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Import: Bring Live Animals Into the United States

Select from the list below for import requirement information:


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. 

Live Animal Import Permits: Applicants may submit import permit applications, VS Form 17-129, to 
Strategy and Policy at:

Live Animal Import Permits 
USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services 
Strategy and Policy
4700 River Rd. Unit 39 
Riverdale, MD 20737

For faster service, importers (or other applicants seeking to import live animals, semen or embryos) may submit applications to Strategy and Policy at VS.Live.Animals.Import.Permits@aphis.usda.gov.

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

VS form 17-129  


Online Submission Process for Live Animal Import Permits: 
Importers with an existing Level 2 eAuthentication may access ePermits to create and submit a completed application (VS Form 17-129) for an import or transit permit for APHIS-regulated live animals and their reproductive tissue (genetic resources). For instructions on how to obtain a Level 2 eAuthentication authorization, and for additional 
information about electronic submissions, click here.

Important Updates

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

Contact Us: If you have any questions, or require further information related to imports of live animals, birds or germplasm, please contact Strategy and Policy at (301) 851-3300, option#2 or send an email to VS.Live.Animal.Import.Export@aphis.usda.gov.

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