Food Packaging Labels
If you are a producer of food products, the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) requires specific packaging labels which identify the Nutritional Facts of the product. Without the proper label, its unlikely that a retailer or grocery store chain will be interested in buying your food products no matter how good it tastes. By knowing what a buyer requires before you show them your product will lead to greater success for closing a major export sale. When presenting your products to a buyer, the Lithuanian Trade Council recommends you take the product development time to present samples in the finished packaging (even if they are test samples) so the buyer knows your ready to go to market when they place an order. To learn more about FDA labels, visit the FDA Education Resource website on Nutritional Facts labels
Bar Codes for Retail Products including Food Items, Hard Goods and Soft Goods
Does your product packaging have a bar code label so retailers can scan the product into a Point of Sale (POS) system? If yes, do you know if it will work in the United States? To learn more about the Uniform Product Code system as it applies to the United States and Canada, please click Uniform Product Code for more information.
Agriculture – Corn
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), prohibits the entry of Lithuanian corn into the USA. Therefore, in order to be allowed into the country, it must be 100% cracked which is not an ideal process when competing against other global corn suppliers. The Lithuanian Trade Council learned about this rule while promoting a Lithuanian grower to a prospective buyer. The buyer is currently importing $80 million dollars of corn from India, Turkey and Argentina where their corn can enter the U.S. without cracking. The Lithuanian Trade Council has reached out to the State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania to work with APHIS to see if we can have Lithuanian corn retested for environmental review. Our inquiry is to see if we can have this blanket regulation or law overturned for the benefit of Lithuanian farmers. For more information on this topic, please review the USDA Seeds Not for Planting manual and see Lithuania listed on page 3-19 (Table 3-11).
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) created a short video about the things you need to know when exporting to the United States. This Video is for new and existing importers to learn the process of importing goods and merchandise from foreign countries into the United States, promoting the necessary steps to ensure compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.
Contact the Lithuanian Trade Council if you need additional assistance bringing your products to market. If you are already selling in the United States and would like to share some of the challenges and solutions you’ve experienced, kindly Contact Us and we may publish your findings on our site to benefit others in the Lithuanian community.