If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the
VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).
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Japan - Summary of Requirements for Animals
SPECIES - MOST RECENT UPDATE
Additional requirements for swine - Certification statements: "There has been no clinical evidence of PED on the premises of origin of the live swine animals for export for at least 12 months prior to the start of export isolation." Test requirements during export isolation: "PED: PCR test using fresh feces with negative result"
Swine - Protocol - March 2012 (pdf 22kb)
Swine - Health Certificate - March 2012 (pdf 31kb)
Swine Semen - Health Certificate - March 2011 (pdf 34kb)
As of September 24, 2014 additional requirements for PED must be included for swine semen.
Dogs and Cats:
Note: As of January 5, 2015, Japan has banned the importation of all poultry and birds from the state of Washington
Note: As of December 20, 2014, Japan has banned the importation of all poultry and birds from the state of Oregon.
Note: As of December 10, 2014, Japan has banned the importation of all poultry and birds from the state of Michigan.
Note: As of January 19, 2015, Japan has banned the importation of all poultry and birds from the state of Idaho.
The following statement must appear on health certificates for live birds to Japan:
"The exported bird [or birds] has [or have] not been raised in any HPAI affected country for at least 90 days before shipment or since its [or their] hatching."
"Poultry" includes domestic fowl, ducks, turkeys, quail, geese, pheasant, and guinea fowl
- (pdf 37kb) Poultry/bird quarantine facility information: Pallets must be sprayed and disinfected for poultry/ hatching eggs and day-old chicks for import and transit
Commercial Pet Rodents
Note: Japan has banned the importation of Prairie Dogs as of March 1, 2003
Regarding Japan's requirements can be found here:
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.