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FSIS Export Library Updates

November 2018


  • Guidance Language Updated for Jamaica — We recently reported that two new documentation requirements had been posted in the Export Library for Jamaica. As indicated below, some adjustments have been made to the guidance language included in these requirements:

    Permit — The importer must obtain an import permit issued by the Veterinary Services Division (VSD), Jamaica for entry of all meat and poultry products. The permit number must be reflected on the commercial documents, preferably the invoice (e.g. bill of lading, invoice) accompanying the shipment.

    Jamaica’s VSD also requires that the certificate number of the FSIS Form 9060-5 that will accompany the shipment be reflected on the commercial documents, preferably the invoice (ideally the invoice) accompanying the shipment.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer.


  • Documentation Requirements for Jamaica — Two new documentation requirements have been posted in the Export Library for Jamaica:

    Permit — The importer must obtain an import permit issued by the Veterinary Services Division (VSD), Jamaica for entry of all meat and poultry products. The permit number must be reflected on the commercial documents (e.g. bill of lading, invoice) accompanying the shipment.

    Jamaica’s VSD also requires that the certificate number of the FSIS Form 9060-5 that will accompany the shipment be reflected on the commercial documents (ideally the invoice) accompanying the shipment.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer.


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

  • Beef Offals Now Eligible for St. Lucia — Beef offals are now eligible for export to St. Lucia. For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or Liz Wunderlich, or call 303-623-6328.

October 2018


  • Mexico Plant List — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico, reflecting the delisting of a cold storage facility.

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

  • Casings Plant List for Japan — A update is posted to the list of plants eligible to export casings to Japan.

  • Corrected Form 9435-1 Now Available for Singapore — As we previously reported, FSIS recently updated Form 9435-1 for Singapore to reflect the fact that the U.S. recently removed all language on trichinosis requirements from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). We later reported that there were technical problems with the updated form, so FSIS returned to using the previous version.

    These problems are now corrected, so the updated Form 9435-1 is now available in the Export Library for Singapore. Please note that the form is not compatible with all Internet browsers, so you may need to open it in Internet Explorer. You may also view an uploaded version of the form here.

    For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


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

  • EU Meat Product Guidelines Updated — In the Export Library for the European Union, the guidelines for the Meat Products and Treated Stomachs, Bladders and Intestines Certificate and Transit/Storage Certificate have been updated to remove the “O” from the coding instructions for Block I.8 on these certificates. Block I.8 refers to the Region of Origin.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


September 2018


  • Mexico Plant List — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico

  • Canned/Preserved Meats Documentation for Thailand — For canned or preserved meats destined for Thailand, the regulations cited in the statement that must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5 have been updated. So the statement must now read:

    The canned or preserved meat and poultry products are heat treated and achieve commercial sterility (shelf stability) in accordance with FSIS canning regulations cited in 9 CFR 431.

    For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Canned Meat Products Documentation for Singapore — For canned meat and poultry products destined for Singapore, the regulations cited in the statement that must be typed on FSIS Form 9060-5 have been updated. So the statement must now read:

    “The canned meat (poultry) products described herein were manufactured and inspected in accordance with section 431.1 through 431.12 of the USDA regulations and have been subjected to a temperature of not less than _____ degrees C for a period of not less than _____ minutes. This sterilizing process would have a sterilizing value (Fo) of _____ minutes.”

    For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant Reinstated for Export to Canada — The Export Library for Canada has been updated to reflect reinstatement of a U.S. plant.

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

  • Pork Letterhead Guideline for France — In the Export Library for France, an updated guideline is posted for completing the pork bilingual letterhead certificate.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Trichinae-Related Requirements for Pork for Retail Sale in Russia — In the Export Library for Russia, the citation has been updated for the freezing regimen that must be followed for destruction of trichinae in pork intended for retail sale in Russia. An update mirroring this change (but covering pork for further processing or retail sale) is also posted in the Export Library for Belarus.

    Please note Russia remains closed to U.S. pork due to economic counter-sanctions.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Trichinae-Related Requirements for Pork to EU — In the Export Library for the European Union, the requirement that each pork carcass must be tested for trichinae at the time of slaughter has been eliminated and the trichinae control measure verification section has been amended.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Guidance for Exporters Serving Korea: Beef Small Intestine — The following guidance language has been added to the Export Library for South Korea:

    Note: Exporters interested in shipping eligible small intestine to Korea are advised to contact USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service office at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul at agseoul@fas.usda.gov before preparing a shipment, as these products may experience difficulty clearing quarantine inspection.

    For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Change to Lamb and Goat Casings Requirements for EU — The Export Library for the European Union has been updated to include the following statement:

    As of July 30, 2018 the ileum of the small intestine of ovine and caprine animals of all ages is no longer defined as SRM by the EU and casings derived from this portion are eligible for export to the EU.

    No documentation changes for export of these products were made. For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Guidance Language for Sheep and Goat Meat to Japan — Existing requirements in the Export Library for Japan state that export certificates for beef or beef products must not be issued if there are any concerns related to age determination, specified risk material (SRM) removal or compliance with the applicable AMS-approved export verification (EV) program. The Export Library has now been updated to clarify that this same standard applies to sheep and goat meat, which became eligible for Japan in July if produced under an AMS-approved EV program.

    For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Samples and Products for Personal Consumption Entering Korea — In the Export Library for South Korea, language has been added noting that samples and products intended for personal consumption must meet all import standards and must be accompanied by an applicable export certificate. For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

August 2018


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

  • Casings Plant List for Japan — An update is posted to the list of plants eligible to export casings to Japan.

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

  • Pork Destined for U.S. Military Use in Qatar — The Export Library for Qatar has been updated to indicate that U.S. pork and pork products may be allowed entry into Qatar for U.S. military use.

    Pork products that are not intended for U.S. military use may only enter Qatar through the Qatar Distribution Company — the only company authorized to import pork and pork products into Qatar. For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Shipments to U.S. Embassy in India — Although India is currently open only to U.S. poultry and poultry products, this update clarifies that all products destined for the U.S. Embassy in India are eligible and do not need to meet India’s requirements. The following statement must be provided in the “Remarks” section of FSIS Form 9060-5:

    “Product Destined to U.S. Embassy”

    For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Processed Product Eligibility Clarified for Hong Kong — The Export Library for Hong Kong has been updated to clarify that processed/cooked/canned meat products are eligible.

    These products have been exported to Hong Kong for some time but were not specifically noted on the eligible products list. Shipments must include FSIS Form 9060-5. For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


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

  • Additional Approval Requirement for Certain Beef Products, Pork Lard Destined for Mexico — In the Export Library for Mexico, the following requirement has been added to the “Plants Eligible to Export” section:

    Establishments that wish to export the following beef and pork products will need to submit a written request indicating which of these products they are seeking approval for. The request can be uploaded as a separate PDF attachment directly into PHIS along with the 9080-3 submission or, if using the FSIS Proxy, submitted along with the 9080-3 Form.

    • Beef weasand meat
    • Beef head meat
    • Beef small intestine
    • Ground beef
    • Beef tallow
    • Pork lard

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Eligible Plant List for Mexico Now Includes New Approval Requirement for Certain Products — In our Aug. 3 Exporter Update, we reported that the Export Library for Mexico now requires establishments that wish to export certain beef products (ground beef, weasand and head meat, small intestine and tallow) and pork lard to Mexico must submit a specific written request when seeking approval. This requirement has not changed, but the same language is now included in the eligible plant list for Mexico.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Requirements for Ships’ Stores Product for Argentina — New documentation requirements have been posted for ships’ stores product destined for Argentina. For these products, the following information should be included in the 9060-5 Remarks block:

    Product destined for ships’ stores in transit.

