Regulations and Requirements

In addition to helping U.S. exporters navigate an array of regulations governing trade in food and agricultural products, FAS works to ensure that those regulations are predictable, transparent, and science-based.

FAS maintains an online system to to inform the U.S. agricultural industry regarding changes in international food and agriculture regulations that could affect U.S. exports.

FAS also provides access to a database that lists maximum acceptable levels of pesticides and veterinary drugs in food and agricultural products in the United States, as well as 70 other countries, the European Union and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Additional information about regulations and requirements governing agricultural exports and imports is available from other agencies. 

Data & Analysis

May 26, 2016
On April 27, 2016, China’s cabinet, the State Council published its Key Tasks regarding Food Safety Work in 2016.
May 25, 2016
AQSIQ released for public comment the Draft Administrative Measures for Importers’ Review and Inspection on Overseas Establishments that Export Food Products to China.
May 25, 2016
China pledges to expedite the construction of traceability systems for key commodities, including edible agricultural products, food products, drugs, and rare earth.
May 25, 2016
This report only focuses on Spanish specific certification requirements when they differ or are additional to EU-harmonized certification.