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Export Requirements for Hong Kong

HK-118 (Jul 6, 2015)

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Red Meat Export Requirements for Hong Kong

Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible product
    1. All fresh/frozen beef and beef products (excluding ineligible product as stated in B.1. below) derived from cattle of any age slaughtered on or after June 17, 2014. An AMS Export Verification (EV) program is no longer required for these products.
    2. Beef ribs and other bone-in beef products (excluding cuts containing the vertebral column) derived from cattle less than 30 months of age slaughtered on or after February 25, 2013 through June 16, 2014 must be produced under an approved AMS Export Verification program.

      Eligible bone-in beef and bone-in beef products listed above must be produced under an approved AMS Export Verification (EV) program for beef to Hong Kong. Information about the EV program for bone-in beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age and a list of EV approved establishments can be obtained from AMS' Web site. Eligible product must be derived from cattle slaughtered on or after the approval date on the AMS list.

      FSIS inspection personnel are 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 QAD.AuditService@ams.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
    3. Ground beef (excluding ineligible product as stated in B.1. below) from cattle slaughtered on or after June 17, 2014 is eligible.  For this item, exporters are advised to work closely with importers to ensure requisite import permits are issued by appropriate Hong Kong officials.
    4. Fresh/ frozen pork and lamb products.
    5. Wild boar.
  2. Ineligible product
    1. Mechanically separated meat, lean finely textured beef (LFTB), scrap meat, trimmings or other pieces (whether with or without bone) from skeletal muscle indistinguishable from beef trimmings, and product from advanced meat recovery systems.


Labeling Requirements

  1. Tenderized meat shall be clearly and legibly marked with the words "TENDERIZED" in capital letters and must be written in English and Chinese.

Meat products that are compliant with Hong Kong requirements and arrive with required FSIS health certificate(s) will be allowed entry irrespective of carton labels with a China reference.

Documentation Requirements

All FSIS export certificates accompanying the product must be signed by a FSIS veterinarian. The veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) must be indicated after the signature.

