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.
Animal Products to Turkey
*** Important Reminder - May 2014 ***
As noted on the International Animal Products Export Regulations Home page: The exporter should obtain any required certificates prior to shipping. Most countries will not accept certificates issued after consignments have shipped. Exporters are responsible for confirming prior to shipment that they have all certification required for the consignment.
This is especially true for consignments being exported to the Republic of Turkey. The Turkish Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock will not permit the entry of commodities when accompanied by a health certificate endorsed after the date the Bill of Lading indicates the product was shipped.
The government of Turkey issues a "control certificate" to the importer of animal products for each lot of product shipped. While Turkey requires that the control certificate be issued by Turkey prior to product shipping from the United States, our understanding is that this requirement is not enforced. Therefore, it is highly recommended that exporters not ship product until the Turkish importer has obtained the control certificate. However, Veterinary Services will not require verification of the control certificate prior to issuing export certificates. Our understanding is that once the control certificate is issued, it is an indication that the products will be allowed to clear customs in Turkey, and could otherwise be subject to any new requirement(s) implemented by Turkey after the product was shipped. Turkey has confirmed that no US Government sanitary certificate is required prior to the issuance of the control certificate if the control certificate is issued prior to shipment. Our understanding is that in order to obtain the control certificate, Turkey requires the importer to agree that he or she will provide a valid health certificate.
** APRIL 2013 UPDATE **
Certificates for the export of animal products to Turkey must be printed on:
export products enhanced security paper; and
Current version of the VS Form 16-4 (March 2010), OR
For letterhead certificates the letterhead of VS Office issuing the certificate.
Turkey does not require certificates foranimal products to be issued within 48 hours prior to shipment
Turkey recognizes the following periods of validity for export certificates for animal products:
Products ship by air - certificate is valid for 7 days from the date of endorsement
Products shipped by sea - certificates is valid for 60 days from the date of endorsement