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FSIS Export Library Updates

May 2016


  • Stunning Declaration Requirement Removed for St. Kitts — In the Export Library for St. Kitts and Nevis, exporters are required to include statements of compliance in the Remarks section of Form 9060-5. Those statements no longer include the following, which has been removed:

    The cattle from which the fresh meat and meat products destined for export were derived were not subject to a process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas in the cranial cavity, or to a pithing process.

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

  • Plant List Update for Egypt — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Egypt.
  • Facility Name Updated in Pork Plant List for Russia — The eligible pork plant list for Russia has been updated to reflect a cold storage facility name change. No facilities have been added or removed from the list.
  • Bison, Wild Game Not Eligible for Export Certification to Mexico — In the Export Library for Mexico, bison and wild game have been added to the list of products for which export certification cannot be issued. Equine products, including horsemeat, were already listed in this section prior to this update, and remain ineligible for certification to Mexico.

    Exporters with questions may email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Exports to Korea Must Indicate ‘Frozen’ or ‘Chilled’ on Form 9060-5 — The Export Library for South Korea now includes a requirement that the state of refrigeration at the time of certification must be indicated in the “PRODUCT AS LABELED” block of FSIS Form 9060-5. Examples of how to comply with this requirement are detailed in a new section “D” of the Documentation Requirements for South Korea. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Annual Residue Sampling Frequency Updates for EU — The Export Library for the European Union has been updated with the standard, annual revisions to the EU residue sampling frequency for pork, steers/heifers, wild boars and bison.

    Also, a few words of clarification were added to Section XVII. Documentation – List of Required Certificates for the Certificate of Authenticity for Bison (additions are underlined below):

    Note: Bison is not eligible for the high quality beef quota B and only the reference to Regulation (EC) No 593/2013 (quota A) can be added to FSIS Form 9180-3 as described below. FSIS PHVs should not certify bison under the high quality beef quota B, (EC) No 481/2012.


  • Australia Plant List Update — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Metric Weight Labeling Change for Kuwait — The Export Library for Kuwait has included a requirement that all lettering and numbers for unit metric weight must be written in Arabic. Now this information may be written in either Arabic or Latin. No other requirements have changed.

April 2016


  • Cold Storage Facility Add to ‘Not Eligible’ List for China — In the Export Library for China, a cold storage facility has been added to the Plants Not Eligible to Export list. The effective shipping date is on or after April 25.

  • South Africa Plant List Update — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

  • Pork Eligibility Clarified for Republic of Congo — The Export Library for the Republic of Congo has been amended to clarify that U.S. pork and pork products are eligible for this market. Beef and beef products were added to the eligible products list in February.

  • Exports Won’t be Certified for Turkmenistan — In a new Export Library entry for Turkmenistan, FSIS advises that U.S. meat and poultry exports should not be certified until the two countries reach agreement on export procedures. If you have questions about serving this market, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Mexico Plant List Updates — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • EV Program Suspension for Taiwan — An Export Library update for Taiwan reflects temporary suspension of one U.S. establishment’s export verification (EV) program and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) program. Exporters affected by this suspension may also want to review this USDA listing of eligible suppliers. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Plant List Update for Mexico — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated in the FSIS Export Library.

  • Antimicrobial Restrictions Revised for Singapore — In the Feb. 12 Exporter Update, we reported that the Export Library for Singapore had been revised to specify allowable concentration levels for eight antimicrobial agents approved for use on meat and poultry carcasses and cuts destined for Singapore. In this latest update, those concentration requirements have been removed from the library and the agents may once again be used in accordance with FSIS Directive 7120.1.

    Other changes included in this library update:

    • A ninth antimicrobial agent – acidified sodium chlorite – and has been added to the approved list
    • The list of the antimicrobial agents used to include specific pathogen reduction technology (PRT) blends, rather than just the generic product names (i.e. “peroxyacetic acid,” versus “an aqueous blend of peroxyacetic acid, acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and HEDP”). The list is now simplified to use generic names, with the concentration level also removed for each item.

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

  • Ban on Wooden Pallets Eased for Waterborne Beef Shipments to Israel — When U.S. beef regained access to Israel earlier this year, the export requirements included a ban on the use of wooden pallets in the processing, packing or storage of meat. This Export Library update specifies that wooden pallets are acceptable for ocean shipments, provided that the pallets meet ISPM 15 international standards.

  • Plant List Update for South Africa — For the second time this week, an update has been posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

March 2016


  • Updated Plant List for Israel — An updated eligible plant list for Israel, which includes one slaughter plant and one cold storage facility, is now posted. This list is also referenced in the Export Library for Israel.

    If you have questions about exporting to Israel, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • EU Updates on Residue Testing for Bison Meat, Weight Documentation Requirements — In the Export Library for the European Union, the instructions for bison residue testing have been updated. FDA will only pay for bison residue samples for bison born and raised in the United States. All samples for U.S.-born-and-raised bison, except for those marked EU_02_BI_DEN, must continue to go to Maxxam Labs in Canada. Samples marked with EU_02_BI_DEN, which only applies to U.S.-born-and-raised bison, will go to the FDA lab in Denver. Imported bison residue samples can be sent to any approved AMS laboratory, but must be arranged and paid for by the slaughter establishment, not FDA. The frequency and scheduling of bison residue testing has not changed.

    A statement has also been added to the Documentation section clarifying that the gross and net weights included in I.20 of the export documentation must be listed in kilograms.

    If you have questions, Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant List Update for Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Documents Updated for Pork Destined for South AfricaIn the Export Library for South Africa, the list of imported pork products exempt from further processing requirements has been amended to match the language specified in the Export Library regarding removal of visible lymph nodes and connective tissue. The corresponding pork letterhead certificate has been updated to make the product description boxes larger. No requirements have changed.

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


  • Beef Letterhead Update for Dominica — The Export Library for Dominica now includes an updated beef letterhead certificate. No requirements have changed.

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


  • EV Program Suspension Lifted for Japan, Korea — The temporary suspension of an establishment’s export verification (EV) programs and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) programs for Japan and South Korea has been lifted, provided that products are derived from cattle slaughtered on or after Feb. 17.

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


  • Imported Products Re-exported to Barbados; Updated Beef Letterhead Certificate — In the Export Library for Barbados, a statement has been added to the eligible products section indicating that any meat or poultry products imported into the United States, but not further processed in the U.S., can be exported to Barbados. New instructions on how to complete export documentation for these products have also been added to the Documentation Requirements section. The beef and beef products letterhead certificate has also been updated, but no requirements (except for the imported products referred to above) have changed.

