Effective October, 1998 (revised June 28, 2007)
GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION #1114
microbes (bacteria, viruses, yeasts/fungi), proteins, hormones, extracts, plasmids, DNA, RNA.
materials produced by cell culture techniques.
Materials derived from any animal or produced with animal products or extracts of microorganisms are potentially subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and must be cleared by USDA inspectors at the port of arrival before entry into the
A USDA veterinary import permit will not be required for recombinant microbes or their products if the following is provided in the shipping documents:
The above information should be supplied with each shipment in a clear and concise manner and be available for review by the USDA Inspector at the port of arrival. We recommend that a separate memorandum or letter be included with the shipping documents, such as U.S. Customs declaration and invoice.
Please instruct your shippers to provide this information.
If the above information is not supplied, the shipment will be subject to delays. If the material to be imported cannot meet these criteria, a USDA import permit may be required.
Permit applications may be obtained several ways:
*The term, livestock, includes any bovine, ovine, caprine, porcine, and equine animal