    And

    Identify the means of transport and the commercial seal number.

    This Export Library update also clarifies that all meat and poultry products destined for ships’ stores are eligible.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


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

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

July 2018


  • Documentation Updates for Casings Destined for EU — In the Export Library for the European Union, a French bilingual version of the casings letterhead certificate has been added. Also, the numbering on the English casings letterhead certificate was changed to match the most recent model certificate provided by the European Commission, and guidelines were updated to reflect the new numbering.

    Instructions for how to submit an application to become eligible to export to the EU were changed to remove all references to the paper application process. This is because applications are now only accepted electronically through the Public Health Information System (PHIS) or by submission to the PHIS proxy as described in the Export Library.

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


  • Guideline Added for EU Casings Certificate — A new guideline has been posted in the Export Library for the EU for casings — none was available previously. Exporters should note one key point — Box I.28 should include the product description and HS code because the EU model certificate for casings does not have a block for either of these vital pieces of information.

    Members with questions can email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call her at 303-623-6328.


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

  • New Export Stamping Option for EU Military Shipments — New information has been added to the Export Library for the EU regarding U.S. shipments for military use:

    When exported product transits the EU for US military use, the USDA export stamp may be applied to a securely enclosed pallet or pallets within the consignment (e.g., shrink-wrapped or other effective means) and not applied to each outside container within the pallet. Exporters who elect to use this option for the application of the export stamp are to be aware that any product marked in this way is not eligible to return to U.S. commerce unless the entire shipment is returned intact bearing the marks applied at the time of export that connect the product to an FSIS-issued U.S. export certificate.

    For questions, please contact Cheyenne McEndaffer.


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

  • Wild Boar Meat Ineligible for China — The Export Library for China has been updated to clarify that wild boar meat is not eligible. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

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

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

  • Mexico Plant List — An update is posted to the eligible plant list for Mexico, reflecting reinstatement of a U.S. plant.

  • Revised Continuation Sheet for Shipments to Japan — When exporting fresh/frozen and processed beef, ovine, caprine, other meat or poultry products to Japan, all supplying slaughterhouses and intermediate establishments must be listed on FSIS Form 9290-1. If necessary, a Continuation Sheet is available for including additional establishments that do not fit in Boxes 5 and 6 of the form. In this Export Library update for Japan, a revised Continuation Sheet is provided that reflects all of the products listed above (the old version only listed beef).

    Please note that the Continuation Sheet link posted in the Export Library will not work in all web browsers. So if the link will not open in your default browser, please try Internet Explorer. You can also view a screenshot version of the document here.

    Exporters with questions may email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


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

  • More Details on Japan Reopening to Sheep and Goat Meat — As we noted in Wednesday’s Exporter Update, Japan has reopened to meat and meat products derived from sheep and goats slaughtered on or after July 11, 2018.

    To be eligible to ship these products to Japan, establishments must operate under the approved USDA Export Verification (EV) Program for Japan (program details are available online), must successfully complete an on-site USDA audit to ensure compliance with EV Program requirements and must be added to the Official Listing of Eligible Suppliers.

    Exporters with questions may email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Cold Storage Facilities List for Japan — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

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

  • Sheep and Goat Meat Products Eligible for Japan — Sheep and goat meat products have been added to the eligible product list for Japan. This information was just posted, and the USMEF Technical Services Department is reviewing the details. We will report further on this issue when all details have been reviewed and confirmed.

  • Additional Details on Plant Approval Requests for South Africa — Details on the new plant approval process for South Africa within the Public Health Information System (PHIS) were included in our June 19 Exporter Update. Additional clarification has now been added to the Export Library for South Africa:

    • The statement that South Africa’s director of veterinary services will grant final or provisional approval has been removed. However, please note that a representative of the South African government will still review approved plant requests, at their discretion.
    • Clarification is included on species approval, and an example is provided: NOTE: When completing FSIS Form 9080-3 in PHIS, the information submitted on the form is what will be sent to South Africa. For example, if the establishment is currently eligible to ship poultry, and now wishes to export both pork and poultry, they should check both poultry and pork. If only pork is checked, the update will remove eligibility for chicken.

    As always, a change to a Grant of Inspection does not automatically update the establishment information on South Africa’s approved plant list. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Changes to Recent Product Weight Guidelines Language for Japan — The FSIS Export Library was updated to make slight changes to the recently reported addition of including both pounds and kilograms to product weights on the certificate. The language now states “FSIS recommends that product weight on certificates should be shown in kilograms and pounds to avoid excessive delays at port.” USMEF has confirmed with FSIS that this is optional to include on the certificate and not a certification requirement.

    If you have additional questions, please contact Travis Arp at (303)-623-6328.


  • Veterinary Signature Requirement and other Documentation Requirements Updated for China — We recently reported that in the Export Library for China, the section requiring the FSIS veterinarian’s signature on export certificates was expanded to require, on the date signed, the typed or printed name of the certifying FSIS veterinarian, followed by the veterinarian’s professional degree and signature exactly as typed or printed. In this latest Export Library update, it is now specified that the name must be typed and cannot be hand-printed on the document.

    Also in this library update, documentation requirements have been updated to indicate that seal numbers and container numbers must now be entered in Block 24 of Form 9060-6, rather than block 14.

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


  • Documentation Changes for Pork to Australia — In the Export Library for Australia, the documentation requirements for pork and pork meat products have been updated to indicate that the seal number must now be entered in Block 24 of Form 9060-6, rather than block 14.

    For questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


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

June 2018


  • Updated Pork Letterhead Certificate for China — In the Export Library for China, an updated bilingual letterhead certificate for pork and pork products is now posted. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Spanish Box Label Requirements for Costa Rica Apply to Raw, Intact Products — Earlier this week, we noted that the Export Library for Costa Rica would likely be further updated to clarify that Spanish box labels are required for raw, intact beef and pork products. This clarification is now posted. For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Requirements Posted for New 9060-5 Form Used for Mexico — The Export Library for Mexico now notes that all products crossing the border on or after July 14, 2018, will be rejected if FSIS Form 9060-5 is not version MPM or later (the new version of the 9060-5 starting June 29), regardless of the date on which the certificate was signed.

    In addition to placing the primary species in column 12 of the Form 9060-5, multi-species products must include all species in parentheses immediately preceding the name of the product in column 10. Also, please note that for certificates signed on or after June 29, 2018, the name, establishment number and address of the exporting establishment must correspond to the exporting establishment information appearing on the FSIS Eligible Plant List for Mexico. To assist with these changes, an updated Guideline has also been posted.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant Approval Applications for Mexico — Effective June 29, plant approval applications for Mexico must be submitted through the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Establishments not using PHIS must submit a fully completed 9080-3 Form (not including FSIS signatures) to the FSIS Proxy for entry into PHIS. This language was also added to the eligible plant list for Mexico. For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer. (NOTE: This Export Library update is similar to those recently posted for the European Union, Australia, South Africa and Israel.)

  • Guidance on Completing PHIS Forms and Paper Forms Now in Export Library — FSIS has updated the Export Library main page with the instructions for filling out PHIS forms and the new paper forms. USMEF provided most of this information in our June 18 Exporter Update, but the Export Library entry provides additional details on how to fill out each block on the forms.

