South Korea’s Special Act on Imported Food was implemented at the end of March, resulting in a change to Korea’s Import Declaration Form that could impact the declaration process for U.S. processed meat products.
Beginning next week, Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) is planning to encode all the individual ingredients of imported food (including processed meat products) listed on the revised Import Declaration Form (see the new “Ingredient Code” column of the linked sample form). Using the MFDS website, the importer must verify the code number of all the individual ingredients included in the import declaration and must complete the ingredient code column of the form.
The requirement to provide this information rests with the importer, so there is no need for exporters to submit an ingredient list to MFDS. However, exporters may begin receiving requests from importers asking them to provide ingredient details. If you have received such requests, or if you have other questions about these new requirements, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.