The USDA defines commercial birds as those birds which are imported for resale, breeding, public display, or any other purpose, except pet birds, zoological birds, research birds, or performing or theatrical birds. Shipments of birds that contain six or more are considered commercial.
Note: The U.S. imposes prohibitions to import commercial birds from some countries. The list of countries can be found HERE.
Note: An import permit will not be issued until quarantine arrangements have been finalized.
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In the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulates the importation of birds protected by the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 (WBCA). These regulations are part of an international conservation effort to protect some species of wild birds subject to trade. Most non-native U.S. pet birds including parrots, parakeets, macaws, lories, and cockatoos are affected by CITES and the WBCA. However, the budgerigar, cockatiel, and rose-ringed parakeets and peach-faced lovebirds are exempt.Visit the FWS web site at: http://permits.fws.gov/ to obtain more information and the permit application, if applicable. If you have questions, contact the FWS at (800) 358-2104. Calls from outside the U.S. should use (703) 358-2104. Birds arriving at U.S. ports of entry may need to be inspected by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Inspectors. The following web link lists U.S. Wildlife Inspection Offices. Importers with birds regulated by the USFWS should reach out to the office assigned to the port prior to U.S. arrival of birds.
301-851-3300, Option 2 (phone)