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FSIS Publishes Final Rule to Modernize and Streamline Export Regulations

Thursday, June 23, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a final rule amending the meat and poultry inspection regulations to provide for an electronic export application and certification system. Developed as part of the existing Public Health Information System (PHIS), this streamlined online component will provide FSIS inspection personnel and exporters with improved efficiency, controls and communications associated with the certification and exportation of meat, poultry and processed egg products. The PHIS export component will allow FSIS to more easily maintain a digital record of all export certificates and will provide automatic electronic recordkeeping of the number and types of exporters, types of products exported to various countries and the number of applications and certificates issued. The PHIS Export Component also will help resolve potential documentation problems electronically before the product arrives at the port and, as a result, products will likely move through ports faster than they do currently.

To support the costs associated with the new services, FSIS has developed a formula to determine a fee charged to exporters per application. This fee will be adjusted and published annually based on the formula detailed in the final rule. Exporters may continue to submit paper applications free of charge by email, fax or mail, but paper applications will be processed more slowly than electronic applications. The electronic export application and certification system will be available one year after publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.

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