Export Requirements for South Africa
SF-48 (Apr 14, 2015)
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- Fresh/frozen and further processed pork and pork products must have an ocean bill of lading dated on or before May 31, 2013. Fresh/frozen and further processed pork and pork products are ineligible for export to South Africa effective June 1, 2013.
- Fully cooked poultry products
- Hog casings from animals slaughtered in the United States and Canada.
- Processed poultry products produced in a manner that ensures inactivation of the avian influenza virus are eligible so long as scientifically valid information is provided.
- 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)
- Pork and pork products with bills of lading dated on or after June 1, 2013.
- Fresh/frozen poultry meat derived from birds slaughtered on or after November 25, 2014 are ineligible. Fresh/frozen poultry meat shipped on or after December 25, 2014 will not be allowed entry into South Africa.*
- Poultry trimmings, mince, mechanically recovered poultry meat and other anatomically unrecognizable cuts.
- Ruminant meat and meat products
- Meat originating from a third country or meat from animals that were not born and raised in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
- Meat and poultry treated with ionizing irradiation is prohibited from entering South Africa.
- Eligibility of equine products, including horsemeat, has not been determined at this time. Information will be provided as it becomes available. Until eligibility information is provided, export certification cannot be issued for equine products intended for export to South Africa.
- Heat Treated Meat Products
- Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 - Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
- Obtain FSIS Form 9440-5 (04/11/00) - Animal Health Certificate for Heat Treated Products to the Republic of South Africa
Note: South Africa conducts random tests for Salmonella on imported poultry. Positive findings, particularly of Salmonella enteritidis, may result in rejection of product.
- Obtain FSIS Form 9440-4 (04/04/2000), Veterinary Health Certificate for Hog Casings to the Republic of South Africa.
- 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.
- 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.
- Special Permit/License
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Packaging material can be reused provided it is made of non-toxic, corrosion-resistant materials that can be cleaned and sterilized.
- Waxed cartons are acceptable.
- 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
- Plant Eligibility
- 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.
- 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.
- To request approval for export to South Africa:
- 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 email@example.com.
- FSIS will recommend the plant for approval to export to the Republic of South Africa.
- 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.
- The RSA list for approved meat and poultry slaughter and cut-up establishments is updated periodically and is available through the Export Requirements Library.
- 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.