    Exporters with questions may email Paul Clayton or call 303-623-6328.


  • Plant Approval Applications for South Africa and Israel — Effective June 29, plant approval applications for South Africa and Israel must be submitted through the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Establishments not using PHIS must submit a fully completed 9080-3 Form (not including FSIS signatures) to the FSIS Proxy for entry into PHIS. For questions about South Africa, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer. For Israel, please email Travis Arp. (NOTE: These Export Library updates are similar to those recently posted for the European Union and Australia.)

  • Plant Approval Applications for Australia — Effective June 29, plant approval applications for Australia must be submitted through the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Establishments not using PHIS must submit a fully completed 9080-3 Form (not including FSIS signatures) to the FSIS Proxy for entry into PHIS. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328. (NOTE: This is similar to the Export Library update posted last week for the European Union.)

  • Expanded FSIS Veterinarian Signature Requirement for China — In the Export Library for China, under Documentation Requirements, the section requiring the FSIS veterinarian’s signature on export certificates has been expanded to read as follows:

    All FSIS export certificates accompanying the product (FSIS Form 9060-5, FSIS Form 9060-7, FSIS Form 9060-18, Letterhead Certificates 2630-9, and China specific FSIS Form 9295-1) must include on the date signed, the typed or printed name of the certifying FSIS veterinarian, followed by their professional degree, and the signature of that certifying FSIS veterinarian exactly as typed or printed.

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


  • Plant Approval Applications for EU — Effective June 29, plant approval applications for the European Union must be submitted through the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Exporters must upload the completed 9100-1 Form and attach it to the 9080-3 request. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

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

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

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

  • Pilot Announced for Pork Intestines and Bungs to China — In the Export Library for China, FSIS has announced that China will implement a six-month pilot for export of U.S.-origin pork intestines and bungs. Qualifying companies will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. While no more than five companies will be selected for the pilot, more than one establishment within a company may be selected.

    Selection criteria and information on how to apply for the pilot are outlined in the Export Library. Exporters with questions may email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Labeling Requirements Updated for Costa Rica — The Export Library for Costa Rica now requires bilingual box labels for point-of-entry inspection of raw, ground, marinated and tenderized meat and viscera. Processed products that are not marinated or tenderized are exempt.

    Bilingual box labels were a requirement for Costa Rica at one time, but have not been included in the Export Library for a number of years. Please note that in addition to requiring this information to be in Spanish, extra label features such as expiration date are also required (the complete list of required features is included in the Export Library). Also note that, similar to beef, the fat percentage for ground pork is now required.

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


  • PHIS Export Component Updates in Preparation for June 29 Implementation — Exporters are reminded that FSIS has made available the Public Health Information System (PHIS) automated export component for the purpose of establishing your user management roles-business and corporate structures, in preparation for the June 29 implementation. Please review the Industry User Guide, which will help guide you through this process. Exporters should specifically review section 2.1.1 Establishment Administrator: User Enrollment, page 18, first paragraph.

    This process must begin with having your in-plant person put you or a company representative in the PHIS contacts page as an “establishment administrator” and the other roles can be added from there. This portion of the User Management system is built on what was originally implemented in 2012, and FSIS has expanded this functionality to include export and corporate roles. During testing and follow-up industry briefings, the Export Team approved your roles for that particular exercise only. The FSIS Service Help Desk will not have the privileges and/or ability to verify your identity and add these roles to your profiles. This is one of the many levels of security that FSIS does not want to breach.

    If you have not already done so, please ask your IPP to identify you in your establishment’s contact page as the establishment administrator, and verify that all spellings are correct. Your name and email must match those used to obtain your e-Authorization level 2.

    Exporters should also review the Export Batch User Guide and Quick Reference Guide for Corporate and Establishment Management. Additional tools are also link below.

    Effective June 29, all exports to the following countries will be processed through PHIS: Afghanistan, Andorra, Bahamas, Bolivia, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cook Islands, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, San Marino, Tanzania, and Uganda. For establishments that do not have internet access or choose not to use PHIS to submit export applications, FSIS proxy services will be available (starting June 29) by email at FSCExport.Recon@FSIS.USDA.gov, by fax at 844-378-1048 or by postal mail at:

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Food Safety and Inspection Service
    FMD, Financial Service Center
    PO Box 9205
    Des Moines, IA 50306-9948

    Additional reminders:

    • No applications entered in PHIS will be processed until June 29, 2018 at 12:01 am.
    • All persons using PHIS must have electronic Authorization (eAuth) level 2.
    • URL for accessing PHIS: phis.fsis.usda.gov
    • For other PHIS export information, including training videos and PHIS related documents, please visit this Web page.

    The following resources are also available:

    Exporters with questions may also email Paul Clayton or call 303-623-6328.


  • Prenotification for Pork Shipments to China Prior to April 19 — In the Export Library for China, FSIS notes that the re-verification process for pork shipments made prior to April 19, 2018, which utilizes the email address China.Exports@fsis.usda.gov, will remain fully functional until 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2018. Effective June 8, this mailbox will no longer accept certificates for re-verification.

    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp.


  • Labeling and Registration Information Added for Pork to Argentina — Bilingual labeling requirements for pork have been added to the Export Library for Argentina. Please note that, as stated in the library, these labels can be applied by the exporter or by the importer in Argentina prior to the product entering commerce. Information on the monograph process, which registers both the plant and product, is also now included. Once the product is registered with Argentina, a registration number will be administered. No product can be exported until it has a registration number. More details on the registration process and import permits are forthcoming in a USDA GAIN Report, which will likely be linked in the Export Library when it is released. USMEF will update exporters when this information is posted.

    For more information, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer.


  • PHIS Export Module Information Added to Export Library — FSIS has posted in the Export Library information that will help exporters prepare for the June 29 implementation of the Public Health Information System (PHIS) Export Module.

    If you have questions, please email Paul Clayton or call 303-623-6328.


  • Poultry Certificates for Mexico — In the Export Library for Mexico, additional poultry certificates, including for cooked products, have been updated following review of the regionalized language related to Newcastle disease. As we previously reported, Mexico’s restrictions related to Newcastle disease also apply to multi-species processed products.

    For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer.


May 2018


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

  • Plant List Clarification — Subscribers to FSIS’s eligible plant list updates may have received an email notice of a plant list update for San Marino, a sovereign microstate surrounded by Italy. The update was actually for plants exporting from San Marino to the United States. There is no eligible plant list for U.S. plants exporting to San Marino.

  • New Documentation Requirements for Turkey — While U.S. red meat products have very limited access to Turkey (products can only transit Turkey or go to ship’s stores or U.S. military stores), please note that the documentation requirements for Turkey now contain the following addition:

    Turkey now requires the application of an Export Stamp identifying the Certificate Number indicated on the FSIS Form 9060-5 Export Certificate of Wholesomeness. The Export Stamp must be applied in the “Remarks” section of the FSIS 9060-5 certificate in a color of ink other than black.

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


  • Documentation Changes Provide Greater Flexibility for Beef Entering the EU — The Export Library for the European Union has been updated to allow both high-quality beef (HQB) certificates to be issued simultaneously for overlapping products, provided that the product qualifies for both certificates of authenticity (COAs). This allows the exporter to use either certificate at import, and should help resolve some of the issues the industry faces when the duty-free quota is approaching maximum capacity in a particular quarter.

