Semen and Embryos from Non-Regulated Species Including Dogs

Semen and Embryos from Non-Regulated Species Including Dogs

Importing semen and other germplasm from species not regulated by USDA APHIS VS

APHIS regulated germplasm shipments requiring permits and regulated import conditions include:  cattle, sheep, goats and other ruminants; swine; horses, asses, zebras; birds and poultry.

Germplasm includes semen, embryos and tissues for cloning.


An import permit is not necessary for import of dog germplasm into the United States, or import of germplasm from other non-regulated species.

The valid certificate should be issued by an authorized official veterinarian from the exporting country and must state the species of origin to validate that the semen is not sourced from any regulated species listed above.

The species of origin information should also be documented on any of the following:  manifests, invoices, foreign producer/shipper statements on letterhead or other shipping documents. The documentation should be available for review upon shipment arrival at the U.S. port and not be placed inside the shipping container.


For questions please contact:

USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services NIES
4700 River Road Unit 39
Riverdale, MD 20737
301.851.3300 Option 2

VS.Live.Animals.Import.Permits@aphis.usda.gov

Semen containers and tanks originating from Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) affected regions should be disinfected at the airport in the exporting country prior to departure and again upon arrival in the first U.S. port of entry. An APHIS inspector will oversee the disinfection of the container or tank to ensure that the outside of all semen containers/tanks are thoroughly treated.


List of countries/regions that USDA-APHIS considers to be free of FMD

Other federal agencies, including Centers for Disease Control and Fish and Wildlife Service, may have additional requirements for semen of some species. Additional information may be found here: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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