The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines poultry as chickens, doves, ducks, geese, grouse, guinea fowl, partridges, pea fowl, pheasants, pigeons, quail, swans, and turkeys (including hatching eggs of these species).
Hatching eggs imported from these countries are not required to be quarantined. However, the hatching eggs must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate issued by a national government veterinarian of the exporting country as well as by a USDA import permit. Follow this link to determine which countries the USDA considers to be free from Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND): Animal Health Status of Regions
Under the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, widely referred to as Brexit, the UK ratified withdrawing from the EU and, on February 1, 2020, the UK formally left the EU. As a result, it has become necessary to update our regulations to reflect this change. APHIS-defined European Poultry Trade Region (EPTR) consist of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales), Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Republic of), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
A model health certificate for hatching eggs originating in the EPTR is provided and must have either of the following statements:
In addition to the required veterinary health certificate listed in section one and the USDA import permit, importation of hatching eggs from countries not designated by the USDA to be free of vND are restricted as follows:
Note: An import permit will not be issued until quarantine arrangements have been finalized.
301-851-3300, Option 2 (phone)