All U.S. federally inspected establishments are eligible to export both boneless and bone-in beef to El Salvador.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY
USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT
GAIN Report Number: ES1206
Post: San Salvador
US beef gains full access to El Salvador market
Export Accomplishments - Other
Since 2008 USDA/FAS/San Salvador, working with USDA/FSIS and USDA/APHIS, has been engaged
in an intense negotiation with the Government of El Salvador to allow full access for U.S. bovine meat
and products to the local market. This coordinated effort has finally paid off and now all U.S. federally
inspected establishments are eligible to export both boneless and bone-in beef to El Salvador.
Requirements for U.S. beef and beef product exports to El Salvador have been updated in the FSIS
Export Library to reflect the full access gained after FAS/San Salvador, in coordination with FSIS and
APHIS, finalized four years of negotiations with El Salvador's Ministry of Agriculture (MAG).
Previously, El Salvador did not recognize the U.S. BSE controlled risk status granted by the World
Animal Health Organization (OIE), thus restricting access of bone-in beef, and beef and products of
animals over 30 months of age. In order to comply with the previous requirements, U.S. boneless beef
exports had to go through an Export Verification (EV) program managed by the Agricultural Marketing
Service (AMS), which increased the cost of the products making them less competitive in this market.
With the new requirements U.S. beef exporters now have unrestricted access for both boneless and
bone-in beef to the Salvadoran market. It is expected that this change in export requirements will result
in short term shipments of U.S. beef valued at $200,000 to casual food franchises that were waiting for
the opportunity to include many U.S. beef cuts in their menus.
For the longer term, the impact of the new requirements is estimated at $2.5 million of potential annual
sales to not only food franchises, but also to hotels, restaurants and the retail market.
Government Certificate Legal Entry Requirements:
A. Beef and beef products - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of
Wholesomeness. The following statements must be included in the "Remarks" section of FSIS
Form 9060-5 or on an FSIS Letterhead Certificate:
1. The beef and beef products were derived from animals that were born and raised in the
United States or were legally imported in accordance with U.S. import regulations.
2. The beef and beef products were not derived from the following specified risk materials:
the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the
vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and
the wings of the sacrum) and dorsal root ganglia of cattle 30 months of age and older,
and the tonsils and distal ileum of the small intestine of any cattle regardless of age.
3. The feeding of ruminants with ruminant origin meat-and-bone meal and greaves is
prohibited in the United States.
4. The cattle from which the beef and beef products were obtained were not subjected to a
stunning process with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity, or
to a pithing process.
5. The beef/beef products were produced and handled in a manner which ensures that such
products do not contain and are not contaminated with mechanically separated meat
from the skull and vertebral column of cattle.
B. Beef tallow for human consumption - Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export
Certificate of Wholesomeness. The following statement must be provided in the Remarks
"That the maximum content of insoluble impurities of the tallow does not exceed 0.15 percent of
C. Signature on certificates - All required forms and supplementary statements must be signed by a
veterinarian. Name and degree (DVM or equivalent) must be typed or printed after the signature.
D. For re-export of ruminant meat originating from Australia and New Zealand to El Salvador, the
shipment must be accompanied by a copy of the official export certificate of Australia or New
Zealand and an original FSIS 9060-5, Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness.
Exporters are responsible for obtaining a copy of the Australian or New Zealand certificate.
Plants Eligible to Export
All U.S. federally inspected establishments are eligible to export to El Salvador.