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Export Requirements for Qatar

QA-33 (Aug 17, 2018)

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Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible
    1. Fresh/frozen red meat and meat products, except pork.
    2. Fresh/Chilled and frozen poultry and poultry products except as listed under ineligible below.
    3. Poultry products theated to a core temperature of 70⁰C for at least 3.6 seconds or 74⁰C for at least 1 (one second).
    4. Pork and pork products: Only through the Qatari based “Qatar Distribution Company”, which is the only company authorized by the Qatari Government to import pork and pork products into Qatar.
    5. Pork and pork products may be allowed entry into Qatar for U.S. military use.*
    Note: U.S. poultry exporters must confirm with Qatari importers that products will be permitted entry by obtaining a valid import permit and any other required documentation from the competent government health authorities prior to export. Exporters with valid import permits shipping from any avian influenza affected zones do so at their own risk. USDA certification does not guarantee entry of the product into Qatar.
  2. Ineligible
    1. Pork and pork products
    2. Fresh/Chilled/Frozen poultry and poultry products produced:
      1. on or after April 23, 2015 and prior to November 29, 2015
      2. in Lincoln County, TN on or after March 4, 2017 and before August 11, 2017.
      3. in Jasper County, MO on or after March 3, 2018 and before July 30, 2018.
      4. in Hopkins County, TX on or after March 7, 2018 and before June 21, 2018.
      5. in Webster County, MO on or after March 15, 2018 

Labeling Requirements

  1. Fresh/frozen meat and poultry. In addition to the labeling features mandatory in the United States, packaged meat and poultry must bear the following features:
    1. Production (slaughter/freezing) and expiration dates. Date format requirements for Qatar must conform to the following: Day/Month/Year for products with a shelf life of three (3) months or less. For products with a shelf life of more than three (3) months, both the Day/Month/Year and Month/Year formats are acceptable. Dating should be in numeric format and bilingual (English/Arabic).
    2. Arabic stickers are allowed.
    3. A statement that the product has been slaughtered according to Islamic principles is required.
    4. Metric Net Weight - Presently, Qatar has a tolerance of 10 percent variation in the labeled net weight.
    5. Country of origin must be mentioned on the label.

Certification Requirements

  1. All shipments of meat and meat products must be accompanied by FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
  2. All shipments of poultry and poultry products must be accompanied by FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness, and contain the following certification statement in the Remarks section:

    The poultry from which the products were derived originate from a county that is free of notifiable avian influenza as defined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

  3. All FSIS Form 9060-5 certificates must be dated and have the signature and title of an FSIS veterinarian.

Handling/Storage Requirements

  1. Special Handling - Qatar requires that instructions for consumers concerning storage, preparation and other special handling requirements accompany shipments.
  2. Packaging - Vacuum packaging is not required.

Note to Exporter

  1. Qatar Laboratory Sampling. Random samples are routinely collected from meat and poultry products entering Qatar. Product is examined for:
    1. Pesticides.
    2. Salmonellae and other pathogenic bacteria.
    3. Total bacteria counts.
    4. Heavy metals.
    5. Species identification tests for pork tissue, including lard, in formulated product.
  2. Recommended shelf life for frozen beef and poultry products is twelve (12) months; for minced meats it is nine (9) months; for fresh beef it is 21 days; and for fresh mutton it is 14 days.

Plants Eligible to Export

All Federally inspected establishments are eligible for export to Qatar.

Information Regarding Halal Certification

The following is presented as information for the exporter. FSIS is not responsible for certifying that products intended for export to Muslim countries meet appropriate requirements for religious slaughter. Procedures for export certification do not include agency oversight of the Halal process or review of the authenticity of the Halal certificate.

Islamic Slaughter Certification

A certificate of Islamic (Halal) Slaughter is required. Exporters may obtain a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter from a member of an Islamic Center or Islamic organization listed below. A certificate of Islamic Slaughter is a certificate issued by a member of a Muslim organization recognized by the importing country to provide this service; the certificate states that animals were slaughtered according to Moslem religious requirements. This certificate must accompany products labeled "'Halal". The certificate must be endorsed by the Qatar Consulate in the exporting country and must accompany all shipments. In the absence of a Qatari Embassy/Consulate, endorsement by any of the GCC or Arab Embassy/Consulates will be accepted.

Halal certification will be required for the following products:

  1. Fresh/frozen unprocessed products bearing Halal label claims must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate or a written assurance from the exporter that an appropriate Halal certificate will be supplied to accompany that shipment before it reaches its destination.
  2. Processed products with Halal label claims, raw materials used in processed products with Halal label claims must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate.

Approved Islamic Halal Certifiers in the U.S.

Effective October 28, 2014, the following U.S.-based Islamic organizations have been approved as Halal certifiers for exports of meat and foods containing meat and poultry products from the United States to Qatar. Products certified by other Halal centers prior to October 28, 2014, will be allowed entry into Qatar.  

  1. Halal Transactions of Omaha
    P.O. Box 4546
    Omaha, NE 68104 USA
    Tel: (402) 572-6120
    Cell: (402) 659-8191
    Fax: (402) 572-4020
    E-mail: hto@halaltransactions.org, info@halaltransactions.org
    Website: www.halaltransactions.org  
    Rep: Dr. Ahmed Alabsy, President
  2. International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
    500 Grove Street
    Herndon, VA 20170 USA
    Tel: (703) 471-1133
    Fax: (703) 471-3922
    E-mail: barzenji@iiit.org; iiit@iiit.org
    Contact: Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Vice President
    Website: http://www.iiit.org
  3. Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA)
    777 Busse Highway
    Park Ridge, IL  60068
    Tel:  847-993-0034
    Fax: 847-993-0038
    E-mail: m.chaudry@ifanca.org
    Contact: Dr. Muhammad Chaudry
  4. Islamic Society of Washington Authority (ISWA)
    1712 Eye St., N.W., Suite 602
    Washington, DC  20006
    Tel:  202-457-1910
    Fax:  301-384-2975
    E-mail:  icfhc@hotmail.com
    Contact:  Haji Habib Ghanim, Sr.
  5. Islamic Services of America (ISA)
    P.O. Box 521
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52406-0521
    Contact:  Timothy Abu Mounir Hyatt, Managing Director
    Tel:  (319) 362-0480
    Fax:  (319) 366-4369
    Email:  thyatt@isahalal.org
    Email:  islamicservices@isahalal.org
    Website:  www.isahalal.org
  6. Halalco
    1360 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 930
    Atlanta, GA  30309
    Tel:  404-941-7017
    Fax:  404-480-4100
    Email:  documentation@halalco.us
    Contact:  Ramin Mohagheghi


Last Modified Aug 17, 2018