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

July 1, 2015
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub brought together regulators and standards organizations from across Southern Africa and the United States to discuss good regulatory practices.
July 1, 2015
On June 22, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published on its website draft regulations related to food recall procedures for all food products.
July 1, 2015
FSSAI amended the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011 to set metal contaminants limit for a wider category of food products.
June 30, 2015
The exporter guide provides practical tips to U.S. exporters on how to conduct business in the Netherlands.