan.
  • Russia’s Requirements for Shipments Transiting through EU — In the July 22 Exporter Update, we reported on Russia’s new requirements for meat shipments transiting through the European Union. These requirements are now posted in the Export Library for Russia.

    Please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.
  • Approved Halal Certifier Added for UAE — A fifth approved halal certifier has been added to the Export Library for the United Arab Emirates.

    In addition, contact information has been updated for the four certifiers already listed in the Export Library.
  • Additional Guidance on Chile’s Beef Labeling Requirements — Beef labeling requirements for Chile include a mandate that the protective covering in which cuts are placed must include the USDA quality grade designation or grade shield. While this requirement is not new, FSIS has now posted additional guidance on how exporters can best comply with it, which reads as follows:

    An insert with the label information and AMS grade inside of each cryovac sealed package is acceptable in lieu of embossing the same information and grade on each closed bag. This grade label insert must comply with FSIS and AMS requirements, and cannot be placed in a carton with multiple unlabeled and graded product. Each grade must be separate and identifiable.
  • Guidance Documents Posted for Colombia — The Export Library for Colombia has been updated to include links to an FAS Gain Report providing guidance on product labeling and registration requirements, as well as a link to the FSIS Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory. No requirements have changed.
  • Advisory Posted for EU; Guidance for Completing Certificates also Updated — The following advisory has been added to the Documentation Requirements section for the European Union:

    The exporter should check with their importer whether letterhead certificate for each product type, in one shipment, should have a unique number in Box I.2, which is the serial number of the corresponding 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.

    Guidelines for completing several veterinary certificates for the EU have also been updated, but export requirements for these products have not changed.
  • Colombia’s Labeling Requirements Clarified — The Export Library for Colombia has been amended to clarify that all information listed in the Labeling Requirements section must appear in Spanish on the consumer packaging, either through use of a consumer packaging label or on an authorized sticker/label affixed to the product.

    The information listed in the labeling requirements (ingredients, weight, etc.) has not changed. Please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.
  • Registration, Labeling Requirements Updated for Uruguay — The Export Library for Uruguay has been updated to include registration and labeling requirements that have been in place, but were not previously detailed in the library. Specific details can be found in the “Other Requirements” section.

    Please note that these requirements apply to all meat and poultry products destined for Uruguay, including single muscle cuts and offal products. For further information, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.
  • Packaging Requirements for South Africa — Packaging requirements for South Africa have been updated to replace this language: Cartons must be securely strapped and must not be overfilled. With the following language: Cartons must be safely secured in a manner such that the product does not become loose or fall off the pallet.

    South Africa’s requirement that meat packed in an individual carton can only be from one species is not new, nor has it been changed by this Export Library update.
  • Documentation Requirements for Hog Casings Destined for Costa Rica — On February 28, Costa Rica suspended imports of U.S. hog casings derived/produced from animals slaughtered on or after May 17, 2013, due to the presence of PEDV in the United States. The Export Library for Costa Rica has now been updated with new documentation requirements for hog casings derived/produced from animals slaughtered before May 17, 2013, which are still eligible.
  • Mexico Plant List Update — The eligible plant list has been updated for Mexico.

June 2014


  • Cold Storage Facilities Added to Eligible Plant List for Mexico – An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico, adding cold storage facilities.
  • High-quality Beef Quota Requirements Revised for Switzerland — The Export Library for Switzerland has been updated to reflect changes made to the Swiss high-quality beef (HQB) requirements and forms for beef and bison. Effective July 14, FSIS Form 9180-3 should not be used to certify high-quality beef or bison for Switzerland. Under the previous HQB requirements, beef could qualify for the quota if it graded USDA Choice or higher or if the cattle were under an AMS feed verification program as part of the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) program. Under these new requirements, the option to certify only on the basis of grading USDA Choice or higher has been removed. If a plant chooses to certify to the HQB requirements by not using a feed verification program, an in-house carcass specification will have to be followed. Please note that Switzerland is not a member of the EU, and no changes have been made to the EU HQB requirements for beef and bison.
  • Cold Storage Facility Added to Eligible Pork Plant List for Russia — The eligible pork plant list for Russia has been updated to include another cold storage facility. This brings the total number of eligible cold storage facilities to 15 (five were added this week), but there are still only two U.S. pork slaughter plants eligible for Russia.
  • U.S. Pork Added to Eligible Products List for Suriname – U.S. pork and pork products have been added to the eligible products list for Suriname. This is a clarification, however, as shipments of U.S. pork have entered Suriname for several years – peaking in 2008 at 143 mt.

    All fresh/frozen beef, pork and poultry products destined for Suriname require FSIS Form 9060-5.