  • Updated Beef Letterhead Certificate for Nicaragua — The beef and beef products letterhead certificate has been updated for Nicaragua, but no requirements have changed.

  • Plant List Update for South Africa — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for South Africa.

  • Lymph Node Removal Clarified for Pork to South Africa — As we reported Friday, South Africa is now open to U.S. pork. In a further update to the Export Library for South Africa, the Documentation Requirements section now specifies that FSIS Inspection Program Personnel must be provided with documentation verifying that all visible and superficial lymph nodes have been removed from the product (the previous library update included “visual and superficial” in the guidance language for exporters, but not in the actual Documentation Requirements).

    More details on the new pork export requirements for South Africa were included in the Feb. 26 Exporter Update. If you have questions, please contact Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


February 2016


  • Plant List Update for Australia — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Documentation Requirements Clarified for Cayman Islands — Earlier this month, the Export Library for the Cayman Islands was updated to include revisions to the beef and beef products letterhead.

    Today’s update removed the beef and beef products letterhead and indicates that the following statement must be provided in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5:

    The United States complies with the conditions in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE as a country that presents a Negligible Risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

    No other requirements have changed.


  • U.S. Beef Eligibility Clarified for Republic of Congo — U.S. beef and beef products have been added to the eligible products list for Republic of Congo. The U.S. has shipped small volumes of beef to the Republic of Congo for some time, but this library update clarifies its eligibility.

  • Revised Certificate Posted for Taiwan — The Export Library for Taiwan has been updated to reflect the recently revised FSIS Form 9285-1, a Certificate for Export required for all products exported to Taiwan. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Documentation Requirements for Imported Pork Casings Destined for China — New documentation requirements for imported pork casings have been added to the Export Library for China. The new language reads:

    Imported Pork Casings: Obtain FSIS Form 9060-18 – Animal Casings Export Certificate for Countries Requiring Ante-mortem, Post-mortem, and Sound and Clean Statements. Do not place statements or other markings in the “Remarks” of this Form.

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


  • Plant Approval Procedures Clarified for South Africa — The latest Export Library update for South Africa deals primary with poultry, but the “Plants Eligible to Export” section has also been updated for all species. Language has been added to this section to clarify that an updated Grant of Inspection does not automatically change the establishment information on the South Africa approved plant list, and further actions need to be taken to update your establishment in the South Africa approved plant list. Instructions can be found in the FSIS Export Library. If you have questions about gaining approval for export to South Africa, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Correction to Japan EV Program Suspensions — We reported in the Feb. 4 Exporter Update that two establishments’ export verification (EV) programs and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) programs had been temporarily suspended for Japan and South Korea. At that time, the establishment numbers listed in the Export Library for Japan were incorrect, but have now been updated.

  • Cayman Islands: EV Error Corrected, Beef Letterhead and Imported Product Requirements Reinstated — Last week we noted that, in error, the lamb and goat meat export verification (EV) program requirement was removed from the Export Library for the Cayman Islands, and that exporters of lamb and goat meat should continue to follow the EV program and requirements. In this update to the Export Library, the EV program language has been restored.

    In addition, the Documentation Requirements section has been updated to reflect reinstatement of the beef and beef products letterhead. Please note the letterhead should be used instead of placing comments in the Remarks section of the 9060-5.

    Also please note that the language added last week amending how to handle imported meat products has been amended again. Language has been reinserted regarding meat and meat products imported into the U.S. from Australia, New Zealand or Canada and re-exported to the Cayman Islands. If these products have not been subject to further processing in the United States, a copy of the applicable health certificate must accompany the product and the exporter must follow the Export Library’s instructions for completing the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5. If the product has been subject to further processing or if it is canned, boneless meat, no health certificate is required but the exporter still must follow the applicable instructions for completing the Remarks section.

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


  • EV Program Suspensions Posted for Japan and Korea — Export Library updates for Japan and South Korea reflect temporary suspension of two establishments’ export verification (EV) programs and Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) programs for these markets. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Australia Plant List Update — A pork processing plant has been added to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Benin Now Fully Open to U.S. Beef — In September, we reported that boneless beef had been added to the eligible products list for Benin. In this Export Library update, the list of eligible products has been expanded to include all U.S. beef and beef products.

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


  • Updates for EU Additional Residue Testing Program; High Quality Certification of Bison — The Residue Testing section for the European Union has been updated to amend the list of approved laboratories for EU slaughter plant residue testing. With this update, slaughter plants can now utilize any laboratory for EU residue testing that is listed in the USDA-AMS Export Laboratory list.

    Please note that only laboratories listed as approved for that specific test in the Approval Details column can be utilized. For example, if a slaughter plant needs to submit an EU test sample under Table 1 (pork, steers/heifers, and wild boar) for a beta agonist analysis, only laboratories listed as approved to test for “Beta agonists” can be utilized. Please note that this may result in sub-samples needing to be sent to multiple labs in case that specific laboratory does not perform all of the requested analyses under the EU residue testing program. As stated in the Export Library:

    Each EU approved slaughter establishment must make arrangements with one of the AMS approved laboratories in order to perform analyses included in this testing program. Contact FSIS, Phone (202) 720-0082 or (855) 444-9904, Fax (202) 720-7990, for assistance.

    Samples needing Analysis for Table 2 (bison) are still required to be submitted to FDA. More details on testing for bison destined for the EU can also be found in the Residue Testing section.

    Also please note that the Export Library has been updated to clarify that bison cannot be certified under the EC 481/2012 High Quality Beef quota using FSIS Form 2630-9. The requirements remain the same for certifying bison under the other High Quality quota, EC 593/2013, as stated in the Documentation section.

    If you have questions on any of these changes, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Ractopamine Residue Testing Methods Clarified for Pork Destined for China — In the Export Library for China, language has been added to clarify which ractopamine residue testing methods can be used for pork and pork products destined for China. No export requirements have changed.

    (Please note that a pork processing plant relisting is also marked as new, but this relisting was actually added to the Export Library last month.)


  • Documentation Requirements Updated for Beef Destined for St. Kitts — St. Kitts and Nevis is already fully open to U.S. beef, but the Documentation Requirements section has been updated to reflect the United States’ Negligible Risk status for BSE. Specifically, the beef letterhead certificate has been removed and the statements required for the Remarks section of the 9060-5 for beef have been amended. No export requirements have changed.

