Finally, after several years of negotiating with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has modernized determinations for exporting dry pet food to Vietnam. The whole industry was waiting for new measures expecting to help companies operating in that region.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published new regulations regarding health certificates for dry pet food. AFIA has complimented the US department for this step and predicts it will support US pet food exporters.
“US exporters can minimize the risk of their products being rejected or banned from foreign markets and ensure the continued success of their export business,” said AFIA President and CEO Constance Cullman.
Pursuant to Cullman, the new certificates offer “a clear and comprehensive set of guidelines for US exporters to follow and ensure their products meet the standards required by foreign governments.”
Due to a quickly growing middle class that is conscious about their pet’s health, Vietnam’s pet food market is very interesting for US exporters.
Across the last 5 years, pet food imports in the country have increased by 69% in total. The US Census Bureau said that American dog and cat food exports have represented $655,000 (€593,000) in 2022, an increase of 20.4%.
Though, a few years ago this number has been much higher. In 2018 pet food exports achieved $2.81 million (€2.5M) and only $295,000 (€267,000) in 2020.