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


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

USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic 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.



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

Equine 

The United States is currently affected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in several States. Please ensure all animals on certificates issued for species susceptible to VSV are in compliance with Canada's entry requirement pertaining to VSV, as listed on all certificates for susceptible species: "Regarding Vesicular stomatitis (VS), all states in which the animal(s) have resided in the past twenty-one (21) days were free from clinical and epidemiological evidence of vesicular stomatitis during the twenty-one (21) days immediately prior to export to Canada."

Certificates submitted to APHIS with false or incorrect statements made by Accredited Veterinarians concerning VSV are subject to refused entry in Canada, and subsequent investigative action by USDA APHIS. Accredited Veterinarians with questions on if shipments comply with Canada's requirements should contact their APHIS endorsement office for guidance.

USDA Health certificate options: 

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. 

Note: There are only TWO classifications of U.S. origin live horses destined for Canada:

  1. Breeding/rearing/competition/racing - 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

Note: 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  

      2.  Slaughter

Note: 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 

Other Equine Certificates 

Cattle 

The United States is currently affected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in several States. Please ensure all animals on certificates issued for species susceptible to VSV are in compliance with Canada's entry requirement pertaining to VSV, as listed on all certificates for susceptible species: "Regarding Vesicular stomatitis (VS), all states in which the animal(s) have resided in the past twenty-one (21) days were free from clinical and epidemiological evidence of vesicular stomatitis during the twenty-one (21) days immediately prior to export to Canada."

Certificates submitted to APHIS with false or incorrect statements made by Accredited Veterinarians concerning VSV are subject to refused entry in Canada, and subsequent investigative action by USDA APHIS. Accredited Veterinarians with questions on if shipments comply with Canada's requirements should contact their APHIS endorsement office for guidance.

Note: 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.

Sheep and Goats

The United States is currently affected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in several States. Please ensure all animals on certificates issued for species susceptible to VSV are in compliance with Canada's entry requirement pertaining to VSV, as listed on all certificates for susceptible species: "Regarding Vesicular stomatitis (VS), all states in which the animal(s) have resided in the past twenty-one (21) days were free from clinical and epidemiological evidence of vesicular stomatitis during the twenty-one (21) days immediately prior to export to Canada."

Certificates submitted to APHIS with false or incorrect statements made by Accredited Veterinarians concerning VSV are subject to refused entry in Canada, and subsequent investigative action by USDA APHIS. Accredited Veterinarians with questions on if shipments comply with Canada's requirements should contact their APHIS endorsement office for guidance.

Other Ruminants 

The United States is currently affected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in several States. Please ensure all animals on certificates issued for species susceptible to VSV are in compliance with Canada's entry requirement pertaining to VSV, as listed on all certificates for susceptible species: "Regarding Vesicular stomatitis (VS), all states in which the animal(s) have resided in the past twenty-one (21) days were free from clinical and epidemiological evidence of vesicular stomatitis during the twenty-one (21) days immediately prior to export to Canada."

Certificates submitted to APHIS with false or incorrect statements made by Accredited Veterinarians concerning VSV are subject to refused entry in Canada, and subsequent investigative action by USDA APHIS. Accredited Veterinarians with questions on if shipments comply with Canada's requirements should contact their APHIS endorsement office for guidance.

Swine

The United States is currently affected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in several States. Please ensure all animals on certificates issued for species susceptible to VSV are in compliance with Canada's entry requirement pertaining to VSV, as listed on all certificates for susceptible species: "Regarding Vesicular stomatitis (VS), all states in which the animal(s) have resided in the past twenty-one (21) days were free from clinical and epidemiological evidence of vesicular stomatitis during the twenty-one (21) days immediately prior to export to Canada."

Certificates submitted to APHIS with false or incorrect statements made by Accredited Veterinarians concerning VSV are subject to refused entry in Canada, and subsequent investigative action by USDA APHIS. Accredited Veterinarians with questions on if shipments comply with Canada's requirements should contact their APHIS endorsement office for guidance.

Poultry

Note: Includes fowls of the species Gallus domesticus, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowls

Note: Includes fowls of the species Gallus domesticus, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowls  

Birds (non-Poultry)

Aquaculture / Aquatic Animals

Resources


  • How to Meet the Requirements for Export of Aquatic Animals from the United States to Canada
  • USDA-APHIS approved laboratories for export health certification of aquaculture species
    • Annex 1: Diagnostic Methods for Exports to Canada - for mollusks and finfish - Dec 2012
    • Annex 2: Sample Collection - for determining the sample size needed for disease testing - March 2019
  • Aquatic animals - Import regulations - Guidance document - December 2012
  • CFIA regulated species and the diseases they are susceptible to.
  • Update EUS susceptible species​
  • Other Animals

    Pets

    Visit the APHIS Pet Travel Website for information about exporting your pets.

    For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock whose requirements are not listed above, 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.

    Canada import permit information:

    Phone number: 1-855-212-7695
    Fax: 289-247-4068
    Email: Permission@inspection.gc.ca

     



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