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Non-Pathogenic Microorganisms (and their
Effective April 14, 1998
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION #1116
environmental or water organisms, such as algae.
Microorganisms are potentially subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and must be cleared by USDA inspectors at the port of arrival before entry into the United States is authorized. A USDA permit is required for any microorganism that is known to cause infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases of livestock or poultry. However, non-pathogenic bacteria, viruses, algae, or yeast (fungi) may be imported into the country without USDA veterinary restrictions.
Import requirements for plant pathogens may be obtained
by contacting Biological Assessment and Taxonomic Support, USDA, APHIS, PPQ,
A USDA veterinary import permit will not be required for specimens if the following is provided in the shipping documents:
This information should be supplied as statements on producer/shipper
letterhead in a clear and concise manner and be available for review by the
USDA Inspector at the Portof
Please instruct your shippers to provide this information.
If the above information is not supplied, the shipment may
be subject to delays. If the material to be imported cannot meet these criteria,
then a USDA import permit may be required.
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