Costa Rica now accepts FSIS Form 9060-5 instead of the Certificate of Free Sale for registration of processed meat products.
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Changes to registration requirements for processed meat
FAIRS Subject Report
Livestock and Products
Kelly Stange, Agricultural Attaché
Victor Gonzalez, Agricultural Specialist
Costa Rica now accepts FSIS Form 9060-5 instead of the Certificate of Free Sale for registration of
processed meat products, which reduces one step in the product registration process.
Costa Rica reduces paperwork requirements for processed meat imports
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health approved the use of FSIS form 9060-5, “Export Certificate of Wholesomeness”, as
equivalent to the Certificate of Free Sale for the registration of processed meat products. By law, the “Export
Certificate of Wholesomeness” accompanies every exported shipment of processed meat. However, Costa Rica
requires a “Certificate of Free Sale” for the registration of food products with the Ministry of Health. U.S.
exporters of processed meat products sometimes experience difficulties obtaining a Free Sale Certificate for
their products. With this procedural change, exporters of processed meats products will be able to use FSIS
form 9060-5 issued for their products instead of the Free Sale Certificate. The name of the product to be
registered must be clearly identified in the 9060-5 form. All other registration requirements remain the same.
The registration process, which has to be done prior to exporting food products to Costa Rica, is considered by
importers as slow and generally cumbersome and involves several documents that the exporter has to provide
to the importer. A detailed explanation of the process is included in Costa Rica’s Food and Agricultural Import
Regulations and Standards Report (FAIRS).