Exporting Pet Products: Resources

The maze of regulations and requirements relating to exporting your products can be daunting. There are numerous steps involved, depending on the product and where it will be going. A quality freight forwarder should be able to direct you toward the necessary requirements for each country and product. APPA has a cooperative agreement with Blue Tiger International and they have worked closely in advising APPA members as to the requirements for shipping goods overseas. Contact Tom Cook at  tomcook@bluetigerintl.com  (516)359-6232 or go to the APPA Web Page  on Import-Export Solutions for additional information or on the APPA Web Page on APPA's Export/Import Services

 The following page is not intended to tell you “how-to” export your product, but will provide links to various resources where you can learn more about exporting and the various considerations involved. The U S government provides numerous programs to assist U S companies with their export programs. By examining some of the links provided below, you can become more familiar with what is required to export your product. 

US Department of Commerce

The US Department of Commerce

The U S Commercial Serviceor Export.gov is the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce and assists businesses that want to export. The Web site states that “Export.gov provides online trade resources and one-on-one assistance for your international business – whether you’re just starting or expanding your global sales.” They assist businesses by:


  • The Trade Information Center administered by the International Trade Administration  of the U S Department of Commerce provides a lot of useful information on export requirements. Some examples of the type of information offered, is as follows:
  • Answers to export questions:
  • Tariff and import fee information.
  • Export resources.
  • For additional information on export licensing or about exporting in general call the Trade Information Center at 1-800-USA-TRADE.

    BuyUSA.com  is a web site, available to those registered with the U S Commercial Service, which acts as a matchmaker between those looking to purchase U S goods and those selling those good. The Commercial Service has a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide.
Export Administration Regulation Database

Export Administration Regulation Database

The Government Printing Office's Export Administration Regulation Web site contains an up-to-date database of the entire Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including the Commerce Control List, the Commerce Country Chart, and a link to the Denied Persons List. These items include goods and related technology,including technical data and technical assistance, which are designed for commercial purposes, but which could have military applications, such as computers, aircraft, and pathogens.

United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS): FAS  “works to improve foreign market access for U S products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U S agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries. FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA’s international activities” such as “market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. It also administers USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs, and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth"  FAS maintains a web page on basic considerations for exporting that could be a helpful place to begin.
  • FAS has a Web Page  devoted to exporting pet food and ingredients used for pets foods to the European Union with detailed requirements. All pet food imported from the U S into the European Union has to meet requirements relating mainly to health and labeling aspects.  These requirements are generally harmonized throughout the 25 EU member states but they are scattered over different pieces of EU legislation. The Veterinary Services Divison of Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA provides the required Health Certificates online.
  • The online GAIN database has reports on the markets for agricultural commodities. The online GAIN database includes more than 25,000 reports submitted by FAS attachés located in FAS offices overseas. The GAIN database can provide U S exporters the market information needed to make intelligent export decisions. They often contain original research on specific countries and may contain information on both buyers and competitors.
  • Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS): AMS describes their services as offering “an array of valuable services that give buyers and sellers of agricultural products a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.” These include:
US International Trade Commission (USITC)

The US International Trade Commission (USITC)

The USITC  is an independent federal agency that compiles the International Tariff Codes and investigates violations of trade laws.

US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)

The United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)

  • The Automated Export System (AES) is the electronic way to file the Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) and ocean manifest information directly to U.S. Customs.
  • Export Documents, Licenses and Requirements: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for ensuring that all goods entering and exiting the United States do so in accordance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations.