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Panama Import Regs: Sanitary/Phytosanitary

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Panama Import Regs: Sanitary/Phytosanitary

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:07 am

Ministry of Agricultural Development (MAD) and the Autoridad Panameña de Seguridad de Alimentos (Panamanian Food Safety Authority – AUPSA).

The COP performs surveillance and support functions for the MAD's National Directorates of Animal Health, Plant Health and Agricultural Quarantine, maintaining a permanent system for monitoring outbreaks of disease and pest infestation at national and international levels.

The MAD's National Animal Health Directorate is responsible, among other things, for establishing the zoosanitary requirements for the introduction of live animals, semen and embryos, medicaments for exclusively veterinary use, and biological and chemical products for animal use. This Directorate is also responsible for everything to do with the exportation of products of animal origin, whether food products or not, as well as for proposing animal health standards for the transit and domestic movement of such products.

On the December 14, 2006, the GOP published in the "Gaceta Oficial", the "Resuelto AUPSA-DINAN-001-2006" governing the importation of pre-packaged food items ( the Decree specifies by HS#) which items are subject to special documentary requirements of this Decree. These are additional requirements beyond the normal Panamian food safety measures. Specifically, the Decree requires the following documents:

1. An import notification issued 48 hours prior to arrival of the specified items by the Panamian Food Security Authority.
2. An FDA government to government certificate.
3. A Certificate of Origin.
4. A copy of the commercial invoice for the product.
5. A prior Customs Declaration from Panama's customs authority.

In addition, the Decree states that the shipping containers must have security mechanisms and stammps that can only be removed by sanitation officials of Panama. Tha Sanitation authorities reserve the right to test/analyze the imported item even if all prerequisites were met by the importer.

First-time imports require a pre-inspection of the foreign installations or processing plants, regions and/or countries by means of a pest risk analysis based on the animal and plant health requirements laid down in the Panamanian legislation. The method of risk analysis employed is the same as that applied for border control purposes. This phyto- or zoosanitary pre-inspection must be carried out by MAD and AUPSA professionals with the support of laboratories accredited in Panama. The territorial extent of the assessment of each country depends on the information provided by the competent sanitary authorities of the country concerned, the geographical extent of the country, and the product to be imported.

Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary measures by product as of Feb. 2007
By product affected
Live animals in general
Bovine, sheep, goat, swine and buffalo meat products and by-products
Bovine meat and/or bovine cattle
Poultry products and/or poultry meat
Fish products and/or crustaceans
Pesticides, additives and/or fertilizers
Plants and plant products in general
Plant products with wood packing
Food and beverages
Wheat flour
Dairy products or raw milk
Rice, bananas, maize et al.
By type of measure
Prohibition or suspension of importation
Regulatory change without a specific measure
Removal of prohibition on importation
Classification or inspection of abattoirs and farms
Transport or movement regulations
Product registration regulations
Addition of iodine to salt
Other measures
Source: WTO
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