There are many different processes involved with importing different species of live animals into the United States. View the pages below to learn more about these processes, including the guidelines and regulations, permits and certification, and associated user fees.
For better service, importers (or other applicants seeking to import live animals, semen or embryos) may submit applications to the National Center for Import and Export via a dedicated email address:
Online Submission Process for Live Animal Import Permits
Importers with an existing Level 2 eAuthentication can now access ePermits to create and submit a completed application (VS Form 17-129) for an import or transit permit for APHIS-regulated live animals and their germplasm (genetic resources). For instructions on how to obtain a Level 2 eAuthentication authorization, and for additional information about electronic submissions, please go to http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/permits/
Information Regarding the Newcastle and Avian Influenza Vaccination Status of Imported Shipments of Birds, Poultry or Eggs for Hatching
Under an APHIS regulation that became effective January 24, 2011, live avians (and the flocks of origin for hatching eggs) that are imported into the U.S. may now be vaccinated against Newcastle disease (avian paramyxovirus). Vaccination against Newcastle disease is an elective option and is not a requirement for import. However, if importers elect to import avians (or hatching eggs from vaccinated flocks) that have been vaccinated against Newcastle disease, the vaccination must occur at least 21 days prior to importation, Vaccines containing velogenic strains of Newcastle disease may not be used. Regardless of vaccination status, live avians or hatching eggs must test negative for Newcastle disease (all strains) by a virus isolation test at the time of entry. Any shipments found to be positive for Newcastle disease by virus isolation will be refused entry into the United States.
Also under APHIS’ new regulations, avians (and flocks of origin for hatching eggs) may not be vaccinated against any H5 and H7 subtypes of avian influenza.
Health certificates that accompany imported live avian shipments must indicate that:
The health certificates that accompany hatching egg shipments must indicate that:
Cattle and Other Ruminants
Importing Horses from Countries Affected with Screwworm
Foot and Mouth Disease
Fish, Fertilized Eggs, and Gametes - At the current time, APHIS is developing certain import restrictions that will apply to shipments of live fish, fertilized eggs or gametes from SVC-susceptible species that are imported to the United States. Please contact Dr. Peter Merrill at the USDA APHIS VS National Center for Import and Export, 301-734-0649, for more information.
Last Modified: May 24, 2013