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American Samoa (AS)

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1. Precondition for market access

1.1 Establishment listing

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

Initial listing procedure for edible productsRequired?
AQIS Export registrationYes
Establishment listing for the USNo

Note: Establishments must be registered with US FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) under the Bioterrorism Act.  Establishments should organise this registration directing with the US FDA.

1.2 Access for products for human consumption

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

ProductAccess?
FinfishYes
BivalvesNo; with the exception of roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat.
CrustaceansYes
EchinodermsYes
GastropodsYes
CephalopodsYes
TunicatesYes
CrocodileNo agreed certification

Refer to section 1.4 for further information bivalve mollusc access.

US Bioterrorism Act

The US Bioterrorism Act requires establishment registration and prior notification for each shipment to the US. Exporters should organise these directly with US FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

1.3 Access for non-prescribed goods

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

ProductAccess?
Technical products and pharmaceutical materialRefer to comment below
Rendered productsRefer to comment below
Crocodile skins and hidesRefer to comment below
ShellsRefer to comment below

These products are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005. Furthermore, the Orders do not apply to:

  • liquid fish products exported in a consignment of no more than 10 litres
  • dried fish and dried fish products (other than dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 2 kilograms
  • fish and fish products (other than liquid fish and dried abalone) exported in a consignment of no more than 10 kilograms.
However, AQIS may provide an export certificate if one is required by the importing country competent authority.

1.4 Australian products that do not meet American Samoan official requirements

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

Bivalve molluscs

With the exception of roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat, to export bivalve molluscs to the US, Australia must demonstrate full compliance with the US National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) and must sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Currently, bivalve molluscs intended for export from Australia are managed in accordance with the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (ASQAP) which does not completely align with the NSSP.

These requirements do not apply to roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat.

1.5 Premises and equipment

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

The USA has no known additional requirements for premises and equipment that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 3.

2. Operational requirements

2.1 General operational requirements

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

The USA has no known additional requirements for specific operations that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 4.

2.2 Microbial and residue sampling, and maximum acceptable limits

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

The USA has no known additional requirements for microbial sampling of fish and fish products that differ from those required in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 6.

3. Harvesting and processing

3.1 Sourcing of fish and fish products

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

The USA has no known additional requirements for sourcing of fish and fish products that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedule 5.

3.2 Sourcing, slaughter and post-mortem inspection of crocodiles

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

The USA has no agreed requirements for the slaughter and postmortem inspection of crocodiles.

3.3 Refrigeration, transfer and loadout

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

The USA has no known additional requirements for refrigeration, transfer and loadout that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

4. Production for human consumption

4.1 Fish and fish products

Finfish

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

The USA has no known additional requirements for the production of finfish that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Tunicates

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

The USA has no known additional requirements for the production of tunicates that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Gastropods

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

The USA has no known additional requirements for the production of gastropods that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Crustaceans

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

The USA has no known additional requirements for the production of crustaceans that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Cephalopods

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

The USA has no known additional requirements for the production of cephalopods that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Bivalves

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

With the exception of roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat, Australia does not currently have access for bivalve molluscs. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

Crocodile

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

There is no agreed certification to import crocodiles to the USA.

Echinoderms

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

The USA has no known additional requirements for the production of echinoderms that differ from those required by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

5. Production of non-prescribed goods

5.1 Non-prescribed goods

Rendered products

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

Rendered products are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Crocodile skins and hides

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

Crocodile skins and hides are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Shells

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

Shells are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

Technical products and pharmaceutical material

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

Technical products and pharmaceutical material are non-prescribed goods and are not regulated by the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005.

6. Labelling, use-by date, trade description and shipping marks (port marks)

6.1 Labelling and trade description

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

The USA has no known specific requirements for labelling and trade description in addition to those provided in the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005, with particular reference to Schedules 7 and 8.

6.2 Use-by date and/or shelf life restrictions

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

The USA has no known specific requirements for use-by dates and/or shelf life restrictions in addition to AQIS-administered legislation.

6.3 Shipping marks (port marks)

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

Bivalve molluscs cannot be exported to the US. Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

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

7. Documentation requirements for products for human consumption

7.1 Live seafood

Finfish, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates

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

Exporters should ensure that a Prior Notice recognised under the US Bioterrorism Act is provided for each shipment to the US. A Prior Notice should be organised directly with the US FDA.

For finfish, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates, use an FX46A Certificate with endorsement 2011.

Embedded endorsement

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed in Regulations or Orders under the Export Control Act 1982 have been complied with in respect of the prescribed goods described above, being goods that are;

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Of Australian origin
Additional Endorsement 2011

The fish &/or fishery products listed above have been prepared using HACCP to control food safety hazards & are considered by AQIS to be processed in accordance with the requirements of United States Food & Drug Administration Regulations 21 CFR Part 123.

Bivalve molluscs

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

Australia does not currently have access for bivalve molluscs (excluding roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat). Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

7.2 Non-viable seafood

Finfish, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates

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

Exporters should ensure that a Prior Notice recognised under the US Bioterrorism Act is provided for each shipment to the US. A Prior Notice should be organised directly with the US FDA.

For finfish, crustaceans, echinoderms, gastropods, cephalopods and tunicates, use an FX46A Certificate with endorsement 2011.

Embedded endorsement

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed in Regulations or Orders under the Export Control Act 1982 have been complied with in respect of the prescribed goods described above, being goods that are;

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Of Australian origin
Additional Endorsement 2011

The fish &/or fishery products listed above have been prepared using HACCP to control food safety hazards & are considered by AQIS to be processed in accordance with the requirements of United States Food & Drug Administration Regulations 21 CFR Part 123.

Bivalve molluscs

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

Australia does not currently have access for bivalve molluscs (excluding roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat). Refer to Section 1.4 for information.

Roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat

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

Exporters should ensure that a Prior Notice recognised under the US Bioterrorism Act is provided for each shipment to the US. A Prior Notice should be organised directly with the US FDA.

For roe-off scallop adductor muscle meat, use an FX46A Certificate with endorsement 2011.

Embedded endorsement

I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed in Regulations or Orders under the Export Control Act 1982 have been complied with in respect of the prescribed goods described above, being goods that are;

  1. In sound condition
  2. Fit for human consumption
  3. Of Australian origin
Additional Endorsement 2011

The fish &/or fishery products listed above have been prepared using HACCP to control food safety hazards & are considered by AQIS to be processed in accordance with the requirements of United States Food & Drug Administration Regulations 21 CFR Part 123.

7.3 Crocodiles

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

There is no agreed certification to import of crocodiles into the USA.

8. Documentation requirements for non-prescribed goods

8.1 Technical products and pharmaceutical material

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

There is no agreed certification for import of technical products and pharmaceutical material into the USA. AQIS may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any technical products or pharmaceutical material.

8.2 Rendered products

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

There is no agreed certification for import of rendered products into the USA. AQIS may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or the importing country competent authority prior to shipping any rendered products.

8.3 Crocodile skins and hides

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

There is no agreed certification for import of crocodile skins and hides into the USA. AQIS may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or American Samoa competent authority prior to shipping any crocodile skins and hides.

8.4 Shells

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

There is no agreed certification for import of shells into the USA. AQIS may not be able to intervene in the event of a detained consignment.

Exporters should check import requirements with their importer or American Samoa competent authority prior to shipping any shells.

9. Shipping and airfreight requirements

10. Port-of-entry clearance inspection and testing

11. Definitions

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Last updated: 1/03/2021 8:48 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:12 PM