Exporting to United States

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DecemberTaste of Canada Held in Chicago (Shelly Nguyen, AF) - Eleven Alberta companies participated (largest to date) and a record of 460 recorded meetings and introductions between Canadian companies and buyers. Read more.
NovemberCanada signs new trade agreement with United States and Mexico (Government of Canada) - The CUSMA outcomes preserve key elements of this trading relationship and incorporate new and updated provisions that seek to address 21st-century trade issues and promote opportunities for the nearly half a billion people who call North America home.
FebruaryAlberta Companies Participate in Canadian Food Ingredients Mission to U.S. Midwest (Dusan Rnjak, AF) - “Value-added food ingredients from Canadian crops coupled with Canadian food innovation technologies are more on-trend than ever before,” says Dusan Rnjak.
NovemberAlberta Companies Participate in Mission to SupplySide West Expo in the United States (Dusan Rnjak, AF) - “This mission was a great way to promote Alberta as a major supplier of reliable agricultural food ingredients, commodities and dietary supplements,” says Dusan Rnjak, Trade Relations Officer with Agriculture and Forestry. Read more.
Market Information
December 2018United States Honey Market (Dusan Rnjak, AF) - In 2017, Canada exported C$60.8 million worth of honey into the US. Alberta’s honey exports were worth C$21.1 million (or 4.9 tonnes) with most of the product being shipped into California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kansas and Michigan. Read more.
August 2017An Overview of E-commerce Trends in the United States (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) - Basic elements to consider for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) doing business in the United States via e-commerce channels.
July 2018United States-Alberta Relations
November 2016Webinar: Private Label in the US - MMI Brands (59 min 23 sec)

Export Information
February 2018USDA Announces Proposed Rule to Modernize Swine Inspection (USDA) - The proposed rule allows innovation and flexibility to establishments that are slaughtering market hogs. For market hog establishments that opt into NSIS, the proposed rule would increase the number of offline USDA inspection tasks, while continuing 100% FSIS carcass-by-carcass inspection. Market hogs are uniform, healthy, young animals that can be slaughtered and processed in this modernized system more efficiently and effectively with enhanced process control.
October 2017Compliance Date Guide - In October the FDA released a new guide to help farmers and food manufacturers determine when they need to comply with provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On the same page, the agency also released a visual breakdown of key FSMA dates between 2015 and 2024. Of particular interest for the majority of Canadian exporters are the compliance dates for U.S. importers under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program for Food Importers (FSVP). If applicable, we encourage Canadian exporters to identify the upcoming compliance date and to contact their U.S. importer ahead of time to ensure they are ready for these new requirements.
United States - Guidance Documents
FDA issued guidance documents intended for facilities that may be subject to the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule or the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. The guidance is intended for domestic and foreign facilities that are required to register as food facilities under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because they manufacture, process, pack, or hold animal food for consumption in the U.S.
October 2017Honey Market in the United States (Dušan Rnjak, AF) - Canada exported C$50.9 million worth of honey into the US. Alberta’s honey exports were worth C$23.2 million (or 3.84 m/lb.) with most of the product being shipped into Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois, California and Michigan. Read more.
May 2017FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (US Food & Drug Administration) - The final rule requires that importers perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. safety standards.
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Last Reviewed/Revised on January 3, 2019.