Peru - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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Sections updated: Pesticide and other contaminants; Biotechnology products and Agency Contacts. The FAIRS Report is based on Peruvian regulations for importing food products. This report intends to help U.S. exporters understand and meet local import requirements and, consequently, facilitate trade between the U.S. and Peru.

Peru has a well developed food safety and regulatory system. Regulations are generally based on sound science but the risk assessment and rule-making process can be slow and burdensome. The Ministry of Health’s Office of Environmental Health (DIGESA) is the Peruvian counterpart to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding sanitary supervision and registration for processed food and beverages. The National Agricultural Sanitary and Phytosanitary Service (SENASA), part of the Ministry of Agriculture, is responsible for developing and implementing Peru’s sanitary and phytosanitary regulations and is the counterpart to APHIS and FSIS. Peruvian standards and input requirements pose no major problems for U.S. exports. Most market access issues relate to customs procedures, including HS classifications, and inadequate or improperly completed documentation.

Alvaro Loza