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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).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Russian Federation - Summary of Requirements for Animals


ALERT:  At Russia’s request, USDA is negotiating new certification statements regarding bluetongue disease (BT) for cattle and small ruminants.  Russia has requested quarantine in manners that control exposure to the BT competent vector and has also asked for BT testing.  APHIS is developing a counter proposal.  APHIS expects to use the current bilingual veterinary health certificates posted below with an addendum for the additional BT requirements.

Until negotiations are complete, it is not clear to USDA what Russia will require.  U.S. exporters wishing to pursue trade in the interim should contact Dr. Jill Wallace at 301-851-3356


Effective August 27, 2014, there is a temporary restriction on animals from CO and TX due to the ongoing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis.  Russia has prohibited the US export of horses or other single-hoofed ungulates, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and semen and embryos of these species. Also included in the restriction are wild, zoo and circus animals susceptible to vesicular stomatitis


Effective September 5, 2012, Russia has banned US export of horses, cattle, sheep, swine and semen and embryos from donors in Mora Country, NM.




  • Mink - Health Certificate- January 2013 (pdf 133kb)


Effective December 17, 2014, Russia has imposed a temporary restriction on US export of live poultry, day-old chicks and hatching eggs from the state of Washington.  Russia has requested that all veterinary health certificates for chicks and eggs, not from the state of Washington, include the language “not from the state of Washington” under section 4.1.  This may be typed or written by hand by an accredited veterinarian or by USDA APHIS and also include the signature of the USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer in the margin stamped over with the USDA seal.


Effective July 17, 2014, all exports of hatching eggs to the Russian Federation must be pre-notified by APHIS.  Ask your APHIS VS service center to send scanned copies of the endorsed veterinary health certificates to notification-us@fsvps.ru from an e-mail account that ends in “@aphis.usda.gov.”  This information must be sent on-line to the e-mail address above before the shipment arrives in Russia.  Starting on July 17, 2014, shipments arriving at Russian Federation entry points without the electronic pre-notification by APHIS will be returned, by Russia, to the sender.

Sheep and Goats


Effective 5/30/14, Russia has banned import of live pigs from the United States due to the detection of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED).



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