The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that starting March 6 export certificates for meat and poultry products (excluding casings and egg products) exported to the following 45 additional countries and territories will be generated in FSIS’ Public Health Information System: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahrain, Bonaire, Colombia, Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville), Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Namibia, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saba, Seychelles, Senegal, Sint Maarten, Solomon Islands, St. Eustatius, St. Lucia, Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.
The PHIS export component enables exporters to electronically submit, track, and manage applications for export certificates, including bundling multiple applications and supplemental documents into a single file. Foreign governments have the capability to view all export certificates issued by FSIS for product intended for their country. FSIS is able to digitally sign export certificates and to electronically inventory and track export certificate information, which enables it to review exact images of export certification documents prior to approval. In the future, FSIS intends to support electronic export certification, which will allow it to transfer certification data directly to the certification system of the foreign government’s competent authority.
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