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Last modified: August 16, 2018

FAIRS Reports

Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

The “Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards” (FAIRS) reports are market access reports offering detailed overviews of labeling, certification and other import requirements for food and agricultural products.  FAIRS reports include summaries of food laws and standards currently in force in the EU and the different Member States.

EU-28 FAIRS Report (updated December 7, 2017)

The EU FAIRS report focuses on EU-wide measures and rules that affect imports of products destined for human consumption.  Exporters should be aware that there may be some variation among the different Member States in implementing EU harmonized legislation.  Imported products must also meet existing Member State requirements in cases where harmonization has not yet been finalized.  Information on Member State specific rules can be found in the FAIRS reports prepared by the FAS offices in the different Member States.

Austria (updated December 19, 2017)

Belgium and Luxembourg (updated December 21, 2017)

Bulgaria (updated January 10, 2018)

Croatia (updated December 15, 2017)

Czech Republic (updated November 9, 2017)

France (updated January 23, 2018)

Germany (updated May 22, 2017)

Greece (updated December 12, 2017)

Hungary (updated December 18, 2017)

Italy (updated December 14, 2017)

Lithuania (updated December 31, 2017)

Netherlands (updated January 31, 2018)

Poland (updated January 8, 2018)

Romania (updated January 4, 2018)

Slovakia (updated December 12, 2012)

Spain (updated July 10, 2018)

Sweden (updated May 29, 2012)

United Kingdom (updated December 14, 2017)

The Offices of Agricultural Affairs in the different EU member states also prepare annual Exporter Guides describing national economic situations, market structures and trends, key players involved in export expansion, exporter tips and best high-value prospects.

FAIRS reports and Exporter Guides can be downloaded from USDA’s online database of GAIN reports.