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American Samoa (AS)

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1. Preconditions for market access

1.1. Import permit

Exporters should ensure that their importer complies with any requirements to obtain a permit for imports into American Samoa.

1.2. Establishment listing

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

Initial listing procedureRequired?
Export RegistrationYes
Establishment listing required for the USA
No

1.3. Prohibited products

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

There are no known products that are prohibited for export to this market.

2. Operational requirements

2.1. General operational requirements

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The USA has no known additional requirements for general operations that differ from those required in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

2.2. Hygiene

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The USA has no known additional hygiene requirements that differ from those required in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

2.3. Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The USA has no known additional requirements for microbial and residue sampling of milk and milk products that differ from those required in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

3. Production of edible products

3.1. Milk products

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The USA has no known additional requirements for the production of milk products that differ from those required by the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

Dairy products that do not meet the definitions of milk products in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021 may also need to be regulated through the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021, when required by importing countries.

These products are referred to as Dairy by Definition (DBD). Examples of DBD products include such as colostrum, ice-cream, milk products made with non-bovine milk. 

4. Production of inedible products

4.1. Manufacturing Grade (DM) milk and milk products

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The USA has no known additional requirements for Manufacturing Grade milk and milk products that differ from the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

Manufacturing Grade products are defined in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

4.2. Animal food

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

Unless animal food is prepared at an establishment that produces milk and milk products for export as food, these products are non prescribed goods.

In accordance with the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021, animal food must be clearly identified as animal food and not for human consumption. It must also be segregated from and not contaminate milk and milk products that are for human consumption.

4.3. Technical products and pharmaceutical material

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

Unless technical products and pharmaceutical material are prepared at an establishment that produces milk and milk products for export as food, these products are non prescribed goods. They are not regulated by the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

5. Labelling, shelf life, and shipping marks (port marks)

5.1. Labelling and packaging

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The USA has no known specific requirements for labelling and packaging in addition to those provided in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

5.2. Shelf life restrictions

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The USA has no known specific requirements for shelf life restrictions other than those provided in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

5.3. Shipping marks (port marks)

The USA has no known specific requirements for shipping marks (port marks).

6. Documentation requirements for edible products

6.1. Milk and milk products (including Dairy By Definition products)

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

Dairy Good by Definition or Dairy by Definition (DBD)

The term, DBD, is used to describe dairy products that are considered to be a dairy product by an importing country and need to be certified using the same certificate as the dairy goods prescribed under the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021, even though they are not listed as a prescribed goods in these rules.

DBD products must be manufactured in an export registered establishment in accordance with all the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021. 

If a product is not listed as a prescribed under Australia's export rules, it is the responsibility of the exporter to confirm what certificate is required and to ensure that DBD products that require a dairy certificate, such as the ZD035 Health Certificate, comply with Australia's export rules.

Dairy products that are prescribed under Australia's export rules

(a) milk (other than colostrum) obtained from an animal of the bovine species; and

(b) following milk products derived from milk (other than colostrum) obtained from an animal of the bovine species:

(i) flavoured milk and modified milk;

(ii) cream and thickened cream;

(iii) butter, butter concentrate, buttermilk, concentrated buttermilk, dairy blend, ghee (clarified butter) and anhydrous milk fat (butter oil);

(iv) casein, caseinate and cheese;

 (v) whey, whey cream and concentrated whey cream;

(vi) cultured milk and yoghurt;

(vii) butter milk powder, lactose powder, milk sugar, powdered milk, skim milk powder, whey powder, milk protein powder, condensed milk, milk minerals and other milk concentrates;

(viii) dips containing yoghurt, cream cheese or other dairy base;

(ix) any other like milk product a major component of which is milk.

Dried milk products

For dried milk products (with CAS, DML, INF, MEM and WEY product codes), use the E236A Certificate as to Condition of Dry Milk Products to the USA.

The E236A Certificate contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that the produce described above was

(1) Examined and found to be

(a) Suitable for human consumption

(b) Negative for penicillin, salmonella and phosphatase in accordance with the requirements of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Food and Drug Administration

(2) Manufactured to the conditions and restrictions applicable under the Export Control Act in respect of the goods have been complied with

(3) Was processed, packaged and stored in a dairy premises registered under the Export Control Act.

