Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from which the animal or product will be exported, the area in which your office is located, or the area in which the product is manufactured.

Animal Products

Live Animals

Australia - Summary of Requirements for Animal

Australia’s import conditions for live animals are available on their Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) website.


     USDA, APHIS must endorse each page of the: 


In addition to the export health certificate, Australia requires an Appendix B certificate when the horse has been in the country of export for less than 60 days. APHIS can only endorse Appendix B for the period of time (during the 60 days before export from a foreign country to Australia) that the horse spent in the United States. Appendix B can be issued retroactively if required.

 Appendix B 

Equine Semen

Beginning August 28, 2017, Australia will be issuing import permits with updated administrative conditions and will reissue any current valid permits. There are no changes to the veterinary health certificate. The administrative condition regarding validity of test results will be amended as follows:


Disease testing is valid from the date of entry to the collection center until a maximum of 180 days from the date the sample was collected for a single test, or the date of the final test in that series (e.g. CEM) providing:

1. The stallion remains continuously resident at the collection center.

2. The center remains under the supervision of the Official Government Veterinarian.

3. All horses at the collection center remain free from evidence of infectious or contagious disease.

4. While resident at the collection center, the stallion only has contact with horses of equivalent health status, as verified by testing.

5. The stallion has not been mated by natural service after entering the collection center and during the collection period.


If any of the above provisions cease to apply or if more than 180 days have passed since the sample collection date, the stallion and all in contact horses at the collection center must be retested in accordance with Australian import conditions.


The disease testing clauses used for the semen collection period for this consignment must be indicated on the veterinary certificate, along with test types, dates and results. For semen collection periods longer than 180 days, this must include all retesting.


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For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.

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