Guidelines for the Importation of Cattle (ruminants) into the United States (except from Canada and Mexico)
Cattle from countries affected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) OR foot-and-mouth disease (FMD, OR rinderpest are not permitted to be imported into the United States (see Country Disease List).
** These are general requirements for importing cattle into the United States. You are advised to contact the National Import and Export Services at 301-851-3300 for the protocol to import cattle from a specific country.
How to Obtain a USDA Import Permit and Reserve Space at a Animal Import Center
You must obtain an import permit from our office. You may call our office and request a fax copy of the import permit application at 301-851-3300 or download a copy from this web site. If a quarantine is required, you must reserve quarantine space at one to the USDA Animal Import Centers (AIC) listed below:
New York AIC
Rock Tavern, New York
Los Angeles AIC
The Official Health Certificate must state:
Before leaving the country of origin the following conditions must be met:
The animals must be tested twice during the 60 days prior to export with negative results to:
The animals will be tested again for these diseases while in quarantine in the United States. Animals that test positive will be refused entry; animals considered exposed will undergo further evaluation as needed to determine eligibility for entry.
How to Contact Us
For additional information about importing cattle into the United States, please contact us at:
USDA, APHIS, VS
National Import and Export Services
4700 River Road, Unit 39
Riverdale, MD 20737