  • Kenya Now Open to U.S. Beef — Kenya, which was previously closed to U.S. beef due to BSE, is now open to all U.S. beef and beef products.

    Kenya’s total beef imports peaked in 2014 at 243 mt, mostly from Brazil, valued at about $400,000. In 2015 (through October), imports were about 50 percent below their 2014 pace.


January 2016


  • Documentation Changes for Products Destined for Cayman Islands — The following updates are posted to the Export Library for the Cayman Islands.

    Beef and Beef Products

    We reported earlier this week that the letterhead certificate for beef and beef products to the Cayman Islands had been amended. But please note that as of today, there is no longer a beef letterhead certificate available. Instead, note the three statements that need to be included in the Remarks section of the 9060-5 for beef and beef products destined for the Cayman Islands:

    • The United States complies with the conditions in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE as a country that presents a Negligible Risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
    • The cattle from which the fresh meat and meat products destined for export were derived were not subjected to a stunning process prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity, or to a pithing process.
    • The product was obtained from animals of U.S. origin or from animals and/or products that were legally imported in accordance with U.S. import requirements.

    FSIS informed USMEF that a beef letterhead may again be posted at some point. In the meantime, please follow the current instructions in the export library for exporting beef to the Cayman Islands.

    Products Imported Into the U.S. for Re-Export to the Cayman Islands

    All restrictions related to countries where product could be imported from into the U.S. before processing and/or re-export to the Cayman Islands have been removed. However, please note that additional statements for inclusion in the Remarks section of the 9060-5 for these types of products have been added into the Export Library. These statements vary depending on whether or not the imported product was further processed in the U.S. before re-exporting to the Cayman Islands. These Remarks statements can be found in Section 2 and Section 3 of the Documentation Requirements section. Also please note that if these imported products were not further processed in the U.S. before re-export to the Cayman Islands, the health certificate from the original exporting country must also accompany the product and its FSIS export documentation.

    Lamb and Goat Meat

    Language regarding the lamb and goat meat export verification (EV) program has been removed, but in error. This requirement is still in place. The library will be updated again with this wording in the next few days. Exporters of lamb and goat to the Cayman Islands should continue to follow the EV program and requirements as stated before.

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


  • Mexico Plant List Update — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect addition of a cold storage facility.

  • Japan Adds Norway, Romania to Ineligible List for Ruminant Casings — When exporting products to Japan that use natural ruminant casings, animals from which the casings are derived may not be born and raised in certain countries. This Export Library update adds Norway and Romania to this list of countries, and makes corresponding changes in the documentation requirements for Japan.

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


  • Documentation Requirements Clarified for Products Destined for EU — The following advisory language has been added to Section XVII: Documentation – List of Required Certificates in the Export Library for the European Union:

    Note: Many of the EU Model Health Certificates below contain material that is pre-marked through. While that material must remain marked through, there may be additional statements, words, species, etc. that must be marked through prior to certification. Applicable statements shall be kept as appropriate and statements which are not relevant should be marked through (single line through non-applicable text), initialed and stamped by the certifying FSIS veterinarian. Only the additional marked through material should be initialed and stamped by the FSIS veterinarian.

    Please note that this language has been added in response to EU concerns about additional mark throughs happening after the letterhead has been signed by the FSIS veterinarian. To ensure compliance with the statement above, any additional letterhead mark throughs must include both the veterinarian’s initials and the export stamp by each amended section.

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


  • Updated Letterhead Certificate for Beef to Cayman Islands — The Export Library for the Cayman Islands has been updated to reflect the United States’ negligible risk classification for BSE. The letterhead certificate has been updated accordingly, but no export requirements have changed.

  • South Africa Opens to U.S. Beef; Further Update Expected on Pork — The Export Library for South Africa has been updated, restoring eligibility for U.S. beef for the first time since the market closed following the December 2003 BSE case. U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle – of any age – slaughtered after June 24, 2015 are now eligible to ship to South Africa using this letterhead certificate. Please note that only slaughter and cut-up establishments listed on the approved plant list can produce beef for export to South Africa. The latest correspondence from USDA indicates that this list is up-to-date as of September 2015.

    For changes or updates to the information listed for your establishment (name, address, etc.), please contact FSIS at the email address listed in the “Plants Eligible to Export” section of the Export Library. For establishments seeking approval for South Africa, please follow the directions listed in that section. Note that further processing plants and cold storage facilities do not need South Africa approval but must source all of their product from eligible meat slaughter establishments.

    Please note that although updates have been made to the pork wording in the Export Library, all pork products (excluding casings) remain ineligible for export to South Africa. USMEF will report details on pork eligibility to South Africa once the library is updated with product eligibility details and corresponding letterhead certificates.

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


  • Mexico Plant List Update — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect relisting of a cold storage facility.

  • Israel Reopens to U.S. Beef — The Export Library for Israel has been updated to reflect reopening to U.S. beef and beef products that meet Israel’s requirements for kosher certification. Israel had been closed to U.S. beef since the December 2003 BSE case.

    Establishments interested in serving Israel should follow the procedures outlined in the Plant Approval section of the Export Library:

    Meat and poultry products shall originate and be prepared and stored in plants approved by the State of Israel. Plants and cold storages desiring to export meat and offals must meet the requirements listed here and submit an application, FSIS Form 9080-3. Contact FSIS at (202) 720-0082 or (855) 444-9904, FAX (202) 720-7990, or email to importexport@fsis.usda.gov for information on applying for Israel plant approval. Plants are required to be reviewed prior to final certification.

    Once reviewed and approved, exporting establishments should work closely with their importers to ensure that all requirements are met. Please note the following new handling and storage requirements, which were not previously listed in the Export Library:

    1. Use of wooden pallets, carton cold combos and other porous packing material in the processing, packing or storage of meat to be shipped to Israel is not permitted.
    2. Any product used in the processing or packing of meat (e.g., salt) must be kept in a food-safe container, stored in a clean and dry room and be kept separate from meat products and waste until the time of its use.
    3. Meat products undergoing processing that are left at the end of a processing day must be stored in an appropriate cold storage facility.

