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Permits and Certifications

APHIS issues permits for the import, transit and release of regulated animals, animal products, veterinary biologics, plants, plant products, pests, organisms, soil, and genetically engineered organisms.

ePermits is a web-based system that allows users to submit import /interstate movement/transit/release permit applications, track applications, apply for renewals and amendments, and receive copies of their permits.

APHIS also issues some certifications as a service to United States exporters.  

Animal and Animal Products

Includes live animals, semen, embryos and materials derived from animals or exposed to animal-source materials such as animal tissues, blood, cells or cell lines of livestock or poultry origin, RNA/DNA extracts, hormones, enzymes, microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. In addition, animal materials including dairy products (except butter and cheese), and meat products (e.g., meat pies, prepared foods) from countries with livestock diseases exotic to the U.S.

If you are importing a pet dog or cat, please do not apply for an import permit and contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for requirements.

If you are importing dog (a) for resale, whether through commercial sale or adoption, please contact USDA APHIS Animal Care.

Biotechnology Permits

Includes genetically engineered organisms considered to be regulated articles.

Veterinary Biologics

Includes vaccines, bacterins, antisera, diagnostic kits, and other products of biological origin.

 

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