Foreign Standards & Certifications for Exports
Under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement), member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required to report all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other member countries.
Agriculture-Specific Requirements & Certifications
When exporting food and agricultural products and materials, there are a number of requirements and certifications both from the U.S. and the foreign country that you must report to the WTO. The Foreign Agricultural Service works to make sure that those regulations are predictable, transparent, and science-based. With its online system that tracks and informs WTO organizations about any regulatory changes, the FAS is an important tool in this process.
The FAS provides regulatory lists like:
- Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) Database
- Food Safety Group Information
- Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Report