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Title UNITED STATES - Rules for import of dairy products into USA
Creation Date 20 Feb 2008
Last update/check 27 Nov 2015
Barrier id 085116
Sector Agriculture and Fisheries
Country United States of America
Description of the measure

Grade A milk products (pasteurised, liquid products such as cream or joghturt) must come from establishments approved and listed by the Inter State Conference of Milk Shipments (IMS) which eets every second year. For establishments in Third countries three options are available:

Option 1 - the exporting establishment must enter into a contract with a State, which must treat the exporting establishment as though it falls under its jurisdiction, and meet relevant US rules.

Option 2 - the exporting country must adopt and apply US rules.

Option 3 - the exporting countries rules must be recognised as equivalent to those of USA..

An equivalence exercise is ongoing since 2006 in collaboration with three pilot Member States, FR, IRL and The NL. After a paper evaluation, confirmatory audits were done by FDA in the three Member States in spring 2015.

There is no generic definition of Grade A products. The Insterstate Conference can always add products to teh list of Grade A and then automaticalle the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance applies to these products.


Barrier Status Ongoing
Actions Taken
Hs codes
  • 04 - Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included