    Exporters should note that if a shipment arrives when the quota is nearly filled, and only part of the shipment can enter under the desired quota, the EU will not accept the COA covering the entire shipment. The COA must reflect exactly the amount of product entering under each quota. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Beef Plant Reinstated for Japan — The beef plant suspension that we reported earlier this week for Japan has been lifted.

  • Guidance and Procedural Language Added for China — The Export Library for China now includes guidance language instructing exporters to work with their importer to identify the port of entry, and new procedural language for consumer safety inspectors (CSIs). No export requirements or prenotification requirements have changed. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Documentation Requirements for Pork to New Zealand — In the documentation requirements for U.S. pork destined for New Zealand, the following new subsection has been added:

    Additional manufacturer’s declarations for alternative cooking procedures for pork are allowed for an exporter when a current import permit for that exporter, issued by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, provides the specifications for the alternative cooking procedures. The manufacturer’s declaration must contain the specified attestations exactly as they are written on the import permit.

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


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

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

  • New Guidance Language for Mexico Regarding Establishment Names — The Export Library for Mexico already required FSIS Form 9080-3 to include an Establishment Name, but this requirement has now been expanded to read, “Establishment Name and/or DBA.” The following new guidance language was also added to the Export Library:

    If the name plus DBA in the request exceeds 150 characters (including spaces and punctuation), products will experience setbacks at the border due to technical database issues in the Mexican Foreign Trade Digital Window (VDMCE). Therefore limit the name plus DBA in all requests to less than 150 characters.

    This guidance language is also now included the eligible plant list for Mexico. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Beef Plant Delisting for Japan —

    The Export Library for Japan has been updated to reflect the delisting of a beef plant, effective May 7.


  • Certificate Updates for Meat Preparations and Some Meat Products Destined for EU — In the Export Library for the European Union, certificates have been updated for meat preparations and for certain meat products to reflect terminology used in EU model certificates. No export requirements have changed. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

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

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

April 2018


  • New Casings Certificate for EU — The Export Library for the European Union now includes an updated casings certificate reflecting BSE statement requirements, which means that casings originating from cattle slaughtered in the United States are now eligible for export to the EU. Please note that casings establishments must be under FSIS inspection and must be included on the EU list for casings. Establishments may apply for listing with FSIS Form 9080-3 and Form 9100-1.

    This library update also clarifies that lamb and goat small intestines are ineligible and that bilingual letterheads must be requested from FSIS. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Documentation Change for Mexico When Beef Used for Processing is Imported from Canada — The Export Library for Mexico includes this documentation requirement for beef products:

    If the beef used in processing was imported from Canada, CFIA Annex A-5 must be provided to the FSIS official prior to signing the certificate and must be maintained in the FSIS file for each certificate issued.

    This requirement has not changed, but the form needed is now Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Annex A-5 (it was formerly Annex D). If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • When Submitting Export Certificates for China, Port of Entry Must Be in Body of Email — On Thursday we reported that several additional updates had been posted to the Documentation Requirements for China. However, the following requirement (in bold below) was also added to Section A (Export Certification Verification):

    An exporter that wishes FSIS to verify their export shipment shall send an electronic copy of the export certificates to China.Exports@fsis.usda.gov. In the body of the email, include the port of entry in China for each certificate submitted. FSIS will verify the authenticity of each certificate and verify the information through the process outlined in Section B and include the port of entry in China for each certificate provided by the exporter for these submissions.

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


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

  • Additional Clarification on Prenotification and Certificate Changes for China — This Exporter Alert issued on April 17 explained important changes regarding the prenotification procedure for pork exports to China, as well as additional documentation requirements for pork and beef exports to China.

    Additional updates are now posted in the Export Library for China, clarifying some of the changes made earlier this week:

    • The following new subsection has been added to Section C.7. of the Documentation Requirements, which applies when the container number, seal number(s), and/or port of entry in China are NOT known at the time that the product is certified for export:

    • (e) The PHV is to receive the stated forms for signature in a sealed envelope, signed by CSIs. If the seal is broken when the PHV receives it, the PHV is to withhold his or her signature and report to his or her supervisory chain of command.

    • Procedural details were added to Sections C.7 (b) and (d), but the requirements for exporters were not changed.

    • Also, in several sections of the Documentation Requirements, “port of destination in China” has been changed to “port of entry in China.”

    FSIS also issued this Notice instructing its personnel on administration of the prenotification and certification changes implemented this week.

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


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

  • Prenotification and Certificate Changes for Pork Exports to China; Port of Destination Now Required for All Species — Earlier today, USMEF issued this Exporter Alert explaining important changes regarding the prenotification procedure for pork exports to China, and additional documentation requirements for pork and beef exports to China.

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


  • Residue Sampling Frequency Updates for the 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. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

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

  • Stock Products Now Harmonized by EU Under Meat Products Certificate — Previously, beef, poultry and pork stock products were not harmonized by the European Union, thus these products could enter under a separate certificate for the Netherlands. The Export Library update for the Netherlands removes this exemption and now states:

    Concentrated or dried poultry, beef, and pork stock is now considered a harmonized product in the European Union, and may only enter the EU when all EU requirements for Meat Products are met and the product is accompanied by the harmonized EU certificate for Meat products and treated stomachs, bladders, and intestines. These products are only eligible from establishments listed as eligible to export meat products to the EU. See the European Union Requirements for more information.

    The Export Library changes for the European Union clarify that these stock products now fall under the Meat Products Certificate, so they must meet all EU requirements for meat products and come from eligible establishments.

    Although some certificates are marked as new, none were changed in this library update. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Correction Regarding Pork Offal Eligibility for Argentina — On Friday, USTR and USDA announced that U.S. pork is now eligible for export to Argentina, and the Export Library was updated accordingly. In our Exporter Update, we reported that eligible products include a full range of pork muscle cuts and variety meat, as well as cooked/processed products and natural salted casings. However, pork offals are only eligible if they are not derived from internal organs.

    Exporters should also note that pork imported from outside the United States is not eligible. If you have questions about eligible products or other issues related to exporting to Argentina, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Japan Plant Relisting — The Export Library for Japan has been updated for reflect reinstatement of a previously suspended plant.

  • Japan Cold Storage List — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

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

March 2018


  • Plant Reinstatement for China and Taiwan; Air Shipment Notification for China — The Export Library entries for China and Taiwan have been updated to reflect reinstatement of a plant that was delisted earlier this year. The library revision for China also includes new guidance language indicating that there is no continuation sheet for Form 9295-1, and the following has been added to China’s pre-notification requirements for beef shipments:

    For airline shipments: Indicate in the body of the email that the product is shipping via an air flight.

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


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

  • Guidance Language Added to EU Documentation Advisory — In the Documentation Requirements for the European Union, under “List of Required Certificates,” the following additions (indicated in bold) have been made to an exporter advisory:

    Advisory – Exporters should verify that the shipping date on any original export certificate or on accompanying shipping documents does not precede the FSIS signature date on the certificate. Failure to do so can result in the detention of the shipment at the Port of Entry into the European Union. On replacement certificates, the date of departure may precede the signature date as the shipment may have departed prior to issuing the replacement certificate.

    NOTE: No export requirements for the EU have changed, and these additions to the exporter advisory were not marked as a new Export Library update. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Halal Certifier Contact Information Change for Qatar — An approved Islamic halal certifier was recently added to the Export Library for Qatar. This company’s email address has been updated.

