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Export Requirements for South Africa

SF-133 (Dec 7, 2018)

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Eligible/Ineligible Products

  1. Eligible
    1. Fresh/chilled and frozen poultry meat derived from poultry hatched and raised in the United States and slaughtered on or after November 18, 2015, except products listed under Ineligible below.
    2. Fresh/chilled and frozen turkey meat derived from Canadian origin turkeys IMPORTED on or after January 19, 2018 which meet the requirements as described in the Letterhead Certificate for Export of Poultry Products to South Africa.
    3. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has set up a voluntary Poultry Export Verification (EV) Program for South Africa to verify that poultry meat and poultry meat products were sourced from birds, other than commercially raised chickens, ducks and geese, which were hatched and raised in the United States. Exporting establishments that slaughter and process birds other than those listed in the exemptions below must participate in the Poultry EV Program in order to export poultry meat and poultry meat products to South Africa.
      1. Exemptions from the Poultry EV Program:
        1. Establishments producing commercially raised chickens, ducks, and geese: Certification that commercially raised chickens, ducks, and geese are hatched and raised in the United States can be made based upon assurances provided by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS).
        2. Establishments producing commercially raised turkeys meeting the requirements of #2 above.  For turkey producers not previously enrolled in the EV Program who intend to export turkey to South Africa, participation in the EV Program is not required, but is strongly recommended in the event of a future HPAI outbreak in Canada.  For this same reason, companies that are already enrolled and participating in the EV Program are encouraged to remain in the program.
      2. Information about the Poultry EV Program and a list of Poultry EV approved establishments and their approval dates can be found at the AMS website. Each establishment that participates in the Poultry EV Program for South Africa is required to maintain a unique product identification system, which can be accessed by authorized FSIS inspection personnel from the FSIS' Intranet site.
    4. Raw frozen pork meat.
    5. Beef and beef products derived from cattle slaughtered after June 24, 2015.
    6. Poultry offal products, if certified fit for human consumption: giblet packs (gizzard, heart, and liver) and necks; and chicken feet (must be cleaned, scaled, and bear the mark of inspection)
  2. Ineligible
    1. Fresh/chilled and frozen poultry meat derived from birds slaughtered prior to November 18, 2015.
    2. Indiana: Fresh/chilled and frozen Poultry and poultry products derived from birds originating from the State of Indiana slaughtered on or after January 15, 2016 but prior to April 22, 2016 are ineligible. Poultry and poultry products derived from birds originating from the State of Indiana slaughtered on or after April 22, 2016 are eligible.
    3. Tennessee: Fresh/Chilled and frozen Poultry and poultry products derived from birds originating from the State of Tennessee packed in final packaging on or after February 9, 2017 and before August 11, 2017 are ineligible. Final packaging means products closed and labelled with facility identification, slaughter date, and final packing date.
    4. California: Fresh/chilled and frozen poultry and poultry products derived from birds originating from the 10km radius ineligible zones on the attached map in Los Angeles County slaughtered on or after July 18, 2018, August 1, 2018, or September 25, 2018 in San Bernardino County slaughtered on or after May 24, 2018, May 26, 2018, June 20, 2018, or August 8, 2018 and in Riverside County slaughtered on or after June 30, 2018, or November 20, 2018   (reference map for relevant zone and applicable date) are ineligible.*
    5. Poultry trimmings, minced poultry, mechanically recovered poultry meat and other anatomically unrecognizable cuts.
    6. Heat treated meat and heat treated poultry products.
    7. Pork offal.
    8. Beef derived from cattle slaughtered on or prior to June 24, 2015.
    9. Meat originating from a third country.
    10. Meat and poultry treated with ionizing irradiation is prohibited from entering South Africa.
    11. Hog casings from animals slaughtered in the United States and Canada.


Documentation Requirements

Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5

Export Certification documents FSIS form 9060-5 and accompanying letterhead certificates require the signature of an FSIS official veterinarian.

Note: The Exporter/Shipper section at the bottom of the FSIS Letterhead Certificates for poultry meat, pork and beef indicated below must be completed regardless of the method of shipment.

  1. Poultry meat and Fresh/chilled and frozen turkey meat derived from Canadian origin turkeys.
    1.  Obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for the Export of Poultry Meat (excluding trimmings, mince, mechanically recovered poultry meat and other anatomically unrecognizable cuts) to South Africa.
    2. FSIS Safe Handling Instructions for poultry as laid out in 9 CFR 381.125(b) must be followed and applied to product exported to South Africa. Use of FSIS Safe Handling stickers is accepted by South Africa.
    3. The following statement must be included and the pack date(s) added to the ‘Remarks’ section of FSIS Form 9060-5: “The range of “Pack Dates”, which refers to the production or slaughter dates, included in this consignment is: (List product pack/slaughter dates).
  2. Pork
    1. For all pork cuts exported from the United States of America for Processing at Approved Facilities, obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Raw Frozen Pork Meat (Including Trimmings and Mechanically Recovered Meat, Excluding Offal).
    2. For pork cuts on the indicated list of pork products exempt from further processing on arrival in South Africa, obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Raw Frozen Pork Meat (Specified Cuts, Excluding Offal) Exported from the United States of America to South Africa for Unrestricted Sale. Prior to issuance of this certificate, FSIS Inspection Program Personnel must be provided with documentation verifying that lymph nodes have been removed from the product. This documentation can be provided in the form of plant Quality Assurance/Quality Control checks, manufacturer certification or company attestation, or other acceptable written documentation.
      Note to Exporter: For pork shoulder cuts listed in Annex A in the list of pork products exempt from further processing (above), the shipper/exporter should ensure that lymph nodes and excessive connective tissues are removed during the fabrication process. The removal of lymph nodes and excessive connective tissues should have minimal impact on the appearance of the cuts.
  3. Beef. Obtain FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Importation of Beef and Beef Products from the United States to South Africa.
  4. Special Permit/License
    1. Each consignment must be accompanied by an import permit issued by the Director, Veterinary Services, Republic of South Africa. The importer is responsible for obtaining the import permit.
    2. Samples - A special permit may be issued by RSA veterinary authorities for samples. Importers must arrange in advance for a veterinary permit which may differ from permits issued for commercial purposes but exporters are advised to make sure requirements are followed. A veterinary certificate may still be required. Contact in RSA is Dr. M. Bronkhorst 012 319 7444, e-mail mariettad@nda.agric.za.


Inedible Product for Animal Food

Export certification of inedible products, other than technical animal fat (9 CFR 351) and certified pet food (9 CFR 355), is no longer provided by FSIS. Exporters should contact APHIS field offices to obtain information about certification of inedible products. A list of APHIS offices is available at APHIS' Web site.

Other Requirements

  1. Packaging
    1. Bone-in frozen red meat carcasses or quarters should be wrapped in such a way that the meat is totally covered. All other meat should be packed in cartons.
    2. The packaging material used must be hygienic, must not alter the organoleptic characteristics of the meat, and must be strong enough to protect the meat during handling, transportation, and storage.
    3. Only meat derived from the same animal species can be packed in an individual carton. Cartons must be safely secured in a manner such that the product does not become loose or fall off the pallet.
    4. Packaging material can be reused provided it is made of non-toxic, corrosion-resistant materials that can be cleaned and sterilized.
    5. Waxed cartons are acceptable.
  2. Shipping: The Department of Agriculture of the RSA prohibits the importation of meat in breakbulk format; only cartoned meat in sealed, self-cooling containers will be accepted into the Republic of South Africa.


Plants Eligible to Export

  1. Any federally inspected U.S. meat and poultry establishments interested in exporting to South Africa must submit FSIS Form 9080-3 through PHIS. IPP will not accept paper forms for review on or after June 29, 2018. Establishments that are not using PHIS must submit a fully completed (not including FSIS signatures) 9080-3 Form to the FSIS Proxy for entry into PHIS. Information on sending completed 9080-3 Forms to the FSIS Proxy is available on the FSIS Export Library – Requirements by Country page or by clicking here.
  2. Red meat and poultry slaughter and cut-up plants which desire to apply for approval to export to the Republic of South Africa (RSA) must comply with the RSA requirements. These plants are recommended by FSIS for approval by the Director, Veterinary Services, RSA to export meat and poultry products to RSA.
  3. Approval for export to South Africa:
    1. After reviewing the FSIS Form 9080-3 in PHIS, FSIS will certify these establishments to South African Officials. Product should not be shipped until confirmation of certification is received from South Africa through FSIS. Upon FSIS receipt of notification from the South African officials of their approval, these establishments will be added to the current FSIS Eligible Plants List for the Republic of South Africa. This list is available through the Export Library.
    2. All approved plants will be subject to review by a representative of the RSA, at their discretion.
  4. Issuance of an updated Grant of Inspection does not automatically change the establishment information on the South Africa approved plant list. When an updated Grant is issued that indicates an administrative change (name, dba, address, type of operation, or species changes), the establishment must submit a 9080-3 through PHIS. IPP will not accept paper forms for review on or after June 29, 2018. Establishments that are not using PHIS must submit a fully completed (not including FSIS signatures) 9080-3 Form to the FSIS Proxy for entry into PHIS.  NOTE: When completing FSIS Form 9080-3 in PHIS, the information submitted on the form is what will be sent to South Africa.  For example, if the establishment is currently eligible to ship poultry, and now wishes to export both pork and poultry, they should check both poultry and pork. If only pork is checked, the update will remove eligibility for chicken.
  5. The RSA list for approved meat and poultry slaughter and cut-up establishments is updated periodically and is available through the Export Requirements Library.
  6. The RSA does not require approval of processing plants or cold storage facilities. However, raw materials for processing and cold storage must originate from meat and poultry slaughter establishments that are approved to export to South Africa.

 

 

 

Last Modified Dec 07, 2018