  1. Fresh/Frozen pork, wild boar, and lamb products, except beef and beef products.
    1. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 - Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness.
      1. Use of the terminology "miscellaneous meat products" is unacceptable on FSIS Form 9060-5.
      2. For wild boar, the scientific name ( Sus scrofa), should be included in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5.
  2. Beef and beef products
    1. The export applicant must provide information about the consignment that includes specific product identification information, production date, number of boxes, and manufacturer.
    2. Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
    3. FSIS Form 9297-1 (02/15/2006), Export Certificate of Wholesomeness for Beef, is required.
      1. The following information must be provided in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9297-1:
        1. Slaughter dates in month/day/year format. Date ranges are acceptable.
        2. Processing dates in month/day/year format. Date ranges area acceptable.
      2. FSIS Form 9297-1 must be accurately completed. Errors such as incorrect establishment numbers, names and addresses of establishments may result in delayed or denied entry. In addition, the establishment number, name and address must agree with the information published on the AMS website. Also, if the product was certified at a slaughter/cutting plant, then both "slaughtering plant" and "processing plant" blocks must be checked in the section entitled "Product Exported From". The Government of Hong Kong is checking accompanying export certificates very closely and errors of this nature may result in delayed or denied entry.
      3. Additional certification statements in the Remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5 and 9297-1 are prohibited. The only information that can be entered in the Remarks section is that information indicated in the country requirements.
    4. For deboned beef, hanging tenders, dry aged deboned beef, beef inside skirts, and further processed deboned product from cattle less than 30 months of age slaughtered prior to February 25, 2013, obtain an FSIS Letterhead Certificate with the statements indicated below:
      1. The boneless bovine meat and meat products are derived from cattle of less than 30 months of age.
      2. The feeding of ruminants with meat and bone meal and greaves derived from ruminants has been banned and the ban has been effectively enforced.
      3. Antemortem inspection is carried out on all bovines.
      4. Cattle from which the meat or meat products originate were not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity or to a pithing process.
      5. The following material was hygienically removed from bovine meat and meat product prepared for Hong Kong: skull, including brain, eyes and trigeminal ganglia, tonsils, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglia (with the vertebral column) and intestine (pylorus to rectum).
      6. The boneless bovine meat and meat products do not include diaphragm (except the hanging tender), cheek and head meat, any trimmings, any mechanically separated meat or product from advanced meat recovery systems.
      7. Product meets EV Program Requirements for Hong Kong.
    5. For eligible beef products derived from cattle slaughtered on or after February 25, 2013 through June 16, 2014, as reflected in A.2. of the Eligible Product section, obtain an FSIS Letterhead Certificate with the following statements indicated below:
      1. The deboned beef was derived from cattle of all ages. The ribs and other bone-in beef products (excluding cuts involving vertebral column) were derived from cattle less than 30 months of age. The beef or beef products exclude mechanically separated beef, products from advanced recovery system, ground beef, scrap meat, trimmings or other pieces (whether with or without bone) of such shape or in such condition as to afford insufficient means of identification with a definite part of a carcass.
      2. The feeding of ruminants with meat and bone meal and greaves derived from ruminants has been banned and the ban has been effectively enforced.
      3. The beef or beef products were neither derived from nor contaminated with the following specified risk materials: the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), and dorsal root ganglia of cattle 30 months of age and older, and the tonsils and distal ileum of any cattle regardless of age.
      4. The cattle from which beef or beef products were derived were not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity or to a pithing process.
      5. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that passed ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that were slaughtered under official supervision in FSIS-inspected establishments. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle free from systemic contagious, infectious and parasitic disease at the time of slaughter.
      6. The beef or beef products were produced in accordance with the FSIS National Residue Program, which ensures that the product is free of harmful residues.
      7. The United States has been evaluated and classified by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as a country with a controlled-risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
      8. The products meet EV Program requirements for Hong Kong.
    6. For all products identified in section A.1. of the Eligible Product section from cattle slaughtered on or after June 17, 2014, obtain an FSIS Letterhead Certificate with the following statements indicated below:
      1. The beef or beef products exclude mechanically separated beef, products from advanced recovery system, lean finely textured beef, scrap meat, and trimmings or other pieces (whether with or without bone) indistinguishable from trimmings.
      2. The feeding of ruminants with meat and bone meal and greaves derived from ruminants has been banned and the ban has been effectively enforced.
      3. The beef or beef products were neither derived from nor contaminated with the following specified risk materials:  the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), and dorsal root ganglia of cattle 30 months of age and older, and the tonsils and distal ileum of any cattle regardless of age.
      4. The cattle from which beef or beef products were derived were
        not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity or to a pithing process.
      5. The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that passed ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection.  The beef or beef products were derived from cattle that were slaughtered under official supervision in FSIS-inspected establishments.  The beef or beef products were derived from cattle free from systemic contagious, infectious and parasitic disease at the time of slaughter.
      6. The beef or beef products were produced in accordance with the FSIS National Residue Program, which ensures that the product is free of harmful residues.
      7. The United States has been evaluated and classified by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as a country with a negligible-risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
    7. Hong Kong requires that the state of refrigeration at the time of certification be indicated in the "PRODUCT AS LABELED" block of FSIS Form 9060-5. For example, a product labeled as "pork tongues" must be entered as "frozen pork tongues" when the product is shipped frozen. The term frozen may be entered in the block if the product is frozen at the time of export inspection even if "frozen" is not part of the product name. Should fresh product be shipped, (e.g. air shipment) the term "chilled" would be used.
    8. All FSIS certificates must include the species under product description.


Other Requirements

  1. Products may be subjected to laboratory examination, as the Hong Kong officials reserve the right to sample for microbiological examination and refuse entry to unsatisfactory product.
  2. Ship Stores: All meat and poultry products exported to ship stores must comply with the export requirements for Hong Kong.


Plants Eligible to Export

All Federally inspected establishments are eligible to export meat and meat products other than bone-in beef to Hong Kong.

Effective February 25, 2013, federally inspected establishments producing bone-in beef intended for export to Hong Kong must participate in an AMS, BEV program and be present on the "Official Listing of Eligible Suppliers for USDA Bovine EV Program". The beef must be derived from cattle slaughtered on or after the approval date on the AMS list.