  • Additional Halal Certifier for Qatar — In the Export Library for Qatar, a company has been added to the list of approved Islamic halal certifiers.

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

  • New Export Library Entry for Paraguay — A new Export Library entry has been posted for Paraguay, outlining export requirements and documentation requirements for U.S. beef, pork, poultry and natural casings. All federally inspected facilities are eligible. Exporters with questions may email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

    In 2017, Paraguay reported beef imports of 2,511 mt valued at $6.5 million – mainly from Brazil, but some product was also imported from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Pork imports totaled 1,287 mt valued at $3.7 million. Most pork imports were also from Brazil, but small volumes were imported from the U.S., Argentina and Spain.

February 2018


  • Imported Beef Ineligible for Chile — FSIS has clarified that beef or beef products derived in-whole or in-part from imported beef are ineligible for export to Chile.

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


  • Updated Plant Registration Guidance for Colombia — The Export Library for Colombia now contains an updated USDA GAIN Report containing information on Colombia’s plant registration requirements. New clarifications include a contact name for the INVIMA letter and the notice to check both the INVIMA and ICA websites (noted in the GAIN report) before exporting. No requirements for exporting to Colombia have been added or changed.

  • Export Stamp Options Now in Effect for Hong Kong — In March 2017, FSIS issued a notice instructing inspection program personnel (IPP) on new alternatives available for marking consignments with the USDA export stamp. These options include applying the stamp to each outside container, a securely enclosed pallet or pallets within the consignment, or a closed means of conveyance – rather than to each individual box. However, the notice specified that use of these options depended on the individual country requirements listed in the Export Library. The export requirements for Hong Kong now accommodate the export stamp options included in the FSIS notice.

    NOTE: In December, the Export Library entries for Hong Kong and South Korea were briefly updated to accommodate use of the stamp alternatives listed in the FSIS notice. However, those updates were later removed because the options listed in the FSIS notice were not yet available for those countries. Today’s update reinstates these options for shipments destined for Hong Kong, but they are still not in effect for South Korea. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Updated English and Bilingual Certificates Available for Meat Preparations and Products Destined for EU — We reported on Friday that updated bilingual letterheads for meat preparations and meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines had been posted in the Export Library for the European Union. Please also note that the English versions of these letterheads have been also updated. If shipping these types of products under either an English or a bilingual letterhead, exporters must use the most recent version as linked in the Export Library. If you have shipped product using an old version of a certificate and that product has not yet landed in the EU, you will need to get replacement certificates with the most recent version.

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


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

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

  • Clarification: Hog Casings Ineligible for South Africa — Hog casings of both U.S. and Canadian origin have been added to the ineligible product list for South Africa. Pork offal was already on the ineligible products list, but this change clarifies that hog casings are not eligible for export to South Africa.

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


January 2018


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

  • Plant Delisting for China and Taiwan — The Export Library entries for China and Taiwan have been updated to reflect a plant delisting.

  • Japan Plant Delisting — The Export Library for Japan has been updated to reflect a plant delisting.

  • Documentation Requirements for Ovine Casings Destined for Taiwan — The Export Library for Taiwan now requires ovine casings of U.S. origin to be accompanied by FSIS Form 9060-7 and FSIS Form 9285-1.
    Form 9285-1 is also required for sheep casings originating from New Zealand and/or Australia and processed in either of those countries. Exporters with questions may email Travis Arp.

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

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

  • Beef Cold Storage List for Japan — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

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

  • Labeling Requirements for Republic of Congo — The Export Library for the Republic of Congo now specifies that for all products, French and English labels are required.

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

  • Further Update on Product Weight Documentation for China — On Dec. 22, we issued an Exporter Alert noting that for products destined for China, product weight on certificates should be shown in kilograms only in order to avoid delays at the port. However, the Export Library for China has now been further updated to indicate that product weight should be shown in kilograms and pounds.

    USMEF is seeking further information on implementation of this requirement and how it may affect shipments currently en route to China. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp.


  • U.S. Lamb and Veal Added to Eligible Products List for El Salvador — U.S. lamb and lamb products, and veal and veal products have been added to the eligible products list for El Salvador. Documentation requirements have also been updated accordingly.

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

December 2017


  • Oxtail Now Eligible for Export to Mexico — In the Export Library for Mexico, oxtail has been added to the eligible list of non-organ beef offals, which already included lips, diaphragm (skirt steak), cheek meat and feet. Please note that the oxtail addition is also reflected in an updated letterhead certificate.

  • New Retail-Ready Labeling Requirements for Costa Rica — The Export Library for Costa Rica has been updated to include specific label requirements for beef and pork products exported in retail packaging. The requirements state that Spanish labels are preferred, but English labels are acceptable. USMEF is working with USDA to answer outstanding questions that we and other exporters may have. We will provide further updates as more details become available. Please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.

  • Updated Bilingual Certificates Available for Products Destined for EU — We reported earlier this month that in the Export Library for the European Union, the following EU letterhead certificates were updated to remove or revise BSE attestations to comply with new EU legislation:

    • Beef
    • Bison
    • Meat preparations
    • Meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines

    Bilingual EU letterhead certificates for beef and bison have now also been updated. Bilingual letterheads for meat preparations and meat products are still being worked on, so we will report their posting once it occurs. Please note that some small additional changes were also made to the English versions of the beef and bison certificates, so be sure to use the certificate dated 12/20/2017 for any future shipments.
    If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Submission Process Change for Vietnam — The Export Library for Vietnam has been updated to reflect the change in plant registration authority from Vietnam’s National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) to the Department of Animal Health (DAH). If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Documentation Requirements Updated for Guatemala — Upon further clarification from the government of Guatemala, the documentation requirements for Guatemala have been updated to remove the word “production” from the lot number requirement in the Shipping Marks column of the Form 9060-5. This clarification should give exporters more flexibility in dictating the lot number used in that box. This number does not have to be reflected on the box label. As always, exporters are encouraged to review any documentation changes with their importer.
    Please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328 with any questions.

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

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

  • Export Stamp Options Not in Effect for South Korea — On Thursday we reported that the Export Library entries for South Korea and Hong Kong had been updated to accommodate use of alternative export stamp options listed in this FSIS notice, which include applying the stamp to each outside container, a securely enclosed pallet or pallets within the consignment, or a closed means of conveyance – rather than to each individual box. However, USMEF has now been informed that these changes are not yet effective for South Korea, and the Export Library update posted earlier this week has been removed. The new export stamp options remain in effect for Hong Kong. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Export Stamp Options Now Available for Product Destined for Hong Kong (UPDATED) — Earlier this year, FSIS issued a notice instructing inspection program personnel (IPP) on new alternatives available for marking consignments with the USDA export stamp. These options include applying the stamp to each outside container, a securely enclosed pallet or pallets within the consignment, or a closed means of conveyance – rather than to each individual box. However, the notice specified that use of these options depended on the individual country requirements listed in the Export Library.

    The Export Library entry for Hong Kong has been updated to accommodate use of the alternatives listed in the FSIS notice. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

    NOTE: This item has been updated to no longer include South Korea. These changes appeared briefly this week in the Export Library entry for South Korea, but have since been removed.


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

  • Updated Letterhead Certificates for Switzerland — We reported in Friday’s Exporter Update that letterhead certificates for the European Union were updated to remove or revise BSE attestations to comply with new EU legislation. The updated certificates for bison and non-hormone treated cattle (NHTC) beef have also now been posted in the Export Library for Switzerland. No changes have been made to the certificate for beef not produced under the NHTC program for Switzerland. Updated bilingual EU letterhead certificates matching the English-only versions are also expected to be posted soon.

  • EU Letterhead Certificates Updated — In the Export Library for the European Union, the following EU letterhead certificates have been updated to remove or revise BSE attestations to comply with new EU legislation:

    • Beef
    • Bison
    • Meat preparations
    • Meat products and treated stomachs, bladders, and intestines

    Certificate links for non-EU countries that use the EU letterhead certificates, such as Switzerland, have also been revised to link to the updated forms. No requirements for exporters have changed. The bilingual EU letterhead certificates will also be updated to match the English-only versions.

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


  • Documentation Requirements Clarified for Taiwan — In the Export Library for Taiwan, certain documentation requirements have been updated to clarify that they apply to both red meat and poultry. No red meat documentation requirements have been added or changed. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

November 2017


  • Canned Meats to Australia — This week the Export Library for Australia was amended to include updated letterhead certificates and documentation requirements for canned pork and canned poultry products. An earlier version of this library update indicated that canned beef and blood products had been added to the eligible products list, but that provision has been removed and those products remain ineligible for Australia. Also, canned lamb is no longer on the eligible products list for Australia.
    If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

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

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

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

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

October 2017


September 2017


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

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

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

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

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

  • Clarification on Processed Beef Products for Japan — The Export Library for Japan has been updated to clarify that processed beef products using artificial casings (or eligible natural casings, as specified) are eligible for export to Japan. Regardless of the casings used, all beef contained in processed products must comply with the Export Verification (EV) program for Japan.

    USMEF has contacted FSIS regarding this library update, as further clarification may be needed. We will provide additional updates as more details become available.


August 2017


  • ANUGA Food Show Updates for Germany — In the Export Library for Germany, an updated letterhead certificate is available for products being shipped to the ANUGA 2017 food show in Cologne. The other library changes simply update the event date to 2017. Participants should note that all federally inspected plants are eligible to export meat and poultry products to ANUGA. EU approval is only required for export of wild game products.

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

  • Plant Relisting for Korea — The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to reflect reinstatement of a U.S. beef plant.

  • Plant Delisting for Canada — The Export Library for Canada has been updated to reflect a plant delisting.

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

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

  • Approved Halal Certifiers No Longer Listed for UAE; Exporter Still Responsible for Obtaining Halal Certificate — In the Export Library for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the list of Islamic halal certifiers approved by the UAE has been removed. The library now notes that the exporter is responsible for obtaining a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter issued by a member of a Muslim organization recognized by the importing country. New contact information for those with questions on halal certification for the UAE has been added.

    In addition, the requirement to have the Islamic Slaughter Certificate endorsed by the UAE Embassy or Consulate has been removed. If you have questions, please contact the USMEF Technical Services Department.


  • Beef for U.S. Military Consumption in Singapore — In the Export Library for Singapore, it is noted that U.S. beef and beef products destined for U.S. military consumption are exempt from this requirement:

    The product was derived from cattle that were born, raised and slaughtered in the United States or imported from countries approved by the government of Singapore.


July 2017


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

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

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

  • Updated Form for European Union — In the Export Library for the European Union, an updated version of FSIS Form 9100-1 (EU Conformance Verification Checklist) is now available. The changes in the form are the removal of the pig heart incision requirement and the addition of siluriformes as a fish species. The pig heart incision requirement was already removed from the Export Library, but this change updates the form.

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


  • Uzbekistan Reopens to U.S. Pork — Fresh/frozen U.S. pork has been added to the eligible products list for Uzbekistan, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2017. This market had been closed to U.S. pork since 2014, when Uzbekistan suspended imports in response to findings of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the United States. It was the only international market to impose a PEDv-related ban on U.S. pork.

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

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

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

  • FSIS No Longer Requires Copy of Beef Import Permit for China; Cattle Eligibility also Clarified — The Export Library for China had previously required, for beef exports only, that a translated copy of the import permit must be presented to FSIS personnel whenever a Form 9060-6 Application for Export was submitted. This requirement has been removed. Please note, however, that the following guidance language still applies:

    Exporters are advised that importers must have a valid import license to allow entry of meat and meat products. Exporters should work closely with their importer to assure that the proper licenses have been obtained.

    This cattle eligibility clarification has also been added to the Export Library for China:

    All beef must be derived from cattle that were either (a) born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States, (b) imported from Canada or Mexico and then raised and slaughtered in the United States, or (c) imported from Canada or Mexico for direct slaughter in the United States.

    The final change included in this Export Library update is the removal of FSIS contact information for obtaining details on China’s residue and microbiological standards.

    If you have questions about any of these changes, please email Travis Arp or Paul Clayton or call 303-623-6328.


  • Clarification: Container Numbers Still Required for Exports to EU — For all products destined for the European Union, container numbers are still required on all export and transit letterhead certificates. Container numbers were formerly listed as optional in the Export Library, which is corrected by this update. If you have questions or have a shipment en route to the EU that does not include a container number on the certificate, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Additional Documentation Requirement for Beef to Israel — The Export Library for Israel now requires the application of an Export Stamp identifying the Certificate Number indicated on FSIS Form 9060-5 Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and the Letterhead Certificate for Export of Beef, Beef Products, and Beef Offal to Israel (previously, the stamp was only required on the Form 9060-5). If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

  • Contact Information Corrected for a UAE-approved Halal Certifier — In the Export Library for the United Arab Emirates, the phone number of an approved Islamic halal certifier has been corrected.

June 2017


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

  • Korea Plant Delisting — The Export Library for South Korea has been updated to reflect a beef plant delisting.

  • Additional Documentation Requirements for Israel — In the Documentation Requirements section, the Export Library for Israel now requires application of an export stamp identifying the certificate number indicated on the Form 9060-5 Export Certificate of Wholesomeness. The Export Stamp must be applied in the area on the certificate provided for an “Official stamp” in the signature block on the last page of the certificate, as well as at the bottom of each preceding page along with the signature. Please note that the export stamp must be applied in an ink color other than black. The FSIS veterinarian signature, which was already required prior to this library update, now must also be in an ink color other than black.

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


  • Export Certificate Guidance Updated for EU — >In the Export Library for the European Union, the guidelines for completing the export certificates for beef, bison, pork, wild boar, and fresh meat transit/storage have been updated with new information for filling out blocks 1.7 and 1.8 (Country and Region of Origin) of those corresponding veterinary certificates. Exporters are encouraged to review these changes to minimize potential delays at EU ports of entry.

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


  • Residue Sampling Plans, In Lieu of Statement Updated for EU — The following updates are posted to the Export Library for the European Union:
    • Residue sampling plans have been updated for 2017 and are posted for exporter and inspector reference in the Residue Testing section.
    • A new in lieu of statement has been posted that includes export mark information. Effective immediately, exporters should use this revised statement on the last page of the letterhead certificate. This EU-specific in lieu of statement can be found at the beginning of the Documentation section.
    • This guidance language is also new: Note: container numbers are optional on all EU export and transit certificates. However, failure to include the container number will affect the port of entry inspection procedure. The shipper may elect to include the container number if desired. This information is not verified by inspection personnel.

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


  • Pre-notification Details Added for China — Additional details on the export pre-notification process have been added to the Export Library for China. Also added to the library were documentation details we summarized in Thursday’s Exporter Update.