  • Cold Storage Facilities Added to Eligible Pork Plant List for Russia – The eligible pork plant list for Russia has been updated to include four more cold storage facilities. This brings the total number of eligible cold storage facilities to 14, but there are still only two U.S. slaughter plants eligible for Russia.
  • Ractopamine Control Requirements, Effective July 1, Posted for China – Late Friday afternoon, the FSIS Export Library for China was updated with new requirements for U.S. pork and pork products. Products presented for export to China on or after July 1, 2014, must be produced under one of two programs outlined in the Export Library and must comply with all new requirements. (Pork casings intended for processing in China and subsequent re-export are exempt.)

    If you have questions, please contact Travis Arp or Thad Lively.
  • Correction to Beef Letterhead Certificate for Uruguay – As we reported in the June 3 Exporter Update, Uruguay is now open to U.S. beef and beef products. This Export Library update simply inserts a missing word into the beef letterhead certificate and clarifies that exporters of any product (all species) should verify that their importer has a valid import permit. No requirements have changed.
  • Uruguay Opens to U.S. Beef – Uruguay is now open to U.S. beef and beef products, with no cattle age or product restrictions. FSIS Form 9060-5 is required, as well as a valid import permit. Exporters should also note that all processed meat and poultry products must be registered with the Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo, and receive a Certificate of Marketing from Technical Laboratory of Uruguay. More information about this process is available in this FAS GAIN Report.
    This is the first time since the 2003 BSE case that U.S. beef has been eligible for Uruguay, and it is the first South American market outside of the Pacific and Caribbean corridors to reopen to U.S. beef. If you have any questions about exporting to Uruguay, please contact Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

May 2014


  • Plant List Updates for Mexico – Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.
  • Updated Certificate for Japan – The Export Library for Japan has been updated to include a new version of FSIS Form 9290-1.
  • Further Changes to UAE’s List of Approved Halal Certifiers – We reported earlier this month that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had delisted an approved halal certifier, effective June 7. This certifier’s eligibility has now been extended to Aug. 7.

    Contact information has also been updated for one of the other certifiers on the UAE’s approved list.

  • Additional Documentation Requirements for Fiji — Certificates for all exports destined for Fiji must now be signed by an FSIS veterinarian, with the veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) indicated after the signature.
  • Lamb, Mutton, Goat Meat Eligibility Clarified for UAE – Lamb, mutton and goat meat products have been added to the eligible products list for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). U.S. lamb has been exported to the UAE for several years (peaking in 2011 at 84 metric tons), but this Export Library update clarifies the range of red meat products eligible for this market.
    Exporters should also note that with the obvious exception of pork, all meat products destined for the UAE must be halal-certified.
  • Mexico Now Open to Over-30-Month Beef Shipments – The Export Library for Mexico has been updated to reflect full opening of the market to U.S. beef from cattle of all ages (we first reported this change in the April 30 Exporter Update). The Export Library also now reflects termination of the AMS export verification (EV) program for Mexico, which is no longer necessary. The only age-related restriction that remains in place is that beef from cattle more than 30 months of age must be derived from cattle slaughtered after May 28, 2013 – which is the date on which the United States’ BSE risk classification was upgraded to “negligible” by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). (Also note that beef products containing advanced meat recovery and mechanically separated meat remain ineligible for Mexico, regardless of cattle age.)

    Several letterhead certificates for beef products and processed products destined for Mexico have also been updated, but Mexico will accept either the new version or the previous version of these certificates until June 27, 2014. On that date, exporters must begin using the new version.

    Please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.
  • List of Halal Certifiers Updated for UAE – The list of approved halal certifiers for the United Arab Emirates has been updated to reflect a delisting, effective June 7, 2014.
  • Clarification on Pork Pancreas Glands to Argentina – The Export Library for Argentina has been updated to clarify that pork pancreas glands for pharmaceutical use can be harvested from all federally inspected establishments. This is the only U.S. pork item eligible for Argentina.
  • Retail-ready Pork Added to Eligible Products List for New Zealand – The Export Library for New Zealand has been updated to reflect eligibility of unprocessed fresh/frozen pork in consumer-ready packages of less than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).

    A new section “E” has also been added to reflect corresponding changes in the FSIS letterhead certificate and a manufacturer’s declaration for the newly eligible pork products. (NOTE: The contents of the old section “E” are now in section “F” and subsequent sections have been re-numbered accordingly.)

    For many years, U.S. pork exports to New Zealand were limited to cooked products, canned (or equivalent) products and unprocessed fresh/frozen pork that had to be shipped to a designated facility in New Zealand for cooking. These restrictions, which also applied to several other pork-exporting countries serving New Zealand, were imposed due to concerns about porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). Following a thorough risk assessment in 2012, New Zealand authorities eased these restrictions to allow for some retail-ready packages of fresh pork. However, the revised regulations were the subject of a lengthy court challenge that finally ended with a New Zealand Supreme Court decision in December 2013.

    On a separate note, new documentation requirements specify that the veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) must be indicated after the FSIS veterinarian’s signature and that the signature must be applied in a different color of ink to that of the printing. Please note that these new documentation requirements apply to all meat and poultry exports destined for New Zealand, not just the newly eligible pork products.

    If you have any questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • New Labeling Requirements for Prepackaged Processed Meats Destined for Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia has added new labeling requirements for prepackaged processed meat and poultry products. Labels must now list ingredients in descending order of weight at the time of manufacture. The name and address of the manufacturer or packer must also be included, if the packer is not the manufacturer. (Exporters are reminded that U.S. beef is currently ineligible for Saudi Arabia, and pork is only allowed for military or diplomatic use.)

  • Name Changed on Russia Pork Plant List – The eligible pork plant list for Russia has been updated to include a plant name change, but no plants have been added or removed from the list.
  • Plant List Update for Australia – The eligible plant list has been updated for Australia.
  • Updated Guidance for Singapore on Microbiological Testing – The Export Library for Singapore has been updated to reflect recent changes in the FDA’s Bacterial Analytical Manual, a link to which is included in the Export Library as guidance for bacteriological analytical guidelines often used in Singapore’s microbiological testing practices.

April 2014


March 2014


  • Clarification on Beef Exports to Ecuador – As we reported on March 21, Ecuador has resumed imports of U.S. beef for the first time since 2003. The Export Library for Ecuador has now been updated to clarify two provisions:
    1. Last week’s Export Library entry stated that Ecuador requires imported cattle from which beef is derived to reside in the United States for at least 60 days prior to slaughter. But this requirement applies only to cattle imported from Canada, not Mexico. The requirement was already outlined in the Export Verification program, but is now clarified in the Export Library as well.
    2. Export certificates can be signed by an FSIS veterinarian or inspector.
  • Clarification on Pork to Colombia – The Export Library for Colombia has been updated to clarify language in the documentation requirements for pork and pork meat products. None of the export requirements for Colombia have changed.
  • Eligible Plant List for Brazil – Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Brazil.
  • Cold Storage Facilities Added to Eligible Pork Plant List for Russia – Four cold storage facilities have been added to the eligible pork plant list for Russia with an effective date of March 20, 2014, and subject to the following conditions:

    Pork stored at this establishment that was produced subject to the AMS Export Verification program for Russia and the AMS QSVP Never Fed Beta Agonists program is eligible to export to the Russian Federation. Prior to certifying product for export to Russia, the eligible product list and corresponding product codes must also be reviewed.

  • U.S. Beef Now Eligible for Ecuador – Beef and beef products, including a list of approved offal items, are now eligible for export to Ecuador.

    All products must be produced under an approved AMS EV program showing that if Canadian cattle were used, they were in the U.S. a minimum of 60 days prior to slaughter. If you have any questions regarding the export requirements for Ecuador, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

  • Pork, Lamb also Expected to be Eligible for Sri Lanka – On Friday we reported that U.S. beef and beef products had been added to the eligible products list for Sri Lanka. USMEF also expects U.S. pork and lamb to be eligible for Sri Lanka in the near future, but they have not yet been added to the Export Library. We will post further updates on the eligibility of pork and lamb as more details become available.
  • U.S. Beef Now Eligible for Sri Lanka – U.S. beef and beef products have been added to the eligible products list for Sri Lanka.
  • Casings Plant List Update for Japan – An update has been posted to the eligible casings plant list for Japan.
  • Eligibility Clarified for Pork Products to Peru – The Export Library for Peru has been updated to clarify that pork products are eligible for Peru, in addition to fresh/frozen pork. The letterhead certificate for cooked pork sausage and/or matured, partially cooked (scalded) or cooked pork ham to Peru has also been updated. No requirements have changed.
  • Cold Storage Facilities List for Japan – The list of eligible cold storage facilities has been updated for Japan.
  • Eligibility Requirements Outlined for Pork to Russia; Two Plants Approved, Cold Storage Situation Unclear – On the evening of March 7, the blanket ban on U.S. pork was removed from the Export Library for Russia. The library was updated to indicate that in order for pork and pork byproducts to be eligible for Russia, they must be produced under the AMS Never Fed Beta Agonist QSVP Program.

    In addition to meeting all requirements of the AMS Never Fed Beta Agonist QSVP Program, Russia also requires monthly laboratory testing for ractopamine that is conducted under FSIS supervision. (While any establishment producing under the QSVP program must develop an AMS-approved verification testing regime that tests samples at least once per quarter, the monthly testing under FSIS supervision is an additional requirement that is unique to the Russian market.) For more details on the QSVP testing requirements, visit the AMS Lab Approval Program for Analysis of Beta Agonists webpage.

