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Washington—New dairy export certificates were made available earlier this month for US dairy product exports destined for the 27 member countries of the European Union (EU) as well as European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The new EU dairy export certificates for US dairy product exports destined for or transiting through the EU are available through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Agriculture Trade Licensing & Attestation Solution (ATLAS) web-based software.

Certificates for dairy and nondairy composite products are not currently available in ATLAS. USDA is preparing to make these certificates available as soon as possible.

On Jan. 15, 2022, the EU will implement new requirements for export certificates for a wide range of food products exported or transiting through the EU, USDA noted. These requirements will impact dairy-related exports, including those categorized as composite products. A composite product is a food containing both processed products of animal origin — including, but not limited to, dairy products — and products of plant origin.

Exporters of dairy and dairy composite products must be prepared to meet the new requirements of the EU certificates and use the new EU certificates by Jan. 15, 2022, USDA said.

Requirements for dairy and dairy composite product exports destined for the EU include: ensuring all sources of animal-origin products included in the manufacture of any dairy or dairy composite product are from EU-approved facilities; and a Certificate of Conformance (CoC) as described in the AMS Dairy Program’s Export Verification Program must be provided to demonstrate that the milk sourced for the dairy ingredient(s) meets EU-specific requirements.

Requirements for exports of dairy and dairy composite products transiting through the EU include: ensuring all sources of animal-origin products included in the manufacture of any dairy or dairy composite products are from US-approved facilities; and a Certificate of Conformance must be provided to demonstrate that the milk sourced for the dairy ingredient(s) meets EU-specific requirements.

For more information, email [email protected].

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