The Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA, by its acronym in Spanish) will apply new sanitary and phytosanitary measures for the introduction of raw material and food additives used in the national fabrication of food for human consumption, whether the food is processed and/or packaged for direct consumption.

Previously for the import of raw material a sanitary certificate wasn’t required, with the recent amendment, contained in Resolute AUPSA-DINAN 001-2016 of January 5, 2016, as from April 2016 the importers of Raw Material in addition to the previous requirements, such as the Notification Form, Copy of the Free Sales Certificate, Copy of the Commercial Invoice, Customs Declaration, they must need to apply for a sanitary certificate of the raw material that wants to be imported into the Panamanian territory.

According to the Authority this requirement, which applies to all of the national importers of raw material, reflects the purpose of establishing the controls, analysis and reviews of the products entering the Panamanian territory.