    In addition to these Export Library updates, the eligible pork plant list for Russia was also updated to include two of the three U.S. plants currently registered under the Never Fed Beta Agonist QVSP Program. It is USMEF’s understanding that Russia agreed to restore plant eligibility based on participation in the QVSP program and guarantees provided by FSIS, which is a positive development. It is important to note, however, that no cold storage facilities have yet been reinstated on the eligible plant list. This raises some questions about product movement, because all pork exports to Russia must undergo cold treatment for trichinae.

    USMEF will report further on this situation as more details become available. If you have questions, please contact Thad Lively or Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

  • Guidance for Public Health Veterinarians on Export Certificates for China – Documentation procedures for Public Health Veterinarians have been updated in the Export Library for China. This change should not affect any requirements or practices followed by exporters.
  • Registration Requirements Clarified for Products Exported to Vietnam – The Export Library for Vietnam has been updated to clarify that cold storage warehouses are not required to complete Appendix 3 registration with Vietnam’s National Agro-Forestry and Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD). However, all product exported from a warehouse must be sourced from facilities that are properly registered with NAFIQAD.

    Please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.

  • Plant List Updates for Mexico, Brazil – Eligible plant lists have been updated for Mexico and Brazil.

February 2014


  • EU Guidelines Updated with HS Code Clarification – All EU guidelines have been updated to include clarification on listing of HS codes on the export certificate. Furthermore, the Documentation section (XVII) has been updated to clarify that the export stamp must be applied in the area of the certificate provided for an “official stamp,” as well as at the bottom of each preceding page of the certificate, along with the signature.
  • Uzbekistan Pork Suspension Now Reflected in Export Library – As we noted earlier this week, Uzbekistan has suspended imports of U.S. pork and pork products effective Jan. 24, 2014, due to PEDv.
  • Changes to Export Requirements for Canada – Exporters should be aware of recent changes to the Canada and Canada (Special Import Procedures) pages of the online FSIS Library of Export Requirements:

    Changes made to the Canada page:

    • A statement indicating that inedible meat products identified for animal food use must be denatured prior to export to Canada has been added.
    • Further clarification has been added to the Plants Eligible to Export Section. All federally inspected establishments are recognized initially as eligible to export to Canada. Each establishment, however, must ensure that they are listed in the FSIS Meat and Poultry Inspection Directory to prevent any delays. If your establishment is not listed in the directory, please contact FSIS. A FSIS Form 9080-3 is not needed for establishment recognition for Canada.

    Changes made to the Canada (Special Import Procedures) page:

    • As we reported on January 27, the preclearance requirements for exports to Canada have been removed following the tiered implementation process. Details can be found on the Canada (Special Import Procedures) page and Canada page.
    • The U.S. precertification option for sampling loads following CFIA violations has also been removed. All loads from an establishment that has been flagged for a laboratory-related violation will now be subject to hold-and-test procedures at the Canadian inspection point. Further clarification has also been provided on how multiple violations will be handled in regard to the delisting of a U.S. establishment.
  • Hog Casings Ineligible for Costa Rica – Hog casings derived from animals slaughtered on or after May 17, 2013, are now ineligible for Costa Rica. FSIS has confirmed that this change is related to PEDv.
  • Email Pre-notification Method Discontinued for China – The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect elimination of the email option for pre-notification of certificates to China, due to lack of use. With exporters now using the eTDE system for pre-notification, FSIS recently informed USMEF that it has been several months since anyone has utilized the email alternative. Therefore, discontinuing this option should have no impact on the industry. If you have any questions, please email Paul Clayton or Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.
  • Australia Plant List Update – The eligible plant list has been updated for Australia.
  • Eligible Cold Storage List for Japan – The list of eligible cold storage facilities has been updated for Japan.
  • Beef, Pork Offal Now Eligible for Vietnam, but Note Guidance on Documentation – USMEF was informed by FAS-Hanoi that Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture has agreed to include all beef and pork offal products on the newest version of the Vietnam letterhead certificate, and this information has now been updated in the Export Library for Vietnam.

    Please note that FAS is instructing exporters to begin submitting updated Circular 25 Appendix 3 documentation to add the additional offal items to their companies’ product lists. (If you do not intend to export offal products, no action is required.)

    Exporters can access the updated Appendix 3 template and submission instructions on USMEF’s exporting guidelines web page. Please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.

  • Plant Delisting for Canada – The Export Library for Canada has been updated to reflect delisting of a beef plant.
  • Mexico Plant List - The eligible plant list has been updated for Mexico.
  • 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.
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