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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


ONLINE CERTIFICATE INFORMATION (VEHCS) = DIGITAL SIGNATURE ACCEPTED FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES

USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Digital Signature Accepted
APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Varies by species-See below

Details: For certain commodities, health certificates may be issued electronically by the USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). The APHIS embossed seal is not required.

For all other commodities, USDA Accredited Veterinarians may issue health certificates electronically through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). Health certificates must then be printed and require the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer’s original signature with the application of the APHIS embossed seal.

NOTE: A printed paper copy of the completed health certificate must accompany each shipment.

New to VEHCS? USDA Accredited Veterinarians can create an account HERE

Need Help? Click HERE to view step-by-step guides for using VEHCS, or contact the dedicated VEHCS Help Line

Canada - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals

At this time, APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Digital Signature is ONLY accepted for shipments of breeding and feeder cattle through the ports of Sweetgrass, MT/Coutts, AB, Eastport, ID/Kingsgate, BC, Sumas, WA/Abbotsford-Huntington, BC, Oroville, WA/Osoyoos, BC.

For all other commodities, USDA Accredited Veterinarians may issue health certificates electronically through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). Health certificates must then be printed and require the APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer’s original signature with the application of the APHIS embossed seal.


Cattle

Sheep and Goats

Cervidae


Other Ruminants

Aquatic Animals

Link to USDA-APHIS approved laboratories

Annex 1 - Diagnostic Methods for Exports to Canada - December 2012

Annex 2 - Sample Collection - December 2012 

Honeybees

  • Honeybees - Protocol for Hawaii - April 2011 
  • Honeybees - Health Certificate for Hawaii - April 2011 
  • Honeybees - Protocol for Cont. US - February 2011
  • Honeybees - Health Certificate for Cont. US - February 2011 


Horses: there are only TWO classifications of U.S. origin live horses destined for Canada:

  • Horses (breeding/rearing/competition/racing) **PLEASE NOTE: this option includes all horses entering Canada for purposes other than slaughter. All horses traveling as personal pets, for recreation, etc. are included in this option, regardless of intention for use as a breeding animal**

USDA Health certificate options:

    1. Paper certificate (mail-in) – Protocol and Fillable Health Certificate– Additional Animal Identification Table Page (if needed)- Additional Animal Photo Page (if needed)- November 2016

    2. Create and submit certificate online- use electronic submission

PLEASE NOTE: When submitting certificates for live horses (non-slaughter) to Canada through VEHCS, please select the intended use of breeding/rearing OR competition/racing. The breeding/rearing option includes all horses traveling as personal pets, for recreation, etc., regardless of intention for use as a breeding animal. 

Other Notes:

      • In addition to the fillable form and online submission, Canada will also accept both the VS 17-145 , and VS 17-140 forms (these forms require an addendum to include all necessary statements for Canada) for shipments.

      • For Canadian horses returning to Canada on a Canadian health certificate, a supplemental certification document will be provided by the CFIA endorsing office when advised of intended return. The supplemental certification will need to be attached to the Canadian health certificate after completion and endorsed by USDA before return of the horse(s) to Canada. Canadian horses returning to Canada exported to the United States for exhibition or pleasure purposes require an Owner's Declaration included in the supplemental certification. The Owner's Declaration does not need to be endorsed by USDA.

      • For information about U.S. horses transiting to/from Alaska from the lower 48, including horses transiting through Canada, click here.

      • Addendum to Health Certificate for Temporary Export of Horses to the European Union Intended for Re-export to Canada in Less Than 60 Days -April 2017  

(if needed)-  Additional Animal Photo Page(if needed)- April 2016

    • In addition to the fillable form, Canada will also accept both the VS 17-145  and VS 17-140 forms (these forms require an addendum to include all necessary statements for Canada) for shipments.

    • Effective January 31, 2010, Canada published (in their web site) new requirements and information for equine owners for equines intended to slaughter.

    • An Equine Certification Document signed by a Veterinarian accredited in the USA must accompany live equine imported from the USA for slaughter. Click here for the Equine Certification Document.

    • Effective January 1, 2012, all shipments of feeder and slaughter horses entering Canada from the United States by ground transportation will be required to proceed through designated ports of entry.  Shipments will only be accepted during the CFIA's regular hours of operation. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing the new measures to verify that horses are being humanely transported in accordance with the Health of Animals Regulation   

    • Designated Border Ports of Entry for Feeder and Slaughter Horses Entering Canada from the United States can be found at: http://inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/trans/20111031inde.shtml

Swine


Poultry and other Avian Species

Commercial Dogs

Camelids

  • Camelids - Protocol and Health Certificate -  May 2015 

Pets

For more information about exporting your pets click here


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 Canada apply for an Import Permit. This Import Permit will outline the specific requirements.

Canada import permit information:

Phone number: 1-855-212-7695

Fax: 289-247-4068

Email: Permission@inspection.gc.ca



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