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New Zealand has strict biosecurity rules for plant and animal products but also imports large volumes of food and beverage products. This report outlines regulatory requirements for food and agricultural products exported to New Zealand. Key recent changes include regulations relating to organic foods, as well as the introduction of country-of-origin labeling for some products.
This report lists the major export certificates and other documentation required by the Government of New Zealand for U.S. exporters and food and agricultural products. New Zealand’s import requirements for food and agricultural products are complex and change frequently.
On July 8, the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) issued “Announcement No. 58 of 2022,” repealing “Announcement No. 103 of 2020,” which established emergency COVID-19 control measures on imported cold-chain foods. On July 11, GACC issued an “Interpretation” of Announcement No. 58, providing additional guidance.
On July 13, 2022, the Government of Vietnam (GVN) issued Decree 46/2022 amending Decree 13/2020 Guiding the Law on Animal Husbandry, which repeals Article 18.3.c of Decree 13/2020. With this amendment, the GVN no longer requires a Certificate Free Sale (CFS) for imported feed ingredients, including traditional feeds such as corn, soybean meal, DDGS, and single feed ingredients like vitamins, amino acids, and minerals, as part of the registration process for import inspection.
On July 22, 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published a revised “Guideline for Safety Assessment of Genetically Modified Plants” for public comments. The Guideline provides technical guidance on the safety assessment requirements for genetically engineered (GE) plants for production application (cultivation) and import for processing materials. The deadline for comment submissions is July 29, 2022.
All foods sold in Australia must comply with a range of laws designed to protect consumer, plant, and animal health. These laws apply equally to imported and locally produced foods. All imported food must comply with quarantine and imported food requirements, and then with food safety requirements.
This report contains a table comparing the various validity periods and key conditions applicable to SPS Import Clearances (SPSIC) relevant to plant, animal, and fishery products under the oversight of the Philippines Department of Agriculture.
This report includes updates in Section II Labeling Requirements: 2.10 GM Food Labeling; Section III Packaging and Container Regulations; Section VII Other Specific Standards: 7.14 Salt and 7.15 Genetically Modified Food.
This report lists certificates required by Thai government agencies for U.S. products exported to Thailand, including fruit and vegetables, live animals, beef, canned or preserved meat and poultry products, other processed meat products, processed or frozen seafood, hides and skins, distillers dried grains, live animals, and any food that undergoes a production process (i.e., make, mix, prepare and re-packing).
This report lists examples of the major export certificates and other documentation required by the Government of Australia for U.S. exports of food and agricultural products. Australia’s import requirements for food and agricultural products are complex and change frequently.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: Japan 249th Food Safety Group

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for eight agricultural chemicals (Acynonapyr, Fenarimol, Fenpyrazamine, Flonicamid, Fluxametamide, Glufosinate, Penthiopyrad, and Trifloxystrobin) for various agricultural commodities.
On June 7, 2022, PRC departments, including the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs jointly issued the “National Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation 2035,” outlining broad plans for climate change adaptation through 2035.