National Pesticide Information Center



International Pesticide Regulations

Different countries have different pesticide regulations. They include limits for pesticide residues on food, product registration requirements, and pesticide use restrictions. Because of these differences, pesticides in international trade can be subject to pesticide regulations from multiple 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 amount allowed on the same crop in another country. Imported crops are often subject to the regulations of the country accepting the crop.

Importing and Exporting Pesticides

If you import or export pesticides to and from the United States, consider these important tips:

  • 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.
  • ome pesticides that are not EPA-registered may be manufactured in the U.S. and shipped to foreign nations.
  • State regulations for the sale and use of pesticides can be more restrictive than federal regulations in the United States.

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 February 22, 2016