The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that on Aug. 30 it implemented all export certificates in its Public Health Information System for the following countries, regions, and territories: Benin, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Macau, Myanmar, Panama, Qatar, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, and United Arab Emirates.

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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