Biological products produced in other countries may be imported into the United States for research and evaluation, transit shipment, or general sale and distribution, in accordance with Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 104. APHIS Form 2005 (PDF 94KB) is used to apply for an import permit for any of these purposes. Submit applications for Permits for Distribution and Sale to:
Center for Veterinary Biologics
1920 Dayton Avenue
P.O. Box 844
Ames, IA 50010
Products imported under a Permit for Distribution and Sale must meet the same requirements as those required for licensed (domestically produced) products. A U.S. permittee (business in the U.S. or individual residing, or operating a business, in the U.S.) is required to assume legal responsibility for imported products. See Veterinary Services Memorandum 800.101 (PDF 68KB)for additional guidance.
Submit applications for a Veterinary Biological Permit for Research and Evaluation, or a Permit for Transit Shipment electronically via the APHIS e-permit system. Note that you only need an eAuthentication account with a Level 1 authentication to apply through e-permits.
For more information or questions on submitting an application contact CVB at 301-851-3609.
Veterinary Biological Product Permit for Research and Evaluation are valid for one year cannot be renewed. You need to re-apply yearly and receive a new permit.
The Center for Veterinary Biologics issues export permits and certificates of licensing and inspection to facilitate the export of licensed veterinary biological products. See Veterinary Services Memorandum 800.52 (PDF 16KB) for guidance regarding requests for these export documents.
For information on exportation of other animal products, please refer to the National Import and Export Services (NIES) page.
The following forms are available:
Export permits -- APHIS Form 2017 (PDF 79KB)
Certificates of Licensing and Inspection