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Why and How to Export Food Products to the United States



U.S. agricultural imports in FY 2023 are forecast at $199.0 billion, unchanged from the November forecast, as increases in livestock, poultry, dairy, grains, feed, oilseeds and product imports, offset decreases in horticultural, sugar and tropical product imports. This represents an increase of $5.0 billion above FY 2022 imports.

Wine and distilled spirits imports are each projected to decrease by $200 million from the previous forecast to $8.0 billion and $12.1 billion, respectively, resulting from moderating demand for higher priced foreign wines and spirits.

FY 2023 coffee imports are adjusted down $300 million to $9.9 billion largely on falling unit values. Global production of coffee appears to be rebounding.

Cocoa are unchanged as the Côte d’Ivoire crop forecast remains fair despite some ongoing drought concerns. Cocoa prices have shown relative strength in recent months adding to import values.

The forecast for oilseeds and products is raised by $100 million from last quarter to $17.6 billion largely on increased imports of vegetable oils. This is due, in part, to the relatively tight domestic oilseed conditions leading to higher prices and expected increases in import volumes, especially canola oil.

North America

The U.S. is projected to import $46.4 billion from Mexico, with increased imports of fresh fruits and vegetables followed by beer, distilled spirits, grain and feed, and sugar, while imports from Canada are projected at $37.3 billion with increased beef grain and oilseed imports going to the United States.


U.S. imports from the European Union are projected at $35.9 billion on expected increased imports of wine and cheese. Olive production in Spain, Italy, and Portugal saw steep declines, as drought in Europe has negatively impacted many commodities.


An increase is also expected from Asia, to $31.0 billion with processed vegetables from China and vegetable oil (palm and coconut), prepared food, and food ingredients from Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries.


Imports from Africa are adjusted upward to $4.2 billion, due to expected increases in imports of cocoa and products from Côte d’Ivoire.

Food Imports & Exports Regulations

FDA Registration


Prior Notice


FDA Compliant Labels


If your domestic or foreign food facility’s registration was not renewed before December 31, 2022, it must obtain a new FDA Registration Number, because the old registration expired and is no longer valid.

You may want to take this opportunity to switch U.S. Agent.


Companies can export or import Conventional Foods, Dietary Supplements or Alcoholic Beverages to or from the United States, as long as the facilities that produce, store, or otherwise handle the products are registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA).

A product sold as a dietary supplement and promoted on its label or in labeling as a treatment, prevention or cure for a specific disease or condition would be considered an unapproved illegal drug.

However, low acid, pasteurized, sterilized or acidified products sold in

  • metal tins & cans
  • canisters, drums, pails,
  • buckets, jars, bottles,
  • flexible pouches or tetra packs

require a Food Canning Establishment (FCE) registration.


FDA uses the information provided with the Prior Notice to determine whether to inspect, sample the article of food when it arrives in the U.S. or deny entry.

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