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


  • Plant List Update for Australia — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Plant List Updates for Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

December 2015


  • Beef to Colombia No Longer Needs EV Program — The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) export requirements for Colombia have been updated to show removal of the EV requirement for beef and beef products, effective Dec. 7, 2015. Any product produced before December 7, 2015 will still need to be EV compliant to export to Colombia. For any product produced on or after December 7, 2015, no EV program is needed. Please also note that a new letterhead certificate for beef and beef products has been posted. Please visit the FSIS export website to view the updated requirements and letterhead certificate for Colombia.

    The Official Listing of Eligible Suppliers under the USDA EV Programs will be updated to remove reference to Colombia under the EV Program for Bovine (ARC 1030U Procedure).

    If your company has an approved program to export beef to Colombia under the EV Program for Bovine (ARC 1030U Procedure):

    1. Remove reference to Colombia from your quality manual. The revised quality manuals do not need to be submitted for review.
    2. Remove reference to Colombia from your product list at the next revision.
    3. Notify the QA Division if your company wishes to withdraw from participating in the EV Program for Bovine (ARC 1030U Procedure) completely.

    If you have any questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer.


  • Pork Plant Reinstated for Export to China — The Export Library for China has been updated to reflect reinstatement of another U.S. pork plant. Eight pork processing plants and seven cold storage facilities have been relisted for China over the past two months. Please note, however, that while other recent relistings had an effective production date of Oct. 16, this one has an effective production date of Dec. 7. If you have any questions, please email Paul Clayton or call 303-623-6328.

  • Plant List Update for Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Plant List Update for Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Plant List Updates for Australia, Mexico — Updates are posted to the eligible plant list for Australia and the eligible plant list for Mexico.

November 2015


  • Caution Regarding Beef Destined for Pakistan — The following guidance language and contact information have been added to the Export Library for Pakistan.

    FSIS is working to get clarification on beef exports to Pakistan. Until we receive it, exporters exporting beef to Pakistan do so at their own risk. For questions contact the Import/Export Coordination & Policy Development Staff to confirm product eligibility via email at importexport@fsis.usda.gov, or phone (202) 720-0082) or (855) 444-9904.


  • Follow-up on EV Language Change for Hong Kong — As a follow-up to this Exporter Update we issued last week:

    EV Elimination Language Added for Hong Kong

    We have now confirmed that the additional language is intended to ease any confusion about the elimination of the export verification program for Hong Kong, and no export requirements have changed.

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


  • Plant List Update for Australia — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • EV Elimination Language Added for Hong Kong; USMEF Seeking More Information — The following language has been added to the “Plants Eligible for Export” section of the Export Library for Hong Kong:

    After June 17, 2014, bone-in beef products derived from cattle of any age no longer require an AMS Export Verification (EV) program.

    Because EV program requirements for Hong Kong were eliminated last year, we are seeking further information on why this language is being added at this time. We will report more details when they are available. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant List Update for Mexico — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Plant List Update for Australia — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Progress on Pork Plant Relistings for China — The Export Library for China has recently been updated to reflect reinstatement of seven U.S. pork processing plants and seven cold storage facilities (all with an effective production date of Oct. 16, 2015) for export to China.

    Exporters should note that updates were also made to the Ractopamine Control Program section of the Export Library for China. If you have questions about these changes or the plant relistings, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Full and Direct Access for U.S. Beef in Macao — The Export Library for Macao has been updated to incorporate the same range of eligible beef products approved for Hong Kong in 2013. So with only a few exceptions (such as trimmings, mechanically separated meat and lean finely textured beef), Macao is now fully open to U.S. beef from cattle of all ages.

    Documentation requirements have also been updated to allow direct beef shipments from the U.S. to Macao, which were not previously permitted. Most U.S. beef entering Macao is still likely to transit through Hong Kong because Macao lacks a deep water port, but this change gives U.S. exporters the option of shipping directly to Macao. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Certificate Updated for Pork Destined for Chile — The Export Library for Chile now includes an updated pork letterhead certificate. The only change made was to animal health language in paragraph 1, so no export requirements have changed.

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

  • Approved Islamic Centers for Malaysia Updated — In the Export Library for Malaysia, the list of approved Islamic Centers for halal certification has been updated. The list can be accessed from the Malaysia Department of Veterinary Services website.

  • Pork to U.S. Military in Qatar no Longer Allowed — All U.S. pork and pork products are now ineligible for Qatar. The Export Library had contained an exemption for pork shipped to the U.S. military in Qatar, but this exemption has been removed.

  • Obsolete Provision for Re-exporting Beef from Jamaica to St. Lucia Removed — Because St. Lucia no longer requires that beef be produced under an approved Less Than 30 (LT30) months-of-age program, certain requirements for re-exporting beef from Jamaica to St. Lucia are obsolete and have been removed from the Export Library for Jamaica.

October 2015


  • Plant List Update for Mexico — A new update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Canned Pork Now Eligible for Jamaica — Canned pork products have been added to the eligible products list for Jamaica. While pork no longer appears on the ineligible product list for Jamaica, this update specifies that pork products are eligible “only if in hermetically sealed tins.”

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

  • Labeling Requirements Updated for Russia — The Export Library for Russia has been updated to include new requirements for both box/carton and consumer-ready package labeling. The new carton labeling requirements apply to pork, but no changes have been made to the box labeling requirements for veal. For more information on these new, bilingual labeling requirements, you may also reference these USDA GAIN reports from July 2013 and November 2013.

    Although these labeling changes reference Eurasian Customs Union (EACU) regulations, only the export requirements for Russia have been changed at this time. No changes have been made to the labeling sections of the Export Library for Belarus or Kazakhstan. USMEF will provide more details as they become available. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Malaysia Relists U.S. Beef Plant — Malaysia’s Department of Veterinary Services has updated its website to reflect reinstatement of a U.S. beef plant. This link is included in the Export Library for Malaysia under “Plants Eligible to Export.”

    Please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328 if you have any questions.


September 2015


  • Cutting Plant Number Now Required for Some Beef Shipments to Egypt — For beef destined for Egypt, when cutting, deboning or further processing were performed at a facility other than those on the approved plant list for Egypt, exporters were already required to include the source slaughter plant number (which must be on the approved plant list) in the Remarks section of Form 9060-5. In these situations, the Export Library has now been updated to require both the source slaughter plant number and the cutting plant number in the Remarks section.

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

  • Mexico Plant List Update — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect delisting of a cold storage facility.

  • Export Requirements for EU Updated to Reflect Allowable Uses for Recycled Hot Water — The Antimicrobial Treatments section of the Export Library for the European Union has been updated to reflect the recently approved EU regulation authorizing the use of recycled hot water in intervention systems on slaughter floors.

    Regulation 2015/1474, which was approved by the European Commission in late August and took effect Sept. 18, allows for use of recycled hot water on beef, pork, bison and farmed game carcasses and half carcasses, but only prior to their entry into the carcass cooler or hot box. Provided they meet all other requirements for export to the EU, carcasses or half carcasses treated with recycled hot water on or after Sept. 18 can be certified for export by FSIS. However, exporters should carefully review the specific conditions under which recycled hot water may be used and the minimum HACCP requirements outlined in the Export Library.

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


  • Additional Documentation Requirement for Cooked Pork to Thailand — In the Export Library for Thailand, an additional documentation requirement has been added for cooked pork. In the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5, exporters are now required to include the information outlined in Section A of the Certification Requirements.

  • Updated Link for Beef Establishments Eligible for Thailand — A link to the list of beef processing establishments eligible for Thailand has been updated. No export requirements for Thailand have been changed.

August 2015


  • Further Clarification Regarding Pork Bacon to Mexico — The Export Library update for Mexico has been clarified to state that the letterhead certificate for pork bacon only applies to fully cooked bacon. If bacon is raw or smoked and not fully cooked, it is to be shipped under the pork certificate.

    (The library previously stated that the certificate for pork bacon applied to fully cooked or smoked bacon.)

    No export requirements have changed. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Contact Information Updated for Saudi Arabia — Contact information for the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) has been updated in the Export Library for Saudi Arabia. Halal certification for products entering Saudi Arabia must be endorsed by either NUSACC or by Saudi Arabia’s consul.

  • Plant List Update for Australia — The eligible plant list has been updated for Australia.

  • Temperature Corrected for Meat Entering Indonesia — A correction has been made to the recent Export Library update for Indonesia. In the new language below, the temperature has been corrected to read -18 degrees Celsius, rather than -180 degrees:

    The storage of meat and poultry, frozen to -18° Celsius, may not exceed 6 months from the date of slaughter to the port of entry in Indonesia.

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


  • Restrictions Added for Frozen Meat Entering Indonesia — The following requirement has been added to the Export Library for Indonesia:

    The storage of meat and poultry does not exceed 6 months periods in temperature –18O° Celsius from the date of slaughtering to the port of entry in Indonesia.

    USMEF is seeking clarification on the specific language used in the library update from FSIS. Please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.

  • Form 9435-1 Available for Exporters Serving Singapore — As we reported in the June 25 Exporter Update, the Export Library for Singapore was updated to replace the outdated FSIS Form 9435-1. USDA previously stated that hard copies could be ordered from the Resource Management Center in Beltsville, Maryland; however, because this form will be updated again soon, hard copies cannot be ordered. Instead, USDA has created a link to an electronic version for use by establishments exporting to Singapore.

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

July 2015


  • Plant List Update for Mexico — The Eligible Plant List for Mexico has been updated in the FSIS Export Library.

  • Plant List Updates for Australia, Mexico — Eligible plant lists have been updated for Australia and Mexico.

  • Plant List Updates for Mexico, Australia — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant lists for Mexico and Australia.

June 2015


  • Updated Forms for Products Destined for Singapore — The Export Library for Singapore has been updated to replace an outdated FSIS Form. The 2009 version of FSIS Form 9435-1 is the same form that has been in use for the past five years, but the Export Library included an older version. The form is required for all meat and poultry exports to Singapore. Please note that the associated certificates – FSIS Form 9060-5, FSIS Form 9060-6 and FSIS Form 9435-1 – cannot be certified until the seal number has been recorded in the remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5.

    Also note that correct slaughter and manufacture dates must be listed on Form 9435-1 and that the updated version of Form 9435-1 must be ordered from the Resource Management Center in Beltsville, Maryland (contact information is available online).

    We understand that other forms may be updated soon in the Export Library for Singapore, and we will post these updates as they occur. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • U.S. Beef, Pork Eligible for Azerbaijan — The Export Library for Azerbaijan has been updated to reflect eligibility for U.S. beef and pork. As we noted earlier this year, all U.S. beef, pork and poultry were removed from the eligible products list for Azerbaijan when it closed to U.S. poultry due to restrictions related to avian influenza. The ban on U.S. poultry remains in place, but beef and pork are now eligible to receive FSIS export certificates. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

  • New Library Entry for Benin — Export requirements for Benin are included in the Export Library for the first time. Only poultry and poultry products are included on the eligible products list, except as otherwise indicated due to avian influenza-related restrictions. Red meat is not listed as eligible or ineligible, so exporters should be able to ship beef, pork, or lamb to Benin using FSIS Form 9060-5. However, please work closely with your importer to ensure that the product will be allowed entry.

    All federally inspected plants are eligible to export to Benin. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.


  • Documentation Requirements Clarified for Bacon Destined for Mexico — The Export Library for Mexico has been updated to clarify that fully cooked or smoked bacon must be accompanied by the letterhead certificate for pork bacon, while raw bacon should be shipped under the letterhead certificate for pork. No export requirements have changed. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

  • Updated Guidance Language on Beef to Korea — In the Export Library for South Korea, the advisory note offering information about approval of warehouses, cold storages and similar facilities exporting beef to Korea now includes an updated link. FSIS Notice 38-14, which was issued in August of last year, has replaced FSIS Notice 12-13.

    No export requirements have changed for beef destined for Korea. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Casings Plant List Update for Canada — The Export Library for Canada has been revised to reflect an updated list of Canadian-approved plants in China in which natural porcine, bovine and ovine casings of U.S. origin may be processed prior to being shipped to Canada. No other export requirements have changed.

  • Updated Guidance Language on Beef to Korea — In the Export Library for South Korea, the advisory note offering information about approval of warehouses, cold storages and similar facilities exporting beef to Korea now includes an updated link. FSIS Notice 38-14, which was issued in August of last year, has replaced FSIS Notice 12-13.

    No export requirements have changed for beef destined for Korea. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Casings Plant List Update for Canada — The Export Library for Canada has been revised to reflect an updated list of Canadian-approved plants in China in which natural porcine, bovine and ovine casings of U.S. origin may be processed prior to being shipped to Canada. No other export requirements have changed.

    This is the only Export Library update posted this week that impacts beef, pork or lamb products.


