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USDA Reviewing Electronic Import Inspection Information Collections

Monday, June 05, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is accepting comments through July 31 on the proposed extension without change of information collections regarding electronic import inspection.

FSIS requires foreign governments to submit information in addition to the foreign establishment and inspection certificates for foreign establishments to be permitted to export product to the U.S. The additional information required with the foreign establishment certificate includes the type of operations conducted at the establishment (e.g., slaughter, processing, storage, exporting warehouse) and the establishment’s eligibility status (e.g., new or relisted (if previously delisted)). Additionally, slaughter and processing establishment certifications must address the species and type of products produced at the establishment and the process category. The additional information required with the foreign inspection certificate includes the species used to produce the product; the source country and foreign establishment number, if the source materials originate from a country other than the exporting country; the product’s description, including the process category, the product category, and the product group; the addresses of the consignor and consignee; the names and addresses of the importer and exporter; and any  additional information FSIS requests to determine whether the product is eligible to be imported into the U.S.

Applicants that do not file this information electronically can continue to submit paper applications to FSIS inspection personnel at an official import inspection establishment. The import inspection application (form 9540–1) must be provided to FSIS in advance of the presentation of the shipment at the inspection establishment. FSIS also requires inspection establishments to develop, implement, and maintain written sanitation standard operating procedures.

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