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 23, 2019
This report relays the Hong Kong government’s guidelines of the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) (Amendment) Regulation.
May 22, 2019
On January 24, 2019, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) announced revisions to Japan’s Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for the following agricultural chemicals, veterinary drugs....
May 21, 2019
This report is meant to provide practical tips to U.S. agricultural, forestry and fishery product companies on how to conduct business in China.
May 17, 2019
This report provides general background information on Macau’s Food Import Regulations and includes the following additions to the 2018 report.