PH exporters advised to comply with South Korea amended rules on food imports

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  • The Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau advised Philippine exporters to comply with South Korea’s amended regulation on food imports
  • The policy took effect on June 14, 2024
  • The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of South Korea amended the Regulations on Declaration and Inspection of Imported Food to streamline the import application process while strengthening oversight and risk management measures

The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) advised Philippine exporters to comply with South Korea’s amended regulation on food imports that took effect on June 14, 2024.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) of South Korea issued Notice No. 2024-26, amending the Regulations on Declaration and Inspection of Imported Food with the aim of streamlining the import application process while strengthening oversight and risk management measures, DTI said in an advisory.

“The Export Marketing Bureau strongly advises Philippine exporters to comply with food safety regulations to ensure the continued acceptance of their products in South Korea and other export markets,” the advisory said.

The South Korea food imports regulation also expands the scope to include raw materials (excluding aquatic products) declared by registered food production, processing enterprises, and food additive manufacturers.

Notice No. 2024-26 expands the application eligibility for planned imports of raw materials used in the production of a company’s own products. This includes registered food manufacturers, food additive producers, and professional distributors. Applicants must submit test reports from MFDS-recognized foreign laboratories.

In addition, the South Korea food imports amended regulation introduces more rigorous inspections, including precise checks and random sampling, for specific food items imported from China, such as soybeans, millet, red beans, persimmons, burdock, and pumpkins.

Moreover, the wording in the standards has been revised to align with the implementation of the expiration date labeling system.

The number of pesticide residue testing items for the initial precise inspection has also been increased from 113 to 128. This aims to help comprehensively detect and monitor the pesticide residues in imported foods to ensure food safety.

South Korea is one of the top trade partners of the Philippines. In 2022, it ranked 4th in terms of total bilateral trade valued at $15.45 billion and 6th in total approved investments valued at $90.62 million.

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