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August 24, 2015

On August 26, 2015, important changes will be made to Access to free global MRL data will now depend on whether you are a U.S.-based or an international-based user of the database.

  1. U.S. Users: There will be no changes to your access to the Global MRL Database.
  2. International Users: You will still have free access to all in-force U.S. MRLs within the Global MRL Database. However, all other MRL data will require a paid subscription.

Users who require more comprehensive MRL data are encouraged to consider paid subscriptions. These include the Standard, Professional, and Enterprise subscription options. Pricing and more details for each can be found here.

August 17, 2015

On August 26, 2015, users of the Global MRL Database will have new options for accessing free content.  Users within the United States looking to access global MRL data from a US exporting perspective will be able to do so through the following subscription:

  • International MRLs-US ViewPoint: This free subscription for users within the United States will continue to provide free and limited access to US MRLs and corresponding international MRLs

Users outside of the United States looking to access US MRLs will be able to do so through a different free subscription.

  • US MRLs: International users (non-US) will have free access to US MRLs only. MRLs for international markets (non-US) will no longer be available.

These two subscription options will replace the existing “ – Enhanced” subscription.

Premium Subscriptions

Subscribers who require more comprehensive MRL data are encouraged to consider one of our paid subscriptions. These premium packages include Standard, Professional, and Enterprise options. They provide unrestricted access to MRLs from a global viewpoint for over 800 pesticides, 700 commodities, and 100 countries. Paid subscriptions offer pending and proposed MRLs, regulation names and effective dates, the ability to save queries, and an MRL change report, email notifications, and other features and benefits.

For more information and pricing, please complete the Quote Request Form and a Global MRL Database sales representative will be in touch with you shortly.

July 27, 2015

On August 26, 2015, there will be significant changes made to the Global MRL Database that will affect users of the free subscription “” If you are a subscriber to this free subscription, these changes will affect how you use the database as well as the information displayed. 

On this date the free subscription will be replaced by two types of free access:

  1. United States (US) based users will continue to have free access to US MRLs and corresponding international MRLs, but the name of this free subscription will change to “International MRLs-US ViewPoint.”
  2. Users outside of the US will continue to have free access to US MRLs through a free “US MRLs” subscription.  However, MRLs for markets other than the US will no longer be available for users located outside of the US.

For subscribers who need a greater scope of MRL data than these free services, the Global MRL Database also offers paid subscriptions for three levels of access – Standard, Professional, and Enterprise.  See below for information on subscribing to these premium services.

Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Paid Subscriptions

If you are exporting commodities between countries other than the US, need to see MRLs from a global viewpoint without the limitations of the free subscriptions, or are interested in a greater scope of MRL regulatory information, the Global MRL Database also offers fee based subscriptions for three levels of access--Standard, Professional, and Enterprise.  Some of the additional information and features available include pending and proposed MRLs, regulation names, effective dates, an advanced Excel download, MRL change report, and email notifications. MRL regulations are available for over 800 pesticides and 700 commodities in more than 100 countries.

If you are interested in subscribing to one of our paid services.  It can be done in 3 easy steps:

  1. Complete the Quote Request Form.
  2. A Global MRL sales representative will be in touch to confirm your request, answer questions, and provide a quote.
  3. A subscription can be purchased by credit card or bank transfer.
May 21, 2013

Many U.S. agriculture, food, and beverage organizations have been following developments in Indonesia over the past 18 months that have threatened market access to that country.  As background, in January 2012, the Government of Indonesia began issuing a series of new regulations announcing significant changes to their import licensing procedures for horticultural goods.  While many of these regulations have since been revoked or amended, two regulations continue to impose restrictive policies on a number of imported horticultural products.  The United States and other trading partners have raised concerns that these policies are unfounded and, in fact, USTR recently challenged Indonesia's new import licensing measures at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The most recent Indonesian regulations concerning the importation of horticultural products were issued in late April 2013.  Ministry of Trade (MOT) Regulation 16/2013 replaces the previous MOT regulations 30 and 60, while Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Regulation 47/2013 replaces the previous MOA Regulation 60. 

Both regulations apply to 39 horticultural products, including certain fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, processed vegetables, dried fruits, jams and jellies, and fruit juices.  The full list of affected products can be found in the appendix of either regulation.  

Although many groups had hoped for significant revisions to the original import regulations, for the most part, the new regulations retain the requirements of previous legislation for the 39 listed products.  Registered importers still must obtain an import recommendation called “RIPH” from the Ministry of Agriculture before requesting import approval from the Ministry of Trade.  Per Regulation 47/2013, RIPHs are only issued twice a year, once for a period from January through June and another for a period from July through December.   Additionally, Regulation 16/2013 indicates that each shipment must undergo a pre-shipment technical survey and abide by specific packaging and labeling requirements.  Applications for importer registration as well as import approval must be submitted through INATRADE, Indonesia's online trade licensing system.

A new item introduced in MOA Regulation 47/2013 states that fresh horticultural products cannot be imported after six months from the date of harvest.  This six-month import limit does not apply to processed products.  MOA Regulation 47/2013 also requires packing house registration and GAP certificates.  Another new documentation requirement is MOT Regulation 16/2013's stipulation that importers must submit an “Import Realization Control Card” to declare the amount of product being imported into Indonesia.  This document must be submitted by the importer every month through the INATRADE system.

MOT Regulation 16/2013 and MOA Regulation 47/2013 will enter into force from the second semester of 2013 (July-December).  Importers will be able to request RIPH for this period as of May 29, 2013.

Further details on the requirements of the new regulations can be found in the following report from the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) Jakarta office.

The United States has requested a WTO dispute settlement panel concerning the trade restrictions arising from these new regulations.  Australia, China, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan will be participating in the panel as third parties.  The first meeting of the panel has yet to be announced.

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