Recertifying Product Due to Diversion of Importing Country
Recently, there have been additional cases where exporters diverted their product from the original country of destination to another country of destination. The country is generally, but not always, located in the surrounding area. This means that "replacement certificates" must be generated for the new country of destination and fewer documents may be required.
If an exporter requests new documents, FSIS inspectors must reevaluate the product to ensure that it meets the new country's export requirements prior to issuing the replacement certificates. If the product does not meet the country's requirements, the documents should not be issued.
If the documents are issued and the product arrives at the new port of entry, there may be instances where additional clarification or certification is required. Exports should clear any additional requests with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) prior to approaching inspection officials for additional documentation. OIA can often work with USDA embassy staff overseas to get the product cleared without any additional documentation. However, inspection officials should be advised on how to proceed by FSIS staff and should not take instructions from U.S. exporters. U.S. exporters should contact FSIS at (202) 720-3473 for further guidance.
Visit FSIS' Web site to learn more about export requirements.