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


  • Market Access Details for U.S. Beef in China — A U.S. government team was in Beijing last week for meetings with Chinese counterparts on a number of points related to market access for U.S. beef in China. The agreement reached between the two governments is now reflected in the Export Library for China and in the Export Verification (EV) Program administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. The following is a summary of the main points agreed to last week:

    Market Opening Timeline

    Beef produced (slaughtered) after May 24, 2017 is eligible for export to China. As soon as possible after receiving EV Program applications, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will post the names of the first slaughter establishments with an approved EV Program for China.

    Product Scope

    The following list of products from cattle under 30 months of age will be eligible for export to China:

    Chilled and frozen bone-in and boneless beef muscle cuts, as well as heart, liver, kidney, tendon, omasum, tongue, backstrap, bones, oxtail, feet, inside and outside skirt, tunic tissue, lips, hanging tender, cheek meat, head meat and ground beef. These items are eligible when derived from cattle born in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

    Processed beef products are not eligible. However, scalded, smoked, and heat-treated products – such as scalded omasum and smoked beef feet – are eligible if there are no added ingredients and the product is not fully cooked.

    Residues

    When prohibited compounds – including synthetic hormones and beta agonists – are detected in U.S. beef, the shipment in question will be rejected. The rejected shipment can either be reexported or destroyed under the supervision of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). China identified several factors that will determine enforcement action against the exporting U.S. establishment including the level of the compound found, the tissues in which the compound is found, and the frequency of occurrence. All of these factors can go into a recommendation to delist. AQSIQ will notify FSIS of any plant delistings and allow 45 days from the date of notification for the establishment to provide a corrective action to FSIS. AQSIQ also reserved the right to conduct an additional investigation into the violation, possibly including an on-site audit.

    Labeling

    In addition to the labeling requirements outlined in the protocol, AQSIQ confirmed that it will allow shelf life indications for both frozen and chilled product on the same label. However, in those cases, AQSIQ will require that an exporter indicates which shelf life date applies to the given product (i.e. chilled product must indicate that the chilled shelf life applies, if both frozen and chilled shelf life are indicated on the label). USMEF has also posted this labeling guidance document for China.

    Pre-notification

    To meet China’s pre-notification requirement, FSIS will enter information from export certificates for beef shipments to China into a spreadsheet and transmit the spreadsheet electronically to AQSIQ on a weekly basis. This pre-notification system will remain in effect until it can be replaced by the “Foreign Country Log-In System,” which is part of the current functioning PHIS system. Ultimately, FSIS plans to implement electronic certificate transfer in the PHIS export module.

    Traceability

    China accepts the “bookend” traceability system proposed by USDA, which focuses primarily on the farm of origin and the facility where the animal is processed, without tracking all movements and changes of ownership.

    Animal Health

    China recognizes the animal health status and associated animal disease control measures of the United States.

    Response to a Future BSE Case

    If another BSE case is confirmed in the United States, the market will remain open as long as the U.S. retains its negligible BSE risk status with the World Organization for Animal Health.

    USMEF members with questions may email Thad Lively or Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.


  • Approved Halal Certifiers List for UAE Reduced — In the Export Library for the United Arab Emirates, the list of approved Islamic halal certifiers has been significantly reduced for any product for which the export certificate was issued on or after June 1.

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


  • Beef Variety Meat Eligibility Detailed for Thailand — In early April, we reported that Thailand is now accepting bone-in and boneless beef from cattle of any age, as long as the slaughter date is on or after April 1, 2017. For product derived from cattle slaughtered on or after this date, all AMS Export Verification (EV) Program requirements were removed. We also noted that beef offal and offal products remained ineligible for Thailand, and that USMEF was seeking clarification on certain items that are sometimes classified as offal.

    In the latest Export Library update for Thailand, the list of eligible items now includes fresh/frozen tongue, cheek meat, oxtails, tendons, hanging tenders, inside skirts and outside skirts derived from cattle of any age slaughtered on or after April 1, 2017. An EV Program is no longer required for these products. Also please note that in both the Eligible Product section and the Documentation Requirements section, the term “bone-in and boneless beef products” has been replaced by “all fresh/frozen beef and beef products.”

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


  • Documentation Requirements Clarified for South Africa — Today a number of Middle Eastern countries have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, and USMEF is gathering information regarding the impact on trade and transportation. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued this statement regarding closure of UAE airspace and seaports to all vessels from Qatar. FAS-Dubai is currently assessing the volume of U.S. product that is transshipped through the UAE with a final destination of Qatar, as well as any other trade implications for U.S. agricultural products. News reports indicate that other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (which also includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman) and Egypt are taking similar actions against Qatar, and USMEF will provide updates as more information becomes available.

May 2017


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

  • Further Update for Pork to Barbados — We reported earlier this week that the Export Library for Barbados now includes new requirements and documentation for exporting pork. These changes were summarized in the May 17 Exporter Update.

    Minor wording changes have been made to the PQA+ attestation to be used in either the Remarks section or on the letterhead for fresh/frozen pork. A new letterhead certificate with the updated wording is posted with a May 19, 2017 effective date — but no export requirements have changed.

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


  • U.S. Lamb Eligibility Clarified for Guatemala — U.S. sheep and lamb products, including fresh/frozen cuts and processed products, are now included on the eligible products list for Guatemala.

    Guatemala has been accepting U.S. lamb shipments in recent months, but this library update clarifies the range of eligible products. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Cold Storage Facilities List for Japan — Updates are posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

  • For Pork to Barbados, New Requirements and Documentation — Updates are posted to the Export Library for Barbados, listing new requirements for exporting pork. A trichinae mitigation attestation is now needed for fresh/frozen pork and pork meat products. Exporters may utilize the following options to meet the trichinae mitigation requirement:

    1. Testing
    2. Process as listed in the FSIS Compliance Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Trichinella and Other Parasitic Hazards in Pork and Products Containing Pork (includes freezing and heat treatment)
    3. PQA+ sourcing, either through an AMS export verification (EV) program or an APHIS PQA+ Sourcing Verification Program (PSVP)

    More details on each of those options, as well as approved suppliers for the PQA+ options, can be found in the Export Library. Please note that there are new remarks listed for fresh/frozen and cooked pork that must be included either in the Remarks section of the 9060-5 or the Barbados letterhead certificate. Cooked pork and pork products do not require a trichinae mitigation attestation. Please note that all documentation (9060-5 and letterhead certificates) requires the signature of an FSIS official veterinarian.

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


  • Documentation Requirements for Qatar — In the Export Library for Qatar, documentation requirements for meat and meat products have been separated from the documentation requirements for poultry. While additional information is now required in the Remarks section of the Form 9060-5 for poultry, no export requirements or documentation requirements for red meat have been added or changed. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.

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

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

  • Trade Samples and Research Samples for Denmark — In the Export Library for Denmark, a section has been added for meat and poultry products not harmonized by the European Union. This section covers trade samples and samples to be used only for research purposes. Guidelines are included for completing the FSIS Form 9060-5 and letterhead certificate in English and Danish.

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


April 2017


  • Japan Cold Storage List — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

  • Updated Guidance for Mexico — In the Export Library for Mexico, an updated link has been inserted into the “Mexican Port Restrictions” section. The link directs exporters to a USDA Web page providing guidance for companies seeking to expand their business in Mexico. No export requirements have changed.

