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International Animal Export Regulations



If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.

Australia - Summary of Requirements


Australia's imports requirements for animals are available from the ICON database. At the search page, enter the following information:

  • Commodity Name - use appropriate name (i.e., cattle, bovine embryos, bovine semen, horses, etc.)
  • From Country - select "United States of America"
  • For end use - select "All End Uses"
  • Select the button "Search" and the database will retrieve the information requested

Dogs/Cats - Information on exporting dogs and cats to Australia may be found at:   http://www.daff.gov.au/biosecurity/cat-do

Effective December 2, 2013, Australia has implemented new import conditions for dogs and cats. Under the new conditions, the minimum post-arrival quarantine stay will be reduced from 30 days to 10 days. Import permits issued after 2 December 2013 will reflect the new conditions. Dogs and cats entering Australia as of 3 February 2014 will be subject to the new conditions.

Import permits obtained before December 2, 2013 will reflect the old conditions (30 day post-arrival quarantine). Dogs and cats entering Australia before February 3, 2014 will be subject to the old conditions
To learn more about the new import conditions for dogs and cats, visit the frequently asked questions page.


Equine Semen

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.


Last Modified: April 29, 2014