Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pesticides are established in most countries to safeguard consumer health and to promote Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) in the use of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and other agricultural compounds. Before you can export tea to any country, you must comply with the MRLs they have set. This is a condition of market access.

Find MRL requirements for destination markets

Most of the links in this table direct to external websites officially updated on a regular basis. However, TRF does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. You should also check relevant trading partner legislation before exporting your product.

Links to MRLs and/or legislation

Country Source Notes
Australia FSANZ Food Standards Code🔗

Schedule 20🔗
MRLs are given in Schedule 20.
Brazil ANVISA Pesticide Monographs🔗 MRLs included in the ANVISA pesticide “Monografias Autorizadas”.
Canada PMRA MRL Database🔗

Searchable MRL Database
PMRA Consultations🔗

Proposed MRLs are the ‘PMRL’ series.
Chile Chile Legislation🔗 MRLs are in Resolution 581 (1999) – as updated by Chilean Ministry of Health.
Costa Rica SFE MRL Webpage🔗 MRLs are in RTCR 424-2008, as updated by SFE.
European Union EU Pesticides Database🔗
Searchable database of pesticide MRLs and active substance authorisations.
EU MRL Legislation🔗 .
GCC GSO Standards Store🔗 A list of GCC Standards (available for purchase). Search for “maximum limits”.
Hong Kong CFS MRL Database🔗 Searchable MRL Database.
India FSSAI Legislation🔗 MRLs are listed in the “Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulation, 2011. (See Compendium for updates).
Indonesia Indonesia E-Legislation website🔗 Select ‘Nomor’ as search key and search for the “KR.040” set of regulations.
Israel MARD (PPIS) Data Bank🔗 Select “Search” to access the Pesticide Residues database
Japan FFCR website🔗 See “MRLs List” for a database of MRLs (searchable).
Korea MFDS MRL database🔗 MRL database (searchable). Also includes relevant Codex MRLs, and Import MRL information.
Malaysia MOH FSQ Legislation🔗 Select “Perundangan”. MRLs are in the Food Regulations 1985, see the linked Schedules (Schedule 16).
New Caledonia DAVAR Pesticides webpage🔗 MRLs are listed in “La deliberation no. 113/CP du 18 Octobre 1996”.
New Zealand MRLs for agricultural compounds🔗 MRLs are listed in “Maximum residue levels (MRLs) for agricultural compounds - Food notice”. 
Russian Federation Rospotrebnadzor legal texts🔗
Search for document series ‘1.2.3111-13’
Requirements for pesticides (EU webpage)🔗
Sngapore SFA Legislation webpage🔗 See Sale of Food Act and the 9th Schedule in the associated Food Regulations.
South Africa South Africa Govt.🔗 Search for ‘Foodstuffs pesticide’.
Switzerland Federal Council portal🔗 DFI MRL Ordinance (817 series). 
Taiwan FDA Laws & Regulations🔗 See Standards for Pesticide Residue Limits in Foods.
USA GPO Federal Digital System🔗 MRLs are in e-CFR, Part 40, Section 180
UK The GB MRL statutory Register🔗 MRLs applicable in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Vietnam Vietnam Law website🔗
Search Title for ‘TT-BYT maximum residue’.
Vietnam Law website – English version🔗 An MoH Circular is available for purchase in English through this webpage.