Effective March 17, 2014
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION #1116
Non-infectious or inactivated bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and their genetic materials.
In the case of inactivated Foot and Mouth Disease virus or Rinderpest virus, importers must apply for a USDA import permit and include the method of inactivation.
Microorganisms are potentially subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and must be cleared by USDA inspectors at the port of arrival before entry into the United States is authorized. A USDA permit is required for any microorganism that is known to cause infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases of livestock or poultry. However, non-pathogenic or inactivated bacteria, viruses, algae, or yeast (fungi) or non-infectious genetic material may be imported into the country, or transported interstate without USDA veterinary permit restrictions.
Import requirements for organisms and vectors may be obtained by contacting USDA, APHIS, VS, National Center for Import and Export, 4700 River Road, Unit 2, mail stop 22, Riverdale, MD 20737, Telephone (301) 851-3300, Option 3, Fax (301) 734-3652, Email address email@example.com.
A USDA veterinary import permit will not be required for specimens if the following is provided in the shipping documents:
This information should be supplied as statements on producer/shipper letterhead in a clear and concise manner and be available for review by the USDA Inspector at the Portof Arrival. We recommend that a separate memo or letter be included with the shipping documents, such as U.S. Customs declaration and invoice. Do not put documents INSIDE shipping containers.
Please instruct your shippers to provide this information.
If the above information is not supplied, the shipment may be subject to delays. If the material to be imported cannot meet these criteria, then a USDA import permit may be required.
Permit applications may be obtained several ways: