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Export Requirements for South Africa

SF-56 (Jun 7, 2016)

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Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible
    1. Fresh/chilled and frozen poultry meat derived from birds hatched and raised in the United States and slaughtered on or after November 18, 2015, except products listed under Ineligible below.
      1. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has set up a voluntary Poultry Export Verification (EV) Program for South Africa to verify that poultry meat and poultry meat products were sourced from birds, other than commercially raised chickens, ducks and geese, which were hatched and raised in the United States. Certification that commercially raised chickens, ducks, and geese are hatched and raised in the United States can be made based upon assurances provided by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS); therefore, commercially raised chickens, ducks, and geese are exempt from participating in the Poultry EV Program. Exporting establishments that slaughter and process birds, other than commercially raised chickens, ducks and geese, must participate in the Poultry EV Program in order to export poultry meat and poultry meat products to South Africa. Information about the Poultry EV Program and a list of Poultry EV approved establishments and their approval dates can be found at the AMS website. Each establishment that participates in the Poultry EV Program for South Africa is required to maintain a unique product identification system, which can be accessed by authorized FSIS inspection personnel from the FSIS' Intranet site.
    2. Fully cooked poultry products.
    3. Raw frozen pork meat.
    4. Hog casings from animals slaughtered in the United States and Canada.
    5. Beef and beef products derived from cattle slaughtered after June 24, 2015.
    6. Poultry offal products, if certified fit for human consumption: giblet packs (gizzard, heart, and liver) and necks; and chicken feet (must be cleaned, scaled, and bear the mark of inspection)
  2. Ineligible
    1. Fresh/chilled and frozen poultry meat derived from birds slaughtered prior to November 18, 2015.
      1. Poultry and poultry products derived from birds originating from the State of Indiana slaughtered on or after January 15, 2016 but prior to April 22, 2016 are ineligible. Poultry and poultry products derived from birds originating from the State of Indiana slaughtered on or after April 22, 2016 are eligible.
    2. Poultry trimmings, minced poultry, mechanically recovered poultry meat and other anatomically unrecognizable cuts.
    3. Pork offal. 
    4. Beef derived from cattle slaughtered on or prior to June 24, 2015.
    5. Meat originating from a third country.
    6. Meat and poultry treated with ionizing irradiation is prohibited from entering South Africa.


Documentation Requirements

Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5

Note: The Exporter/Shipper section at the bottom of the FSIS Letterhead Certificates for poultry meat, pork and beef indicated below must be completed regardless of the method of shipment.

  1. Poultry meat.  Obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for the Export of Poultry Meat (excluding trimmings, mince, mechanically recovered poultry meat and other anatomically unrecognizable cuts) to South Africa.
    1. FSIS Safe Handling Instructions for poultry as laid out in 9 CFR 381.125(b) must be followed and applied to product exported to South Africa.  Use of FSIS Safe Handling stickers is accepted by South Africa.
    2. The following statement must be included and the pack date(s) added to the ‘Remarks’ section of FSIS Form 9060-5:  “The range of “Pack Dates”, which refers to the production or slaughter dates, included in this consignment is:  (List product pack/slaughter dates).
  2. Pork
    1. For pork cuts on the indicated list of pork products exempt from further processing on arrival in South Africa, obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Raw Frozen Pork Meat (Specified Cuts, Excluding Offal) Exported from the United States of America to South Africa for Unrestricted Sale. Prior to issuance of this certificate, FSIS Inspection Program Personnel must be provided with documentation verifying that lymph nodes have been removed from the product.* This documentation can be provided in the form of plant Quality Assurance/Quality Control checks, manufacturer certification or company attestation, or other acceptable written documentation.
      Note to Exporter:  For pork shoulder cuts listed in Annex A in the list of pork products exempt from further processing (above), the shipper/exporter should ensure that lymph nodes and excessive connective tissues are removed during the fabrication process.* The removal of lymph nodes and excessive connective tissues should have minimal impact on the appearance of the cuts.
    2. For all other pork cuts, obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Raw Frozen Pork Meat (Including Trimmings and Mechanically Recovered Meat, Excluding Offal) Exported from the United States of America for Processing at Approved Facilities.
  3. Beef.  Obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Importation of Beef  and Beef Products from the United States to South Africa.
  4. Heat Treated Meat Products
    1. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 - Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
    2. Obtain FSIS Form 9440-5 (04/11/00) - Animal Health Certificate for Heat Treated Products to the Republic of South Africa
  5. Casings
    1. Obtain FSIS Form 9440-4 (04/04/2000), Veterinary Health Certificate for Hog Casings to the Republic of South Africa.
    2. For casings obtained from the animals slaughtered in the U.S., obtain FSIS Form 9060-7 (08-13-2008), "Animal Casings Export Certificate for Countries Requiring Ante-mortem, Post-mortem, and Fit-for-Human-Food Statements". In addition, the following FSIS Letterhead Certificate must accompany FSIS Form 9060-7.
    3. For casings obtained from the animals slaughtered outside of the United States, obtain FSIS Form 9060-18 (08-13-2008), "Animal Casings Export Certificate for Countries Requiring Ante-mortem, Post-mortem, and Sound and Clean Statements".In addition, the following FSIS Letterhead Certificate must accompany FSIS Form 9060-18.
  6. Special Permit/License
    1. Each consignment must be accompanied by an import permit issued by the Director, Veterinary Services, Republic of South Africa. The importer is responsible for obtaining the import permit.
    2. Samples - A special permit may be issued by RSA veterinary authorities for samples. Importers must arrange in advance for a veterinary permit which may differ from permits issued for commercial purposes but exporters are advised to make sure requirements are followed. A veterinary certificate may still be required. Contact in RSA is Dr. M. Bronkhorst 012 319 7444, e-mail mariettad@nda.agric.za.


