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Import: Bring Live Animals Into the United States

There are many different processes involved with importing different species of regulated live animals into the United States, including guidelines and regulations, permits and certification, and associated user fees.

Application Process for Live Animal Import Permits*: Importers may submit an online application for an import or transit permit for APHIS-regulated live animals and their reproductive tissue (genetic resources) (VS Form 17-129) through ePermits.

* Allow 7-10 business days to process a live animal import permit application.

** Also check with individual state(s) regarding specific laws for the species of animal you wish to import **

Approved Immediate Slaughter Facilities is a comprehensive listing of slaughter plants inspected and approved by USDA APHIS to receive the listed livestock from Canada or Mexico for “Direct to Slaughter” purposes.


Import Notice - Live Animal Import and Transit Permits

TRAVEL ADVISORY Information for Travelers Who Visit Farms or Come Into Contact with Animals in Other Countries. U.S. citizens and international visitors who visit a farm or make contact with live animals in another country may unknowingly spread potentially devastating animal diseases. Learn more


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Ruminants & Germplasm

Bison | Camelids | Cattle | Cervids | Goats | Sheep | Water Buffalo | Yak

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information related to imports of live animals, birds, or germplasm, please call (301) 851-3300, Option #2, or send an email to:

If you are traveling with your pet, please visit the APHIS Pet Travel Website.
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