GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION #1122
Materials derived from animals, or produced with animal-origin ingredients, are potentially subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and must be cleared by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at the port of arrival before entry into the United States is authorized. A USDA Veterinary Service (VS) Import Permit is required for animal origin material that may pose a risk of introducing epizootic livestock or poultry diseases exotic to the United States. However, articles containing vitamins and/or minerals derived from porcine gelatin or sheep wool grease as their ONLY animal-origin ingredients may be imported without a USDA VS Import Permit provided the conditions of this guideline are met.
*IMPORTANT: Imported products containing plant materials may be subject to regulations enforced by
USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). Please contact (301) 851-2046 for more information.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also regulates the importation of animal feeds and ingredients intended for incorporation into animal feeds. FDA should be contacted regarding their import requirements:
FDA, Division of Import Operations and Policy, HFC-170
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 796-0356
Web address: http://www.fda.gov/ora/import/
Most commercially derived vitamins and minerals are synthetically produced from non-animal origin ingredients. Exceptions include vitamin D3, vitamin A, and dicalcium phosphate.
A USDA VS Import Permit will NOT be required for articles containing vitamin A derived from porcine gelatin, vitamins coated with porcine gelatin, or vitamin D3 derived from sheep wool grease as the only animal origin ingredients.
Articles containing the above referenced materials as the only animal origin ingredients will be allowed entry without a USDA VS Import Permit only when the shipment is accompanied by an official certificate issued by a full-time, salaried veterinarian of the national government of the country of export certifying that the article(s) contain vitamin A derived from porcine gelatin, vitamins coated with porcine gelatin, and/or vitamin D3 derived from sheep wool grease as the only animal-origin ingredients.
An official government certificate endorsed by a full-time, salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health of the country of export must accompany the shipment in order to prevent shipments from being delayed at ports of arrival. If the material to be imported cannot meet the criteria outlined in this guideline, a USDA VS Import Permit is required.
USDA Veterinary Service Import Permit applications may be obtained several ways:
1. On-line at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/permits/
2. By writing/faxing to:
USDA, APHIS, VS
National Center for Import and Export
4700 River Road, Unit 40
Riverdale, MD 20737
(301) 851-3300 telephone
(301) 734-6402 fax