Export Products Returned to the United States
U.S. meat, poultry and egg products returning to the U.S. must meet requirements defined by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as well as FSIS.
FSIS must approve the request to return U.S. exported meat, poultry, and egg products. The product may be subject to reinspection in an official FSIS establishment prior to release into commerce (9 CFR 327.17, 381.209, and 590.965).
U.S. Customs ad Border Protection Requirements
Applicants returning U.S. products in the U.S. must file the proper customs entry paperwork with the appropriate port director.
APHIS restricts some exported U.S. meat, poultry or egg products from entering the U.S. due to animal disease conditions in the country the product entered or transited. Prior to submitting the FSIS application for approval to return exported products, the applicant must verify that APHIS will permit entry. For information on animal health restrictions, contact the APHIS Veterinary Services, National Center for Import and Export.
Procedures for Returning Export Products to the United States
U.S. produced meat, poultry, and egg products that have been exported and are to return to the United States must be approved by OIA prior to arriving at the U.S. port of entry. Refer to the relevant export related FSIS Directives regarding U.S. exported and returned products for complete procedures.
The exporter/applicant must complete the FSIS Form 9010-1, "Application for the Return of Exported Products to the United States".
- FSIS Form 9010-1, "Application for the Return of Exported Products to the United States" (Fillable PDF).
The form should be completed and submitted by email to USReturnedExports@fsis.usda.gov or by FAX to (202) 720-6050, along with a copy of the export certificate (FSIS Form 9060-5 or 9135-3) and any additional supporting documentation related to the product prior to the shipment arriving in the U.S.
When the form and appropriate documentation are submitted to OIA, the information will be assessed to determine whether the shipment needs to be reinspected prior to release into commerce. OIA will consider the following questions when making the determination:
- What is the condition of the product and its immediate container?
- How long has the product been out of the country?
- Where has the product been since it was exported from the U.S.?
- Under what conditions has the product been held?
- What has been the chain of ownership of the product?
- Was the product ever abandoned?
- Is the product labeled in compliance with U.S. regulations?
- Was the product refused entry by a foreign government, and, if so, what were the circumstances behind the refusal? A copy of the foreign inspection report may be required.
- Is the product in its original container?
If the applicant provides the information above with their original submission, it may expedite OIA’s ability to make its determination.
If reinspection is required, OIA will inform the applicant, who will coordinate a plan for examination with the designated official FSIS establishment where the reinspection is to occur and the appropriate District Office (DO). Once the DO has concurred with the reinspection location, OIA will advise the applicant that the shipment can proceed to the designated establishment for reinspection. FSIS inspection personnel at the official establishment will reinspect the product, including taking any samples needed, to determine whether it is not adulterated or misbranded and that there is no product tampering. The DO will report results of the reinspection to OIA.
Note: The product will be retained if it has been adulterated or misbranded. Approval for release into commerce will be designated on the application (FSIS Form 9010-1), which will be transmitted to the applicant from OIA.
For more information on returning exported U.S. meat, poultry, or egg products, interested parties should contact FSIS at USReturnedExports@fsis.usda.gov.