Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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Posted on: 10 Mar 2010

This report lists the certificates required by the Hong Kong government (HKG) for U.S. exports to Hong Kong. Certificate samples for various product categories are included in the appendix.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 9/24/2009 GAIN Report Number: HK2021 Hong Kong Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Certification FAIRS Export Certificate Report Approved By: Philip Shull Prepared By: Caroline Yuen Report Highlights: This report lists the certificates required by the Hong Kong government (HKG) for U.S. exports to Hong Kong. Certificate samples for various product categories are included in the appendix. There have not been any changes in Hong Kong?s certificate requirements since 2008. Updated Section in 2009 Report: attestations required on health certificates for milk and frozen confections have been included in the matrix under Section 1. Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) : This report was prepared by the Foreign Agricultural Service in Hong Kong for U.S. exporters of domestic food and agricultural products. While every possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear and consistent information about these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of certificate requirements with their foreign customers, who are normally best equipped to research such matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped. FINAL IMPORT APPROVAL OF ANY PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO THE IMPORTING COUNTRY?S RULES AND REGULATIONS. (For a general guideline on agricultural and food import regulations, please refer to Gain Report # HK9018.) Note : APHIS - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service FSIS - Food Safety and Inspection Service FEHD - Food and Environmental Hygiene Department CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora AFCD - Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department AMS - Agricultural Marketing Service Products U.S. Issuing Authority Attestation Purpose Requesting Required on Ministry Certificate Poultry FSIS form 9060-5 (A1) Production Dates Health certificate FEHD Letterhead certificate (A2) Pork FSIS form 9060-5 Health certificate FEHD (A1) Beef FSIS form 9297-1 Slaughter Dates Health certificate FEHD (A3) Letterhead certificate Processing Dates (A4) Products U.S. Issuing Authority Attestation Purpose Requesting Required on Ministry Certificate Meat of Ostrich, FSIS form 9060 ? 5 (A5) The meat originates Health FEHD Emu, and from birds born and certificate Rhea raised in the U.S. Scientific name is provided U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ? Declaration for To provide FEHD & Importation or scientific name AFCD Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (A6) If the game meat is from an endangered specie and To observe the AFCD listed under CITES, a Protection of CITES export permit is Endangered required. (A7) Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance which gives effect to CITES Alligator meat Not covered by FSIS, therefore, either one of the following certificates should be provided: 1 Export Health Health Certificate FEHD Certificate issued by the U. S. Department of C ommerce (A8), or 2 Certificate of Vete rinary Inspection Health Certificate FEHD issued by individual State (A9) U.S. Fish Scientific name is To provide FEHD & and Wildlife Serv provided scientific name AFCD ice ? Declaration for Importation or Expor tation of Fish or Wildlife (A6) To observe the If Protection of the game meat is from an Endangered endangered specie and listed Species of under CITES, a CITES expor Animals and t permit is requ Plants Ordinance ired. (A7) which gives effect to CITES. Products U.S. Issuing Authority Attestation Purpose Requesting Required on Ministry Certificate Fish & Seafood Products Either one of the Health certificate FEHD (not mandatory but strongly following certificates to recommended by the HKG) be provided: 1 Export Health Certificate issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce (A8), or 2 Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued by individual State (A9) & (A10) Milk and Milk Beverage Health Certificate issued The products have Health certificate FEHD by the individual State been handled, where the food product is processed and produced. HKG accepts packed under certificate of free hygienic conditions sale (A11, A13.1&A13.2) and heat treated in and AMS certificate accordance with the (A14) appropriate heat treatment regulation Certificate of Analysis of the country of showing microbiological origin. examination and chemical composition analysis. Microbiological: total bacterial count and coliform organisms count for pasteurized products while colony count for UHT/Sterizlized products. Composition : percentage of milk fat and milk solids other than milk fat. The Certificate of Analysis has to include the certificate number of the Certificate of Free Sale or AMS certificate for cross reference. The Certificate of Analysis has to be officially endorsed by Notary Public. (A12) Products U.S. Issuing Authority Attestation Purpose Requesting Required on Ministry Certificate Frozen confections Health Certificate The frozen Health Certificate FEHD issued by the individual confection was State where the food handled, processed product is and packed under produced. HKG hygienic conditions accepts certificate of and has been heat free sale (A11, treated in A13.1&13.2) and AMS accordance with the (for dairy products). frozen confection heat treatment Certificate of Analysis regulations of showing country of origin. microbiological examination and The frozen chemical composition confection contains analysis. not more than Microbiological: 50,000 bacteria per total bacterial count gram and not more and coliform organisms than 100 coliform count organisms per gram. Composition : percentage of fat, sugar The frozen and milk solids other confection contains than milk fat (applies to not less than 5% those frozen fat, 10% sugar and confections described 7.5% milk solids as ice cream only) other than milk fat. (This condition The Certificate of applies to those Analysis has to