Poultry Export Requirements for Hong Kong 

Eligible/Ineligible Product

  1. Eligible
    1. Poultry meat and poultry meat products with the exception of poultry products indicated in Section B.
    2. Fully cooked or heat treated poultry products are exempt from poultry restrictions if heat processed according to the parameters in Poultry Processing requirements.
    3. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, slaughtered, or processed in Kings County, New York, on or after February 22, 2013, are eligible for export to Hong Kong.
    4. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, slaughtered, or processed in Scott County, Arkansas on or after October 24, 2013, are eligible for export to Hong Kong.
    5. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, slaughtered, or processed in Stanislaus County, California after October 10, 2014 and before December 31, 2014, are eligible for export to Hong Kong.
    6. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, slaughtered, or processed in Salem County, New Jersey on or after January 6, 2015.
    7. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, slaughtered, or processed in Douglas County, Oregon on or after April 15, 2015.
    8. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, slaughtered, or processed in the state of Nebraska, except for Dixon County, on or after July 2, 2015.
  2. Ineligible
    1. Poultry meat and poultry meat products derived from birds raised, processed, slaughtered or shipped from the areas below on the respective dates.
      • Arkansas
        • Boone County, Arkansas on or after February 10, 2015.
      • California
        • Stanislaus County, California on or after December 31, 2014
        • Kings County, California on or after January 11, 2015.
        • Merced County, California on or after February 9, 2015.
      • Idaho
        • Canyon County, Idaho on or after January 20, 2015.
      • Indiana
        • Whitley County, Indiana on or after April 15, 2015.
      • Iowa: Effective May 8, 2015, raw poultry products from the entire State of Iowa are prohibited for entry into Hong Kong. The effective dates for all previously banned counties in the State remain the same 
        • Buena Vista County, Iowa on or after March 21, 2015.
        • Osceola County, Iowa on or after March 25, 2015..
        • Sac County, Iowa on or after March 24, 2015.
        • O’Brien County, Iowa on or after April 1, 2015.
        • Sioux County, Iowa on or after April 2, 2015.
        • Kossuth County, Iowa on or after April 3, 2015.
        • Clay and Pocahontas County, Iowa on or after April 6, 2015.
        • Cherokee County, Iowa on or after April 7, 2015.
        • Madison County, Iowa on or after April 8, 2015
        • Wright County, Iowa on or after April 10, 2015.
      • Kansas
        • Leavenworth County, Kansas on or after February 12, 2015
        • Crawford County, Kansas on or after March 2, 2015
      • Minnesota: Effective May 8, 2015, raw poultry products from the entire State of Minnesota are prohibited for entry into Hong Kong. The effective dates for all previously banned counties in the State remain the same 
        • Pope County, Minnesota on or after February 5, 2015.
        • Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota on or after March 2, 2015.
        • Stearns County, Minnesota on or after March 5, 2015.
        • Nobles County, Minnesota on or after March 7, 2015.
        • Kandiyohi County, Minnesota on or after March 13, 2015.
        • Meeker County, Minnesota on or after March 14, 2015..
        • Lyon County, Minnesota on or after March 14, 2015.
        • Cottonwood County, Minnesota on or after March 15, 2015.
        • Watonwan County, Minnesota on or after March 16, 2015.
        • Swift County, Minnesota on or after March 19, 2015.
        • Redwood County, Minnesota on or after March 20, 2015.
        • LeSueur County, Minnesota on or after March 16, 2015.
        • Roseau County, Minnesota on or after March 21, 2015.
        • Otter Tail County, Minnesota on or after March 21, 2015.
        • Wadena County, Minnesota on or after March 25, 2015
        • Clay County, Minnesota on or after March 29, 2015.
        • Chippewa County, Minnesota on or after March 30, 2015.
        • Renville County, Minnesota on or after April 6, 2015.
        • Pipestone County, Minnesota on or after March 22, 2015.
        • Steele County, Minnesota on or after April 1, 2015.
        • Nicollet County, Minnesota on or after April 7, 2015.
        • Lincoln County, Minnesota on or after April 8, 2015.
      • Missouri
        • Moniteau County, Missouri, on or after February 10, 2015.
        • Jasper County, Missouri, on or after February 12, 2015.
        • Lewis County, Missouri on or after April 5, 2015.
      • Montana
        • Judith Basin County, Montana on or after March 1, 2015.
      • Nebraska
        • Dixon County, Nebraska on or after April 18, 2015.
      • North Dakota
        • Dickey County, North Dakota on or after March 17, 2015.
        • LaMoure County, North Dakota on or after March 31, 2015.
      • Oregon
        • Deschutes County, Oregon on or after January 18, 2015.
      • South Dakota
        • Beadle County, South Dakota on or after March 9, 2015.
        • McCook County, South Dakota on or after March 17, 2015.
        • McPherson County, South Dakota on or after March 18, 2015.
        • Spink County, South Dakota on or after March 23, 2015.
        • Kingsbury County, South Dakota on or after March 15, 2015.
        • Roberts County, South Dakota on or after March 20, 2015.
        • Hutchinson County, South Dakota on or after April 16, 2015.
        • Yankton County, South Dakota on or after April 16, 2015.
        • Moody County, South Dakota on or after April 20, 2015.
      • Washington
        • Benton County, Washington on or after January 5, 2015.  Consignments in-transit that departed from USA before January 5, 2015, will be accepted if the date of slaughter and processing is before November 18, 2014.
        • Clallum County, Washington on or after January 22, 2015.
        • Okanogan County, Washington on or after February 5, 2015.
      • Wisconsin: Effective May 8, 2015, raw poultry products from the entire State of Wisconsin are prohibited for entry into Hong Kong. The effective dates for all previously banned counties in the State remain the same.
        • Jefferson County, Wisconsin on or after March 17, 2015.
        • Barron County, Wisconsin on or after March 22, 2015.
        • Juneau County, Wisconsin on or after March 17, 2015.
        • Chippewa County, Wisconsin on or after March 30, 2015.