May 2015


  • New Labeling Requirements for Honduras — New labeling requirements have been added to the Export Library for Honduras. In addition to U.S. labeling requirements, the expiration date, lot number and production date must now appear in Spanish on all shipping cartons. Dates must be provided in the DD/MM/YYYY format.

    Exporters with questions may email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328. Please note that while several updates have been posted to the Export Library this week, this is the only change that impacts red meat exports.


  • Eligible Plant List for Japan — A cold storage facility has been added to the eligible plant list for Japan.

    While it has been another week of heavy activity in the Export Library, only the following updates affected red meat exports:


  • New Grading Guidance Language for Beef to Costa Rica — The Export Library for Costa Rica has been updated with the following new guidance language regarding the inclusion of beef grading information on FSIS Form 9060-5:

    Beef and beef products that are AMS graded and are labeled USDA Choice or USDA Prime, may include the USDA grade designation on the export certificate in the “Product as Labeled” section of FSIS Form 9060-5 with the relevant beef product.

    While no actual export requirements have been changed, this update is in response to confusion among import inspectors when assigning the preferential (zero) duty for high-quality beef. To prevent confusion in Costa Rica when seeking the preferential duty, it is recommended that the actual grade, e.g. USDA Choice, be included in the export certificate’s “Product as Labeled” section. When applicable, this is also recommended for products with a premium brand designation. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.


  • Certificate Link Added for Casings Destined for Taiwan — In the Export Library for Taiwan, a link has been added to FSIS Form 9285-1, which is required for animal casings originating and processed in the United States. No requirements have changed, but the link to this form was not previously available.

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

  • U.S. Pork Fat Now Eligible for China — Effective May 11, U.S. pork fat (under HS code 020910) has been added to the list of products eligible for export to China. This is a revision to clarify that fresh/frozen cutting fat or fat trimmings are eligible for China, while other forms of edible fat (such as rendered pork lard) are not eligible.

    Please note that pork fat shipped to China must comply with all requirements outlined in the “Ractopamine Control Program” section of the Export Library and must be from a plant eligible to export to China.

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


  • Guidance Language Amended for Establishments Exporting Fresh/Frozen Pork to Malaysia — Fresh/frozen U.S. pork became eligible for export to Malaysia in December. As we reported at that time, all U.S. pork slaughter facilities are eligible, but plants must submit an application to the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur before they are approved to export. We also clarified that because further processed pork products were already eligible for Malaysia, exporters did not have to complete an application in order to ship processed products.

    This Export Library update for Malaysia simply updates the guidance language to reflect the clarification above. Instead of saying:

    Pork establishments must request to be on Malaysia’s approved list.

    The library now reads:

    Establishments exporting raw fresh/frozen pork must request to be on Malaysia’s approved list.

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


  • Eligible Plant List for Australia — A cold storage facility has been added to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • U.S. Pork Now Eligible for Macedonia — Fresh and frozen U.S. pork, including minced pork meat, are now on the eligible products list for Macedonia. Previously, only U.S. poultry was eligible for Macedonia. The market remains closed to U.S. beef.

    Included in the Export Library update are links to the pork letterhead certificate and guidelines for completing the certificate. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

    Last year the European Union reported 9,459 mt of pork exports to Macedonia, valued at $26 million. Canada has been Macedonia’s other main pork supplier in recent years, although exports in 2014 were just 1,353 mt (down 72 percent year-over-year), valued at $3.6 million.

    Data source: Global Trade Atlas


  • Azerbaijan Exempts Military Shipments from Import Ban — As we recently reported, all U.S. meat and poultry exports to Azerbaijan have been suspended due to avian influenza. In this update, the Export Library for Azerbaijan has been amended to exclude U.S. military shipments from the suspension.

    Azerbaijan is the only trading partner to include U.S. red meat in its avian influenza-related import restrictions. We will provide further updates on USDA’s efforts to have red meat removed from the ban as more information becomes available.


  • Residue Sampling Frequency Changes for Bison Meat Destined for EU — In the Export Library for the European Union, updates have been made to the residue sampling frequency requirements for bison meat. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

  • Expanded Beef Access Now Posted for Singapore — As we reported in Monday’s Exporter Update, Singapore has granted expanded access for U.S. beef. These changes took effect Tuesday, May 5, when they were posted in the Export Library for Singapore. As noted in our earlier report, slaughter and processing establishments must still maintain their Singapore Export Verification (EV) program, and make amendments to their quality manual to reflect the following eligible product scope:

    1. Beef and beef products derived from cattle of all ages that are born, raised, and slaughtered in the U.S., including feeder cattle born in Canada and Mexico that were raised and slaughtered in the U.S., are eligible.

    2. Beef and beef products derived from calves less than 12 months of age imported from Canada for direct slaughter are eligible.

    3. Beef and beef products derived from cattle imported from Canada for direct slaughter can only be boneless cuts from animals less than 30 months of age.

    4. Beef and beef products derived from cattle imported from Mexico for direct slaughter are not allowed.

    Please note that current EV approved plants only need to update the quality manual for their EV programs, and will be eligible to ship the expanded range of products outlined above once these updates are completed. However, non-EV-approved establishments are not approved to ship to Singapore until their EV programs have been approved and audited by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). More details regarding these requirements are available from the AMS website.

    Additional details for exporters serving Singapore:

    Processed beef and offal products are eligible for export to Singapore, but must also be produced under the Singapore EV program with the same requirements listed above. In addition, exporters must submit an application to the Singapore Agro-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) that includes information on the establishment and production of specific products. Information needed for processed beef and offal export and submission instructions are included in this FAS GAIN Report.

    Singapore abides by Codex MRLs for ractopamine residues in beef muscle, fat, liver and kidney. However, AVA requires that “internal organs” must be free of ractopamine residues. To enforce this policy, AVA is requiring that exporters provide a certificate of analysis for these products along with their export documentation. USMEF is working to clarify which offal products this standard will apply to, and will notify exporters when this information is available.

    As an additional resource for exporters, USMEF will be publishing an updated guidance document for Singapore on our Guidelines for Exporting to Individual Countries webpage. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Mexico Plant List — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • Letterhead Certificate Updated for Beef to Vietnam — In the documentation requirements for Vietnam, the beef and beef products letterhead certificate has been updated to reflect Vietnam’s recent removal of cattle age and product restrictions. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

    Please note that while there were numerous Export Library updates this week, only the letterhead certificate update for Vietnam and the change in pork heart incision requirements for the European Union affect red meat exports. All other library updates posted this week were poultry-only.