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

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

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

  • EV Requirements Removed for U.S. Beef Destined for Thailand — Bone-in and boneless beef from cattle of any age is now eligible for Thailand, as long as the slaughter date is on or after April 1, 2017. For product derived from cattle slaughtered on or after this date, all AMS Export Verification (EV) Program requirements have been removed.

    Please note that beef offal and offal products remain ineligible for Thailand, and USMEF is seeking clarification on which items (for example, skirts and diaphragms) will be classified as offal by Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development. We are also seeking clarification on the eligibility of processed beef products. If you have questions, please email Travis Arp or call 303-226-7309.

    For cattle slaughtered before April 1, the boneless-only requirement is still in effect, as are all other EV Program requirements.


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

  • 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.

March 2017


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

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

  • Products Destined for U.S. Military Facilities in Korea — In the Export Library for South Korea, the following new (underlined) language has been added:

    Military Shipments. Shipments of meat destined solely for distribution to the U.S. military are not required to meet Republic of Korea standards. Military shipments are not exempt from animal health requirements, including AI restrictions, for exports to Korea.

    Please note that while this new language cites avian influenza-related restrictions as an example, it is the “Other Requirements” section that applies to all meat and poultry products destined for Korea.


  • Beef Tripe Eligibility Clarified for Costa Rica; Please Note New Letterhead Certificate — The Export Library for Costa Rica has been updated to clarify that bovine tripe, including further processed products, is eligible for export under Costa Rica’s “beef and other beef by-products” requirements. Costa Rica has been accepting beef tripe so this is a clarification, and no export requirements have changed. However, exporters of all beef and beef products should now use this updated letterhead certificate.

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


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

February 2017


  • Cold Storage List Updated for Beef to Japan — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

  • Processed Animal Protein Destined for the Netherlands — In the Export Library for the Netherlands, processed animal protein, which is defined as dehydrated pork fatty tissue, is no longer listed as a product not harmonized by the European Union and therefore subject to the requirements of the Netherlands. The only products still listed as not harmonized by the EU are concentrated or dried beef, pork and poultry stock. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Brazil Plant List — Additions are posted to the eligible plant list for Brazil.

  • Pork Eligibility Clarified for Grenada — An update to the Export Library for Grenada clarifies that U.S. pork and pork products are eligible. Grenada was already accepting U.S. pork, with 2016 exports totaling 160 mt valued at about $450,000.

  • Label Registration, Documentation and Eligibility Addressed for Exports to Brazil — Several clarifications and additions are posted in the Export Library for Brazil. The changes, by specific section, are as follows:

    Label Registration Requirements:

    • Clarification that the label registration number must be included on the FSIS Beef, Beef Products, and Offals Letterhead certificate.
    • A helpful label template has been posted to assist exporters with the bilingual box label requirements for Brazil. More details can also be found in this USMEF Guidance Document.
    • Brazil recently moved its label registration process to an electronic system, so establishments should now complete their label registration online rather than through hard copy mail. The U.S.-based exporter will receive an email when the process is complete, but a note indicates that this process may take several weeks.
    • Clarification is included that label registration does not have to go through the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. However, FAS-Brasilia is available to assist with any questions on the label components or registration process, if requested. A name and email address for the main embassy contact, Priscila Ming, is now included.

    Documentation Requirements:

    • An addition has been added to the Pork Casings section, clarifying that the certificate and letterhead are available only for casings produced domestically.

    Eligible Establishment List:

    • Clarification is included that product cannot be shipped until confirmation of both establishment and label registration is received from the Government of Brazil.

    Also note that the content included in the Processing Requirements section has not changed, but it is now listed separately from the Label Registration requirements section.

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


  • Certification Changes for Closed-faced Sandwiches Destined for Canada Now in Effect — Last month we reported that effective Feb. 13, FSIS would no longer sign export certificates for closed-face sandwiches to Canada unless the processing facility applies for voluntary FSIS inspection of the applicable products and implements the AMS Export Verification Program for Microbiological Testing of Ready-To-Eat Products Destined for Canada. Because these changes take effect today, they are now reflected in the Export Library for Canada.

    For more background on this issue, please see the FSIS Notice included in the Jan. 11 Exporter Update. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.


  • Beef Plant Relisted by Japan — The Export Library for Japan has been updated to reflect the relisting of a beef plant.

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

  • Details on Continuation Sheet (Form 9135-3A) Added for Canada — Additional information pertaining to Canada not requiring a FSIS veterinary signature on FSIS Form 9135-3 and 9135-3A anymore has been posted in the Export Library. This is in addition to a related Exporter Update we reported earlier this week. The FSIS Form 9135-3A Continuation Sheet has been updated to remove the veterinary statement in the signature line. This updated form can be accessed by authorized FSIS personnel from the FSIS Intranet site or ordered from the Supply Office. For questions, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

  • Additional Clarification Regarding Vet Signatures for Canada — As a follow-up to the Notice we reported on Jan. 11, FSIS has now updated the Export Library for Canada clarifying which export documents can and cannot be signed by non-veterinary FSIS personnel. In the Documentation Requirements section, please find clarification stating that FSIS Form 9135-3 and 9135-3A can be signed by FSIS non-veterinary personnel. However, if the product being exported requires additional remarks on the 9135-3 (by either the exporter including the remarks in the form or using the corresponding letterhead certificate), a veterinary signature will still be required. This will be in place until Canada agrees to let non-veterinary FSIS personnel attest to the additional animal health related remarks. Most products, including beef, bison, sheep and goat meat, require additional remarks, so a veterinary signature will still be required for those export documents. Pork, unless being re-exported from Canada, does not require additional remarks. So in most cases, a non-veterinary FSIS signature can now be used for pork. Please check the Documentation Requirements section to verify if the product you are exporting does or does not require additional remarks for the 9135-3. A guideline for completing export certificates for Canada has also been posted in the Documentation section. For questions, please contact Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

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

January 2017


  • Halal Certifier Added for Indonesia — In the Export Library for Indonesia, an Islamic center has been added to the list of approved (for cattle slaughter) halal certifiers recognized by the Indonesian Council of Ulama.

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

  • New Non-Edible Use Certificate Posted for France — In the Export Library for France, a new export certificate has been posted that can only be used to send animal products to be used outside the feed chain (not for human consumption). The primary intended use of this certificate is for companies sending meat for testing on equipment. All species are eligible, as long as they can meet the listed animal health attestations. EU establishment approval is not required, so all establishments are also eligible. Please note that special labeling does apply. See the certificate for details on labeling.

    If USMEF members have interest in seeing this type of certificate created for other EU member states, please email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328 for more information.

  • Delisting Posted for Mexico — The eligible plant list for Mexico has been updated to reflect a plant delisting.
  • Japan Cold Storage List — An update is posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

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

  • Beef Cold Storage Facilities List for Japan — An update has been posted to the list of cold storage facilities eligible to export beef to Japan.

  • Brazil Plant List — Several beef slaughter plants, processing plants and cold storage facilities have been added to the eligible plant list for Brazil.

  • Additional Details Regarding Label Registration for Brazil — Details and examples of how to assign unique, sequential label registration numbers for multiple product labels at each establishment have been added to the Processing/Labeling Requirements section of the FSIS Export Library page for Brazil. For more questions, please contact Cheyenne McEndaffer.

  • Brazil Plant List — A beef slaughter plant has been posted to the eligible plant list for Brazil.

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

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