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

February 21, 2018
China’s food regulatory regime continues to evolve. In 2017, China issued numerous new regulations and measures to reflect the requirements introduced under the 2015 Food Safety Law.
February 21, 2018
This report lists the major export certificates required by the Chinese government for imports of food and agricultural products. After a fourteen year hiatus, in 2017 China reopened its market...
February 21, 2018
On January 9, 2018, China notified the World Trade Organization of Measures pertaining to the Inspection and Supervision of Import and Export Prepackaged Food Labeling as TBT/CHN/1246.
February 21, 2018
Article 93 of the 2015 Food Safety Law makes recommendations in the case of imported products without a Chinese food safety standard.