Importation of Dogs for Resale Purposes:
In 2008, Congress added a new section to the AWA involving the importation of certain dogs. As amended, the AWA now prohibits the importation of live dogs into the United States for resale purposes, unless the USDA determines that the dogs are in good health, have received all necessary vaccinations, and are at least 6 months of age. The AWA further provides that the USDA, by regulation, must provide an exception to these requirements for dogs imported for research purposes or veterinary treatment. The AWA also provides an exception to the 6-month age requirement for dogs that are lawfully imported into Hawaii from the British Isles, Australia, Guam, or New Zealand, provided the dogs are not transported out of Hawaii for purposes of resale at less than 6 months of age. In 2014, the USDA’s Animal Care program established specific regulations (9 C.F.R. §§ 2.150-2.153) under this section of the AWA for the importation of dogs.
Materials are posted on this webpage to provide all interested parties with relevant information. In addition to meeting Animal Care’s requirements, individuals and businesses who import dogs into the United States may need to comply with other applicable Federal, state, and local laws and regulations. We encourage you to read through these materials to gain an understanding of the regulations and, if you import dogs into the United States, determine whether you may need to request an application for an import permit from Animal Care.