Endorsement 490 - DAIRY - USA Australian or NZ origin and disease free statement and DAFF or Australia PI seals applied (edible product)

As a full time salaried veterinary officer of Australia, I declare from the information provided to me that the following is true and correct:

The milk/milk product was processed in Australia a region listed in 9 CFR 94.1(a) (2) from milk produced in Australia and/or New Zealand a region listed in 9 CFR 94.1(a) (2) as free of foot-and-mouth disease and rinderpest. The milk/milk product has never been in any region where foot-and-mouth disease or rinderpest exists except when moving under seal as described in 9 CFR 94.16 (c).

The E236A Certificate is to be substantiated by NATA certification of 30 subsamples of 25g each (total 750g composited) certifying that the product is free of Salmonella, Penicillin and Phosphatase as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USA.

Other milk and milk products (including Dairy by Definition products)

For milk and milk products and Dairy by Definition products (except CAS, DML, INF, MEM and WEY product codes), use the ZD035 Health Certificate.

For milk and milk products (including dairy products classified as Dairy by Definition), use the ZD035 Health Certificate.

The ZD035 Certificate contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed under the Export Control Act have been complied with in respect of the prescribed good described above, being goods that are:

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Of Australian Origin
Endorsement 490 - DAIRY - USA Australian or NZ origin and disease free statement and Departmental or Australia PI seals applied (edible product)

As a full time salaried veterinary officer of Australia, I declare from the information provided to me that the following is true and correct:

The milk/milk product was processed in Australia a region listed in 9 CFR 94.1(a) (2) from milk produced in Australia and/or New Zealand a region listed in 9 CFR 94.1(a) (2) as free of foot-and-mouth disease and rinderpest. The milk/milk product has never been in any region where foot-and-mouth disease or rinderpest exists except when moving under seal as described in 9 CFR 94.16 (c).

NATA certificates

NATA certificates should indicate the following methods and results:

  • Salmonella –AS 1766.2.5; Food microbiology; Examination for specific organisms; Salmonella. (using XLD agar and CLED medium and other media specified in the standard), Negative in 750g.
  • Phosphatase – AS 2300.1.10; Methods of chemical testing for the dairying industry: General methods and principles; Determination of Phosphatase activity. (Aschaffenberg and Mullen method), <10g/ml p-nitrophenol
  • Penicillin –AS 1766.3.11: Food microbiology, Dairy products, Test for Penicillin. (B stearothermophilus disk assay method). <0.003 g/ml Penicillin G.

NATA certification should be made available at audit.

Exporter Declaration for milk products (other than dry milk products)

For milk products (other than dry milk products) the following words must be included in the Exporter Declaration section of the Request for Permit:

'Milk products in this shipment has been transported to the USA under Departmental seal, applied as part of an approved sealing program, or by a Departmental officer'

Exporter declaration for dry milk products

The following products are subject to an MOU between Australia and the US: Dry whole milk, non-fat dry milk, low fat dry milk, dry cream, dry whey, dry buttermilk, casein, caseinates and co-precipitates (which includes all products in Casein, Milk Powder, Infant Powder, Membrane and Ultra Filtration Products and Whey Powder EXDOC product types).

For all dry milk products (covered by the MOU) the following words must be included in the Exporter Declaration section of the Request for Permit: ‘Milk powder in this shipment has been transported to the USA under Departmental seal, applied as part of an approved sealing program, or by a Departmental officer, and covered by NATA certification’.

Other exporter declarations

Whenever export documentation is obtained, the exporter must provide a declaration stating that all the information provided in the permit is true and complete. They must also state that they are in possession of a declaration of compliance that:

  1. applies to the milk and milk products
  2. complies with the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.
Transit Certification Requirements

The USA transit certificate is the ZDUS01 Health Certificate Transit Certificate.

Milk and milk products transiting the European Union or the United States may require transit documentation. These certificates are available as additional certificates through the EXDOC system. If the product is transiting the United States, a ZDUS01 Health Certificate Transit Certificate is required. If the product is transiting a European Union member state, see the particular European Union member state regarding the certificate template to select.

When product transits a USA port and the ‘country of final destination’ is not USA, USA transit certification, including sealing details, is required in addition to the ‘country of final destination’ certification.

If the product is transiting a US port and Department seals are applied, the US should be included as the discharge country or a transit country or a reference should be included in the exporter declaration or inspector comments to indicate that the product may be transiting a US port.

6.2. Ships stores

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

Export certification is not issued for ships stores as the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021 do not apply. Ships stores are milk and milk products on ships or aircraft for the use of passengers and crew or for the service of the ships or aircraft on a voyage from Australia.

