The implementation date for adding a second group of locations to the Department of Agriculture’s Public Health Information System export component has been postponed from March 4 to May 20 to give exporters and destinations more time to prepare.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service states that as of May 20 it will begin issuing export certificates of wholesomeness for meat and poultry (FSIS Form 9060-5) and Siluriformes fish (FSIS Form 9060-5S) for the following locations through the PHIS export component on FSIS-controlled security paper: Angola, Antarctica, Aruba, Bhutan, Botswana, Bouvett Island, Brunei Darussalam, Christmas Island, Comoros, Eritrea, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Islands, Greenland, Guernsey, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Isle of Man, Jersey, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, and Vietnam. U.S. exporters that ship meat or poultry products to these locations should follow published FSIS guidance for submitting applications for export certification in the PHIS export component.

In the meantime, FSIS will be testing the PHIS export component for shipments to these locations from March 4 to April 4. Industry members interested in participating in this test should notify FSIS.

The PHIS export component was first implemented in June 2018 with 16 locations that do not maintain export library requirements: Afghanistan, Andorra, Bahamas, Bolivia, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cook Islands, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, San Marino, Tanzania, and Uganda. Other locations are being added incrementally.

One country with export library requirements, Vietnam, is being included in the second group. As a result, Vietnam will receive country-specific letterhead certificates listed in the export library with ink signatures, as is done currently, and 9060-5 certificates generated by PHIS with ink signatures. Other locations included in the second group that do not maintain export library requirements will receive the 9060-5 with a digital signature.

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