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

October 18, 2018
Since around August 2018, an increased level of U.S. beef liver shipments have been rejected at port due to a zero tolerance for Ractopamine, a commonly used veterinary drug.
October 18, 2018
On August 31, 2018, the Government of India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a notice to ban the import of certain medical and therapeutic foods....
October 11, 2018
In 2018, the United States and Morocco negotiated terms for U.S. poultry market access, which could be an opportunity for U.S. exporters to target the food service sector.
October 11, 2018
The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) recently issued a notification that authorizes the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) to extend its import controls to cover....