April 2015


  • EU Revises Pork Heart Incision Requirement — The pork heart incision requirement for the European Union has been removed for all market hogs less than one year of age at the time of slaughter. Please note that the requirement remains in place for animals more than one year of age (sows and boars) at the time of slaughter – and because a heart incision procedure has not been developed for animals of this age, pork derived from these animals remains ineligible for the EU.

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

  • Section Number Correction Regarding Pork to Chile — In the Export Library for Chile, the Code of Federal Regulations section number regarding trichinae mitigation has been corrected to read 9 CFR 318.10. No changes have been made to 9 CFR 318.10 and no export requirements have changed.

  • Mexico Plant List — Updates have been posted to the Eligible Plant List for Mexico.

  • Azerbaijan Closed to All U.S. Meat and Poultry; More Information to Follow — The Export Library for Azerbaijan has been updated to reflect a total closure to U.S. meat and poultry products. This action is related to avian influenza, and USMEF is seeking further information on whether Azerbaijan may still be accepting red meat products. For the time being, however, no export certificates can be issued.

    Prior to the Export Library update, pork and pork products had been on the eligible products list for Azerbaijan. Beef was not listed as either eligible or ineligible. The United States exported 70 mt of pork to Azerbaijan in 2013 and 25 mt in 2014. For beef, 6 mt were reported in 2013 and none in 2014. No exports of either product have been reported through February of this year.

  • New Certification Option for U.S. Pork Destined for Peru — The Export Library for Peru has been updated to add a new trichinae certification option for U.S. pork and pork products. The updated requirements mirror those recently implemented for Chile, which we reported in the March 18 Exporter Update.

    Previously, fresh/frozen pork destined for Peru had to test negative for trichinosis or be treated/frozen under the requirements detailed in 9 CFR 318.10. But the Export Library and pork letterhead certificate now provide exporters with three options for certifying pork to Peru, including the new option highlighted below:

    1. Test negative for trichinosis

    2. Freeze or treat the product pursuant to 9 CFR 318.10

    3. NEW OPTION: Product is derived from hogs raised under the Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) program, as certified under an AMS export verification (EV) program

Exporters should also note changes in the Documentation Requirements section, where additional details are provided on how to complete the pork certificate based on which trichinae mitigation option is used. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

PLEASE NOTE: Numerous Export Library updates have been posted this week, but this is the only one affecting red meat.

March 2015


  • Updated Certification Requirements for Beef, Pork Products Destined for Costa Rica — In the Export Library for Costa Rica, updated letterhead certificates have been posted for fresh/frozen bone-in and boneless beef, and beef tongues, kidneys, livers and hearts and fresh/frozen pork and pork products.

    The letterhead certificates reflect updates in the certification requirements for both beef and pork, which no longer specify that these products must be tested for Salmonella and Escherichia. Instead, these sections now read: “[products] were produced under mandatory HACCP regulations and undergo microbiological testing as required by FSIS regulations and were found to be in full compliance.”

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


  • Mexico Plant List — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • New Packaging, Documentation Requirements for Kiribati — Numerous updates have been posted to the FSIS Export Library this week, but nearly all are avian influenza-related updates that affect U.S. poultry only. The exception is a library update for the Republic of Kiribati, which requires all meat and poultry products (except canned products) to be in consumer-ready packages of less than 3 kilograms. Expanded documentation requirements and guidance regarding import permits have also been added.

  • Guidance for Companies Exhibiting at EXPO Milano 2015 — Packaging, labeling and documentation guidance for companies shipping meat products for exhibit at the EXPO Milano 2015 food exhibition is posted in the Export Library for Italy. More information on EXPO Milano 2015 is available online.

  • Plant List Updates for Mexico, Brazil — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant lists for Mexico and Brazil.

  • All Beef Derived from Cattle Imported from Norway Now Ineligible for Japan — In an Export Library update that we reported on Feb. 19, beef derived from cattle imported from Norway on or after Jan. 30, 2015, became ineligible for export to Japan due to the recent atypical BSE case detected in Norway.

    The Export Library for Japan has now been further updated, with Norway being removed from the list of “third free countries” recognized by Japanese animal health authorities as eligible to export beef and beef products to Japan. The language stating that Jan. 30, 2015, is the eligible/ineligible cutoff date for beef derived from cattle imported for Norway has also been removed, meaning that all such beef is ineligible for export to Japan regardless of when the animal was imported.

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

  • Eligible Plant List for Egypt — An update has been posted to the eligible plant list for Egypt.

  • New Certification Option for U.S. Pork Destined for Chile — The Export Library for Chile has been updated to add a new trichinae certification option for U.S. pork and pork products. Previously, fresh/frozen pork destined for Chile had to test negative for trichinosis or be treated/frozen under the requirements detailed in 9 CFR 318.10. But the Export Library and pork letterhead certificate now provide exporters with three options for certifying pork to Chile, including the new option highlighted below:
    1. Test negative for trichinosis

    2. Freeze or treat the product pursuant to 9 CFR 318.10

    3. NEW OPTION: Product is derived from hogs raised under the Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) program, as certified under an AMS export verification (EV) program

    Exporters should also note changes in the Documentation Requirements section, where additional details are provided on how to complete the pork certificate based on which trichinae mitigation option is used. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.


  • Casings Plant List Updated for Japan — An update has been posted to the eligible casings plant list for Japan.

  • Cold Storage Facilities Eligible for Japan — The list of eligible cold storage facilities has been updated for Japan.

February 2015


  • Documentation Requirements for EU — Clarification of how to complete Section I.11 (Place of Origin) on export certificates has been updated in the export certificate guidelines for all products destined for the European Union.

    Please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328 if you have questions.

  • Canada Simplifies Bilingual Labeling Requirements for Quebec — Meat labeling provisions for Canada include a “Quebec requirement” mandating that labels for consumer-ready products must be written in French. Although not required, this section further recommends that foodservice products for the HRI sector also be labeled in French.

    Bilingual labeling is permitted, and the Export Library formerly stated that “wording in French must precede that of the second language.” This phrase has now been removed – so the French wording is still required, but no longer has to appear first.

    No other labeling requirements have been changed. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.

