Last week we reported on the elimination of the export verification (EV) program for U.S. beef and beef products destined for Ukraine. This means exports to Ukraine are no longer limited to cattle less than 30 months of age, and all federally inspected plants are now eligible to export to Ukraine. We noted, however, that the “Plants Eligible to Export” section of the FSIS Export Library still needed to be updated, and that FSIS still needed to specify the production date on which the EV program is no longer in effect.
These changes were posted to the Export Library this week, so the Ukrainian market is now considered fully open to U.S. beef. The Export Library also indicates that any beef or beef products shipped on or after Jan. 7, 2016, including EV pipeline product, should utilize the revised letterhead certificate (FSIS Form 9460-3, dated 1/7/2016). So the new version of letterhead certificate must be used for all beef shipments to Ukraine, even if the product being shipped is derived from cattle slaughtered last year.