include frozen confections the certificate number described as ice of the Certificate of cream only). Free Sale for cross reference. The Certificate of Analysis has to be officially endorsed by Notary Public. Plants APHIS Phytosanitary AFCD PPQ Form (A15) Certificate (For CITES listed Plants, e.g. CITES certificate To observe the ginseng) issued by US Fish and Protection of Wildlife Service Endangered Required (A16) & Species of (A17) Animals and Plants Ordinance which gives effect to CITES Products U.S. Issuing Authority Attestation Purpose Requesting Required on Ministry Certificate Because of BSE and Avian APHIS certificates See circulars by Sanitary AFCD Influenza cases, the HKG Hong Kong certificates recommends HK importers government to provide sanitary circulars (A18 ? certificates for the following 22) products: -preserved/stuffed animal specimen -biological products of animal origin -hides and skins of cattle origin -feathers -pet food/animal feed Table Eggs AMS Date of production; Health certificates FEHD (The HKG is in the process name and address of making this certification of processing plant; requirement products fit for mandatory. Presently, it is human voluntary for Hong Kong consumption; importers to provide this Disease free certificate for U.S. egg certification products to Hong Kong.) statements as stated in appendix A23.3. (A23.1 ? A23.3) Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s) Please refer to the Matrix under Section I. Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s) Please refer to the Matrix under Section I. Section IV. Government Certificate?s Legal Entry Requirements For meats, milk, frozen confections, and plant imports to Hong Kong, the relevant Hong Kong laws require that each shipment has to be accompanied by valid health/phytosanitary certificates issued by government authorities. Suppliers or Manufacturers Export Declaration are not regarded as valid certificates. Poultry, Red Meats and Game Meats A certificate from FSIS is compulsory. Species should be given as part of product description on FSIS certificates. If the specie is not covered by FSIS inspection, a certificate issued by APHIS or the state government may be acceptable. If the shipment is of a game meat product, the certificate has to show the scientific name and the origin. If the game meat comes from a CITES listed specie, the shipment requires to be accompanied by a CITES export permit. For beef products, Hong Kong currently allows entry of U.S. boneless beef derived from cattle under 30 months of age. An import protocol for U.S. bison meat to Hong Kong has yet to be established. Marine Products While no specific Hong Kong laws state health certificates for marine products are compulsory, FEHD strongly encourages importers to obtain certificates issued by U.S. authorities to accompany their imports certifying that the marine products concerned are fit for human consumption. Valid certificates will expedite customs clearance. Milk and Frozen Confections Hong Kong laws require the importation of milk and frozen confections to obtain prior approval. In addition, each consignment has to be accompanied by a valid certificate. For products from the U.S., Hong Kong government accepts certificates issued by the State government. Plants Hong Kong government requires plant shipments from the U.S. to be accompanied by Phtosanitary certificates issued by APHIS. If the specie is listed on CITES, a CITES export permit is required as well. Eggs The U.S. and HKG have reached an agreement with regard to the future certificate requirement for U.S. egg exports to Hong Kong. Presently, it is not yet mandatory for U.S. egg exports to Hong Kong to be accompanied by a health certificate. However, the HKG is encouraging the trade to provide health certificates. The HKG is in the legislative process of requiring health certificates for all egg imports mandatory and plans to introduce the bill to the Legislative Council in 2010. Included in the appendix is a certificate sample agreed by the U.S. and Hong Kong governments. Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements Hong Kong?s importation of meats, milk, frozen confections and plants are subject to licensing control. Importers are required to apply for an import license for every shipment except for milk and frozen confections. Import licenses for milk and frozen confections are valid for a period of time and there is no limit of import volume within the specified time provided in the license. Import licenses for milk and frozen confections are renewed usually on a yearly basis but are valid only for six months for the first four renewals. The importation of milk and frozen confections to Hong Kong must have prior approval from FEHD. Importers have to provide the full name and address of their frozen confection processing plants, the law of the country of origin governing the production of frozen confections/milk; mock packaging with labels; information of heat treatment method, etc. Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate A1. FSIS 9060-5 A2. FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Poultry A3. FSIS 9297-1 for Beef Exports to Hong Kong A4. FSIS Letterhead Certificate for Beef A5. FSIS 9060-5 for Ostrich A6. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ? Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife A7. CITES Export Permit A8. Department of Commerce's Export Health Certificate for Seafood Products A9. Health Certificate issued by Individual State for Seafood Products A10. Health Certificate issued by Individual State for Seafood Products A11.1 Certificate of Free Sale (for dairy and frozen confections) A12. Certificate of Analysis (for dairy and frozen confections) A13.1 Health Certificate for Ice Cream Products A13.2 Health Certificate Sample for Ice Cream Products A14. AMS certificate for Dairy Products A15. Phytosanitary Certificate issued by APHIS A16. CITES Export Permit - Sample for Ginseng Shipment A17. Export Report by APHIS A18. Preserved/Stuffed Animal Specimen A19. Biological Products of Animal Origin A20. Hides and Skins of Cattle Origin to Hong Kong A21. Feathers Appendix 22 : Pet Food A23.1 Certificate Sample for Eggs A23.2 Certificate Sample for Eggs A23.3 Certificate Sample for Eggs
Posted: 10 March 2010