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Pet Food/Animal Feed
(including chews, treats, and supplements) and their Ingredients
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION #1119
Materials derived from animals, or produced with animal-origin ingredients are potentially subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) import regulations and must be cleared by Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel upon arrival at the U.S. port. A USDA Veterinary Services (VS) Import Permit is required for animal material that may pose a risk of introducing epizootic livestock or poultry diseases exotic to the United States. However, pet food/animal feed (including chews, treats, and supplements) and their ingredients, including rawhide and antler for use as chews/treats may be imported without a USDA VS Import Permit provided the conditions of this guideline are met.
1. Pet food/animal feed (including chews, treats, supplements) and their ingredients are allowed entry without a VS Import Permit from regions which are free of, and have no Special Restrictions (SR) for, the following diseases; Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), Newcastle Disease (END), Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), African Swine Fever (ASF), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), and Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD) when accompanied by an original health certificate, signed by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health in the exporting region which states the following:
IMPORTANT: Imported pet food/animal feed products (including chews, treats, and supplements) containing plant materials may be subject to regulations enforced by USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). Please contact (301) 851-2046 for more information.
2. Plain rawhide intended for use as pet chews/treats (may be cut, molded, or in sheets) which has not been ground, flavored, basted, colored, or otherwise processed is allowed entry without a VS Import Permit subject to inspection by CBP personnel at the U.S. port of arrival.
Rawhide which does not meet the above requirements (e.g., is not plain rawhide) must be accompanied by a USDA VS Import Permit.
3. Antlers intended for use as pet chews/treats originating from a region free of FMD and Rinderpest are allowed entry without a VS Import Permit when accompanied by an original health certificate, signed by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health in the exporting region which states the following:
Permit applications may be obtained several ways:
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