Export Requirements for Colombia
CO-60 (Sep 30, 2014)
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- Pork and pork products.
- Protein-free tallow (0.15% maximum insoluble impurities), products derived from protein-free tallow and gelatin and collagen exclusively obtained from hides and skins.
- Poultry and poultry products, except as indicated in B. Ineligible.
- Beef and beef products. The vertebral column (including the transverse process of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, the wings of the sacrum, and the vertebrae of the tail) must be removed from animals 30 months of age and older. Also, the meat cannot be derived from animals imported from Canada for immediate slaughter. Eligible beef and beef products must be produced under an approved AMS Export Verification (EV) program for beef to Colombia. Veal is not subject to an approved EV program; however, an EV program is necessary if the facility also handles non-conforming product in which case the EV program is required to ensure control of the non-conforming product. Information about the EV program for Colombia and a list of EV approved establishments can be obtained from AMS' Web site.
Effective March 19, 2012, a Statement of Verification (SOV) is no longer required as part of the export certification process for Colombia. FSIS inspection personnel will continue to verify the eligibility of the establishment and product. The unique product identification system can be accessed by authorized FSIS inspection personnel from FSIS' Intranet site. Details of the Export Verification program can be accessed from the Export Verification (EV) Programs Additional Requirements page on the AMS' Web site.
If FSIS inspection personnel become aware of concerns that an AMS approved EV establishment is not properly executing its EV program, export certification should not be issued for the product in question and AMS should be notified at ARCBranch@usda.gov. Inspection personnel should include their immediate supervisor on messages to AMS. The following information should be included in the message:
- Establishment name, address, and establishment number
- Product type, product code, and quantity of product
- Date of production, lot number, and shift
- Date and nature of observation
- Name of country product is intended for export
- Export certificate number (if applicable)
- Any other information to verify claim
- Name of inspection official
Rendered beef fat is not subject to the EV Program.
- Goat and sheep and by-products.
- Imported poultry and poultry products and meat derived from birds that have not been in the U.S. for at least 21 days.
- In addition to U.S. labeling requirements, the following information must appear in Spanish on the consumer packaging. The information must be provided in Spanish and may be on the consumer packaging label or on an authorized sticker/label affixed to the product. These labels can be affixed to the product during or after the nationalization process in warehouses or storage facilities inspected, surveyed and controlled by sanitary authorities in Colombia. If not in Spanish on the consumer packaging, the English text of the label must be translated into Spanish on the exporter's letterhead and be presented at the time of importation into Colombia. Additional information about labeling requirements is available in the Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network Report.
- Name of the product
- List of ingredients (if a multi-ingredient product)
- Net weight (in metric units. May be in English only)
- Producer name and address (May be in English only)
- Origin country
- Lot number (May be in English only)
- Expiration date (day/month/year format). (May be in English only)
- Conditions of storage
- Date of packaging
- Meat and poultry products must be packaged according to U.S. requirements.
- Shipping containers must be sealed; commercial seals are acceptable.
All FSIS export certificates accompanying the product must be signed by an FSIS veterinarian. The veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) must be indicated after the signature.
- Meat and meat products - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness.
- Poultry and poultry products- Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and the FSIS letterhead certificate.
Note: For Avian Influenza inactivation, the internal temperatures and cooking times are 60.0°C (140°F), 507 seconds; 65.0°C (149°F), 42 seconds; 70.0°C (158°F), 3.5 seconds; 73.9°C (165°F), 0.51 seconds.
For Newcastle virus inactivation, the internal temperatures and cooking times are 65.0°C (149°F), 39.8 seconds; 70.0°C (158°F), 3.6 seconds; 74.0°C (165.2°F), 0.5 seconds; 80.0°C (176°F), 0.03 seconds.
- Rendered Beef Fat - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness and the FSIS Letterhead certificate.
- Pork Lard - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness and the FSIS Letterhead certificate.
- Pork Casings - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-7 (08/26/2011), Animal Casings Export Certificate for Countries Requiring Ante-mortem, Post-mortem, and Fit for Human Food Statements and the FSIS Letterhead Certificate.
- Pork and pork meat products - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and the FSIS Letterhead Certificate.
Note: Regarding the underlying basis that enables FSIS to certify Statement 11: Information about the surveillance conducted in the United States for the animal diseases listed by the World Animal Health Organization is provided to Colombia on a recurring basis by USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. The information provided includes reports regarding swine health and trichinae surveillance, from the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS).
Note to Exporter: For pork that has not been subjected to a freezing process or other processes described in item 12 of the letterhead certificate, these shipments must be accompanied by an industry affidavit on which the shipper/exporter certifies on company letterhead the following:
“The pork meat originates from PQAPlus qualified swine farms that apply measures to minimize the exposure to potential sources of Trichinella spiralis.”
Note: Each FSIS Form 9060-5 and letterhead certificate that is issued should represent product that has the same status regarding Statement 13. Product in a shipment that has a different status regarding Statement 13 must be represented by a separate 9060-5 and letterhead certificate.
Failure to follow these instructions may cause shipments to be detained and refused entry.
Note: Regarding Statement 13, the FSIS certifying official will line through the statement if the pork has not been subjected to a freezing process or other processes (one of the processes described in item 12) that guarantee the destruction of the parasite (Trichinella spiralis).
- Beef and beef products - In completing the FSIS Form 9060-6, Application for Export, the following statement must be included: "The product meets EV requirements for Colombia." Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness and the FSIS letterhead certificate.
- Additional certification requirements:
- The following statement must be provided by the exporter or agent on company letterhead:
"The containers or transportation vehicles have been washed and disinfected."
Note to the Exporter: An import license may be required, depending on the product and the point of entry. The Colombian Authority may require that the import license be obtained prior to the FSIS certifying official signing the export certificate and associated documentation. Not obtaining the import license prior to the signature of the FSIS certifying official may result in a rejected shipment by Colombian authorities. Exporters are advised to check with their importing agent regarding this issue.*
Plants Eligible to Export
At this time, all Federally inspected establishments are eligible to export to Colombia. However, beef products must originate from AMS EV approved establishments. Colombia will only recognize those establishments that are listed in the on-line USDA FSIS Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory. In addition to being listed in the FSIS Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory, the establishment number on the product label must be registered with the National Institute for the Surveillance of Food and Medicines in Colombia. Additional information about product labeling and registration requirements can be obtained from the following Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network Report. More information about establishment registration can be obtained from the following Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network Report.
- The following statement must be provided by the exporter or agent on company letterhead: