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Import Library: Eligible Countries and Products

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The Import Library identifies eligible products using the Process Category, Product Category and Eligible Products listed in the FSIS Product Categorization document, and utilized in the Public Health Information System (PHIS). In addition, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) applicable disease restrictions will be referenced on individual country pages.

  • Process Category: High-level category based on whether and how products are processed after slaughter.
  • Product Category: More specific category that links the product to the appropriate species and provides more information on the production process.
  • Eligible Products:  Listing of the most detailed grouping of eligible products – Product Groups – that are used by FSIS to program appropriate types of inspections in FSIS’ PHIS. Eligible products are from a country that the United States (U.S.) has already determined to have an equivalent meat, poultry, or egg product inspection systems.

Source materials used to produce finished products for export to the U.S. must come from an approved source. An approved source is meat or poultry carcasses or products or processed egg products from an eligible country and certified establishment.

APHIS Restricted Products:  Products that are restricted by APHIS are identified with a "±". To see the APHIS disease status and the applicable species, click on the APHIS web page link at the bottom of the country page.

Countries listed below are recognized as eligible to export to the U.S. Select a country below for a complete listing of eligible products.

Eligible Countries Type of Product
Argentina Meat
Australia Meat, Poultry (Ratites Only)
Austria Meat
Brazil Meat
Canada Meat, Poultry, Egg Products
Chile Meat, Poultry
Costa Rica Meat
Croatia Meat
Denmark Meat
England Meat
Finland Meat
France Meat
Germany Meat
Honduras Meat
Hungary Meat
Iceland Meat
Ireland Meat
Israel Poultry
Italy Meat
Japan Meat
Lithuania Meat
Mexico Meat, Poultry
Namibia Meat
Netherlands Meat, Egg Products
New Zealand Meat
Nicaragua Meat
Northern Ireland Meat
Peoples Republic of China Poultry
Poland* Meat
Republic of Korea Poultry
San Marino Meat
Spain Meat
Uruguay  Meat

 

Inactive Countries

The following countries, although they have been determined to have an equivalent food safety inspection system, have stopped exporting to the U.S. for an extended period of time. In order to resume exporting, a reinstatement of equivalence determination must be requested when it has been three of more years since the country has exported an equivalent species in a raw inspection system (i.e., Raw-Intact and Raw-Non Intact processing categories); and when a country want to resume exporting a processing category in a processed products inspection system (i.e., Thermally Processed-Commercially Sterile, Not Heat Treated-Shelf Stable, Heat Treated-Shelf Stable, Fully Cooked-Not Shelf Stable, Heat Treated-Not Fully Cooked-Not Shelf Stable, Products with Secondary Inhibitors-Not Shelf Stable, or Egg Products processing categories).

FSIS will need to reassess the food safety inspection system before the country can export products to the U.S. again. The following is a list of inactive countries: 

Inactive Countries Type of Product
Belgium Meat
Belize Meat
Czech Republic Meat
Dominican Republic Meat
El Salvador Meat
France Poultry
Great Britain Poultry
Guatemala Meat
Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China Poultry
New Zealand Poultry (Ratites Only)
Norway Meat
Paraguay Meat
Republic of China (Taiwan) Meat
Republic of Slovenia Meat
Romania Meat
Scotland Meat
Slovakia Meat
Sweden Meat
Switzerland Meat
Venezuela Meat
Wales Meat

 

Eligible establishments may be viewed on the Eligible Foreign Establishments web page.

Point-of-Contact Information

All communications concerning a country’s eligibility to export meat, poultry, or egg products should be directed to the Office of International Coordination (OIC). Please address correspondence to:

United States Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Office of International Coordination
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 3143, South Building
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 708-9543 
Fax: (202) 690-3856
E-mail: InternationalCoordination@fsis.usda.gov

 

Last Modified Oct 18, 2018