APHIS' mission is to safeguard the health of our nation's agricultural resources. Our many animal health experts work closely with other federal agencies, states, foreign governments, industry and professional groups, and others to enhance international trade and cooperation while preventing the introduction of dangerous and costly pests and diseases.
USDA-APHIS is charged with several critical tasks relating to Imports and Exports, including:
APHIS restricts some animals and animal products from entering the United States because of the animal health situation in the region of origin. In general, restrictions based on the APHIS-recognized animal health status of the region are issued through the regulatory process. A region can be (a) a national entity (country); (b) part of a national entity (zone, county, Province, State, etc.); (c) parts of several national entities combined into an area; or (d) a group of national entities (countries) combined into a single area. The following links provides a list of the USDA-recognized animal health status of particular countries and regions, organized by specific livestock or poultry diseases.
Animal Health Statuses of Regions
View a list of APHIS-recognized animal health statuses of regions regarding specific animal diseases or pests, or acceptable commodities.
The Import Animal Products team conducts permitting for the importation of animal products and by-products, regulatory and policy development, international protocol negotiations, field collaboration, and inter-agency collaboration. Other items of interest that can be found on this site include but are not limited to the following:
If you have questions or desire further information related to Importing Animal products or by-products, please contact Animal Products Imports and Exports at (301) 851-3300 option 4 or email APIE@USDA.GOV
Regulates the importation of organisms and vectors of pathogenic diseases of livestock and poultry into the United States.
If you have questions or desire further information related to Organisms and Vectors please contact the OV staff at (301) 851-3300 option 4 or email APIE@USDA.GOV
View the process for obtaining an import permit for veterinary biologics.