  • Eligibility Clarified for Processed Beef Products Destined for Japan — As we reported last month, U.S. processed beef products are now eligible for export to Japan if they are derived from cattle slaughtered in the United States on or after Jan. 23, 2015. The Export Library for Japan has been further updated to clarify that these products must be derived from cattle slaughtered on or after the “harvest date” that applies to the producing establishment, as indicated on the AMS QSA LT-30 Program for Japan.

    Plant-specific harvest dates can be obtained from the AMS website. In most cases, Jan. 23, 2015, will still be the applicable date for eligibility of processed beef products. But if the plant-specific harvest date falls after Jan. 23, 2015, it is the applicable date.

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

  • Beef Export Requirements for Japan Revised due to Norway BSE Case — In reaction to the recent atypical BSE case in Norway, the Export Library for Japan now states that beef derived from cattle imported from Norway before Jan. 30 is eligible, but beef derived from cattle imported from Norway on or after that date is not.

  • China No Longer Accepting in Lieu of Certificates — As we initially reported last week, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) China has determined that, effective March 1, it will no longer accept in lieu of health certificates. Only original USDA/FSIS documents will be accepted.

    This change is now posted in the Export Library for China. If you have questions or concerns, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Heat-treated Products Destined for Korea — The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to clarify that regardless of the shipping date, the FSIS letterhead certificate is required for heat-treated poultry products entering Korea.

    As we have previously noted, Korea’s requirements for heat-treated poultry products also apply to any heated-treated products that utilize a blend of poultry and pork and/or poultry and beef. If you have questions, please contact Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Laboratory Clarification, Project Code Change for Testing Bison Meat Destined for EU — In the Export Library for the European Union, the section regarding bison residue testing has been updated to clarify which FDA lab the FDA-destined samples should be sent to. For these samples, please note that a new project code is to be used. (Also note that the Maxxam information and project codes have not changed.)

  • Korea Relists Facilities for Export of Pork Casings — The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to reflect relisting of facilities for export of pork casings processed on or after Feb. 3.

January 2015


  • Processed Beef Products Now Eligible for Japan — The Export Library for Japan has been updated to reflect eligibility for U.S. processed beef products.

    Processed products must be derived from cattle slaughtered in the United States on or after Jan. 23, 2015. As with all U.S. beef products destined for Japan, processed products must be derived from cattle less than 30 months of age and processing facilities must be operating under an approved AMS LT30 Export Verification Program for Japan.

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

  • Hong Kong Requirements Clarified Regarding Meat Products Labeled for China — The following language has been added to the Labeling Requirements section in the Export Library for Hong Kong:

    Meat products that are compliant with Hong Kong requirements and arrive with required FSIS health certificate(s) will be allowed entry irrespective of carton labels with a China reference.

    Please note that identical language was also added for poultry entering Hong Kong. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Imported Meat Products Re-exported to Canada — In the Export Library for Canada, the eligible products section and corresponding certificates have been updated to state that any imported Bovinae (cattle, buffalo, bison), sheep, and goat products imported into the U.S., processed in the U.S., and then exported to Canada must be sourced from Canadian-approved plants in their respective countries.

    As indicated below, the new AMS email address is also included for notifying non-compliance under the export verification (EV) program.

  • More Routine Updates Regarding EV Noncompliance Reporting — As reported earlier this week, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has changed the email address used to report noncompliance with export verification (EV) program requirements. The new address will be inserted into the Export Library for all countries for which the EV program is employed, even if no export requirements are being changed. The latest updates are for Canada, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine.

  • Heat-treated Products Destined for Korea — The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to clarify that any heat-treated poultry products produced on or before Nov. 24, 2014, must use the old poultry certificate, while the new certificate should be used for products produced on or after Nov. 25, 2014. As USMEF has previously noted, these requirements also apply to any heated-treated products destined for Korea that utilize a blend of poultry and pork and/or poultry and beef.

    A guidance document for completing the new certificate is also included in the Export Library. Please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.

  • Australia Plant List — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Australia.

  • Mexico Plant List — Updates have been posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico.

  • More Routine Updates Regarding EV Noncompliance Reporting — As we reported Wednesday, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has changed the email address used to report noncompliance with export verification (EV) program requirements. The new address will be inserted into the Export Library for all countries for which the EV program is employed, but no export requirements are being changed. The latest updates are for Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Peru, Singapore, South Korea and St. Lucia.

  • New Contact Information for Reporting EV Noncompliance — The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has changed the email address used to report noncompliance with export verification (EV) program requirements. The new email address has been posted in the Export Library for Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, but no export requirements have changed.

    All other recent Export Library updates are restrictions on poultry exports related to recent findings of avian influenza in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

  • Thailand Modifies Poultry Ban — Thailand has modified its ban on imports of U.S. poultry to allow fully cooked or heat-treated poultry products. This is similar to the action taken by South Korea, which we reported in the Jan. 9 Exporter Update.

    As with Korea, this Export Library update restores eligibility for any fully cooked or heat-treated items that include a blend of poultry and pork and/or poultry and beef.

  • China Suspends Imports of U.S. Poultry — Since late December, numerous countries have imposed restrictions on imports of U.S. poultry sourced from Oregon and/or Washington due to recent findings of avian influenza in the Pacific Northwest, with Uruguay joining this list on Monday.

    A smaller number of countries have suspended imports of U.S. poultry from all 50 states. On Monday, China joined the EU, Thailand, Sri Lanka and South Korea in imposing a nationwide suspension. However, as we noted in the Jan. 9 Exporter Update, Korea recently amended its suspension to allow cooked poultry products from the United States. Korea also restored eligibility for further processed products containing a blend of poultry and pork and/or poultry and beef, which had been included in the original suspension. This is the only recent Export Library update affecting red meat exports.

  • Heat-treated Products Destined for Korea — As we previously reported, South Korea suspended imports of all U.S. poultry and poultry products on Dec. 20. The Export Library for Korea has now been updated to reflect eligibility for heat-treated poultry and poultry products shipped on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Please note that this provision also restores eligibility for further processed products containing a blend of poultry and pork and/or poultry and beef, which were included in the original suspension.

    An updated letterhead certificate is included, which specifies time and temperature requirements. If the product contains meat from multiple species, the appropriate FSIS 9305 series certificates for pork or beef should be provided in addition to FSIS Form 9060-5 and the updated letterhead certificate.

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

  • Pork Skin, Pellets to Colombia — The Export Library for Colombia has been updated to include a new letterhead certificate for dehydrated pork skin and pork rind pellets.