6.3. Consignments under 10 kilograms and trade samples

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

It is the responsibility of exporters to determine through their importers if export certification is required for consignments and trade samples that are less than 10 kilograms or 10 litres, as an export permit is not required for such consignments.

6.4. Additional certificates available

The ZX01 Certificate as to Dioxin Status of Australian Dairy Products is available on request.

European Union (EU) transit certificates are available for consignments transiting the EU. Refer to the EU documentation requirements for edible products for the reference numbers and attestations in these certificates.

7. Documentation requirements for inedible products

7.1. Manufacturing Grade (DM) milk and milk products

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

For Manufacturing Grade milk and milk products, use the ZD016 Certificate as to Condition for Manufacturing Grade products.

The ZD016 Certificate as to Condition contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed the Export Control Act have been complied with in respect of the prescribed good described above, being goods that are:

  1. In sound condition
  2. Of Australian Origin
Endorsement 490 - DAIRY - USA Australian or NZ origin and disease free statement and DAFF or Australia PI seals applied (edible product)

As a full time salaried veterinary officer of Australia, I declare from the information provided to me that the following is true and correct:

Raw milk contained in this product was produced and processed in Australia and/or New Zealand which are countries recognised as free from Rinderpest and Foot and Mouth disease according to United Regulations 9CFR94.1.

The product has been sealed as regulated under United States regulation 9CFR94.16 (C), with serially numbered DAFF or Australia PI /s, (see over page).

7.2. Animal food

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The ZD015 Certificate as to Condition for Stockfood can be issued for stockfood made from milk and milk products.

The ZD015 Certificate contains the following attestations:

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed under the Export Control Act have been complied with in respect of the prescribed good described above, being goods that are:

  1. In sound condition
  2. Of Australian Origin
Endorsement 491 - DAIRY - USA Australian or NZ origin and disease free statement for DSL and DSP (sealed with DAFF or Australia PI seals)

As a full time salaried veterinary officer of Australia, I declare from the information provided to me the following is true and correct:

This product:

  1. was derived from bovine animals that have never been in;
  2. did not originate in and was never stored, rendered or otherwise processed in;
  3. was not otherwise physically associated with a facility located in; and
  4. has not been otherwise physically associated with or exposed to, or commingled with ruminant material from;

any region listed in Code of Federal Regulations part 94.18(a).’

Raw milk contained in this product was produced and processed in Australia and/or New Zealand which are countries recognised as free from Rinderpest and Foot and Mouth disease according to United Regulations 9CFR94.1.

The product has been sealed as regulated under United States regulation 9CFR94.16 (C), with serially numbered DAFF or Australia PI seal/s, (see over page).

7.3. Technical products and pharmaceutical material

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

The ZD001 Certificate as to Condition may be issued for technical products and pharmaceutical material.

The ZD001 Certificate contains the following attestations:

I certify to the best of my knowledge that the information on this form is true and correct in every particular details and that the product described above is of Australian origin and is acceptable for sale in Australia.

Endorsement 490 - DAIRY - USA Australian or NZ origin and disease free statement and DAFF or Australia PI seals applied (edible product)

As a full time salaried veterinary officer of Australia, I declare from the information provided to me that the following is true and correct:

Raw milk contained in this product was produced and processed in Australia and/or New Zealand which are countries recognised as free from Rinderpest and Foot and Mouth disease according to United Regulations 9CFR94.1.

The product has been sealed as regulated under United States regulation 9CFR94.16 (C), with serially numbered DAFF or Australia PI seal/s, (see over page).

8. Shipping and airfreight requirements

American Samoa adopts US importing country requirements, which are shown below:

All containers of dairy products to the USA (including manufacturing grade, stockfood and non prescribed goods) need to be sealed with Department seals and this should be done under the establishments approved ‘Department Self Sealing’ procedure.

The United States Customs and Border Protection issued a notice to shippers and importers stating that all loaded containers arriving by vessel at a port of entry in the US on or after 15 October 2008, are required to be sealed with a high security seal, meeting the ISO PAS 17712 standard. Industry is advised to ensure that all company seals used for product exported to the US via sea, comply with this standard to avoid port of entry delays. Where Departmental seals are applied for dairy product to the USA, the seal number/s and relevant container number/s must be included in the RFP.

Milk and milk products must be transported to ensure their condition and integrity is maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

Latest updates

20/05/2021 - References to export legislation have been updated.
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Last updated: 19/11/2021 5:39 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 11:05 AM