Poultry Processing Requirements*

 

 

Core temperature (°C)

Time

Poultry meat

60.0

507 seconds

65.0

42 seconds

70.0

3.5 seconds

73.9

0.51 second



Labeling Requirements

Poultry products that are compliant with Hong Kong requirements and arrive with required FSIS health certificate(s) will be allowed entry irrespective of carton labels with a China reference.

Documentation Requirements

All FSIS export certificates accompanying the product must be signed by a FSIS veterinarian. The veterinary degree (DVM or equivalent) must be indicated after the signature.

  1. Uncooked poultry, poultry paws, and poultry - Obtain FSIS 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness, and an FSIS Letterhead Certificate with the additional statements.
    In addition, slaughter dates in month/year format must be included in the Remarks section of FSIS 9060-5. Date ranges are acceptable.
  2. Fully cooked poultry and poultry products - Obtain FSIS 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness and an FSIS Letterhead Certificate.*
  3. Ostrich meat - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness. Exporters must present the scientific name of the bird to show that it is not from endangered species along with certification from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and FSIS Form 9060-5 to the Hong Kong Department of Food and Environmental Hygiene for import approval.
  4. Hong Kong requires that the state of refrigeration at the time of certification be indicated in the "PRODUCT AS LABELED" block of FSIS Form 9060-5. For example, a product labeled as "chicken leg quarters" must be entered as "frozen chicken leg quarters" when the product is shipped frozen. The term frozen may be entered in the block if the product is frozen at the time of export inspection even if "frozen" is not part of the product name. Should fresh product be shipped, (e.g. air shipment) the term "chilled" would be used.
  5. All FSIS certificates must include the species under product description.


Other Requirements

  1. Products may be subjected to laboratory examination, as the Hong Kong officials reserve the right to sample for microbiological examination and refuse entry to unsatisfactory product.
  2. Ship Stores: All meat and poultry products exported to ship stores must comply with the export requirements for Hong Kong.
  3. Hermetically sealed (canned) chicken broth - Hong Kong does not require health certification (FSIS Form 9060-5) for this product. Caution: Exporters should be aware that the product will not be able to move into any other country that requires export certification if the documents are not issued prior to leaving the U.S.


Plants Eligible to Export

All Federally inspected establishments are eligible for export of poultry products to Hong Kong.
 

Last Modified Jul 06, 2015