National Pesticide Information Center



International Pesticide Regulations

Different countries have different regulations, requirements and legal limits in relation to pesticides. Because of this, products or pesticides in the channels of trade may be subject to pesticide regulations from both the importing and the exporting countries.

Allowable Pesticide Residues on Commodities

Most countries, including the Unites States, regulate the amount of pesticide residue allowed on a given crop. The amount of pesticide residue allowed on a crop in one country may not be the same as the amount allowed on the same crop in another country. Imported crops are generally subject to the regulations of the country accepting the crop. Importers with questions about crop residues should contact the Regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office representing the location where the import will enter into the Unites States for assistance.

Import and Export of Pesticides

The EPA regulates the import and export of pesticide products in the United States.

  • Any pesticide produced in a foreign nation must first be registered with the EPA before it can be imported into the United States.
  • When EPA-registered pesticides are exported, they must be shipped with EPA-approved labels. The receiving country may require additional labeling to accompany the shipment.
  • Some pesticides that are not EPA-registered may be manufactured in the U.S. and shipped to foreign nations.

If you have more questions about the international regulation of pesticides, contact your Regional EPA Office, call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated June 22, 2015