Inedible Product for Animal Food

Export certification of inedible products, other than technical animal fat (9 CFR 351) and certified pet food (9 CFR 355), is no longer provided by FSIS. Exporters should contact APHIS field offices to obtain information about certification of inedible products. A list of APHIS offices is available at APHIS' Web site.

Other Requirements

  1. Packaging
    1. Bone-in frozen red meat carcasses or quarters should be wrapped in such a way that the meat is totally covered. All other meat should be packed in cartons.
    2. The packaging material used must be hygienic, must not alter the organoleptic characteristics of the meat, and must be strong enough to protect the meat during handling, transportation, and storage.
    3. Only meat derived from the same animal species can be packed in an individual carton. Cartons must be safely secured in a manner such that the product does not become loose or fall off the pallet.
    4. Packaging material can be reused provided it is made of non-toxic, corrosion-resistant materials that can be cleaned and sterilized.
    5. Waxed cartons are acceptable.
  2. Shipping: The Department of Agriculture of the RSA prohibits the importation of meat in breakbulk format; only cartoned meat in sealed, self-cooling containers will be accepted into the Republic of South Africa.


Plants Eligible to Export

  1. Plant Eligibility
    1. Red meat and poultry slaughter and cut-up plants which desire to apply for approval to export to the Republic of South Africa (RSA) must comply with the RSA requirements. These plants are recommended by FSIS for approval by the Director, Veterinary Services, RSA to export meat and poultry products to RSA.
    2. Hog casings must be derived from animals slaughtered in FSIS-inspected plants which have been approved by the RSA. Casing processing plants, which are not slaughter plants, need not be prior approved by South Africa if they are Federally inspected plants.
  2. To request approval for export to South Africa:
    1. Submit a completed FSIS Form 9080-3 (05/10/2000) indicating the establishment's intent to export to South Africa to FSIS at Phone (202) 720-0082 or importexport@fsis.usda.gov.
    2. FSIS will recommend the plant for approval to export to the Republic of South Africa.
    3. The Director of Veterinary Services, RSA will grant final or provisional approval. All approved plants will be subject to review by a representative of the RSA, at their discretion.
  3. Issuance of an updated Grant of Inspection does not automatically change the establishment information on the South Africa approved plant list. When an updated Grant is issued that indicates an administrative change (name, dba, address, type of operation, or species changes), a copy of the Grant and a written request from the establishment (preferably on establishment letterhead) indicating what change needs to be made to the plant list should be faxed to FSIS at 202-720-7990 or emailed to importexport@fsis.usda.gov. South Africa will be notified of the changes. The FSIS list will be updated when confirmation is received from South Africa.
  4. The RSA list for approved meat and poultry slaughter and cut-up establishments is updated periodically and is available through the Export Requirements Library.
  5. The RSA does not require approval of processing plants or cold storage facilities. However, raw materials for processing and cold storage must originate from meat and poultry slaughter establishments that are approved to export to South Africa.

 

 

Last Modified Jun 07, 2016