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.
|USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature||Varies by Species: See Below|
|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.
NOTE: A printed paper copy of the completed health certificate must accompany each shipment.
For all other commodities, health certificates require original ink signatures from the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian and the endorsing APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the application of the APHIS embossed seal. Submissions through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) cannot be accepted at this time.
Only People’s Republic of China health certificate is approve the health certificates for the export of bovine semen and embryos from USA to PRC. When filing the health certificate form please use the Tab key to move from field to field. Do NOT use the Enter key.
Please before bovine semen and embryos are
eligible for export, the collection facilities must be inspected by Chinese
Current list of China approved bovine embryo and semen collection and production facilities – Jan. 2015 until 2018.
As of Jan. 12, 2015, China has banned the importation of all poultry and pet birds from the entire United States.
As of May 21, 2014, China has banned the importation of all poultry from the state of California.
As of January 28/February 17, 2013, China has banned the importation of all poultry from the state of New York.
As of July 22, 2013, China has banned the importation of all poultry from the states of Arkansas and Wisconsin.
Note: This format is required by AQSIQ
Note: As of March 09, 2011 China requires temporary attestation for novel A/H1N1 flu.
Note: As of August 1, 2014 China requires negative PCR test results for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV)
** Although this health certificate is available as a fillable PDF file, it must be submitted to APHIS for endorsement via the Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS). This means a hard copy of the health certificate and required supporting documents (e.g. test results) cannot be submitted by mail or in person for review and finalization. Instructions on accessing VEHCS and submitting the health certificate and supporting documents to APHIS .When submitting a PDF file through VEHCS, it is preferred that the issuing Accredited Veterinarian sign the document using the ADOBE signature options, rather than printing, signing and scanning, for optimal quality resolution.
Protocol- November 2017
Note: The APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature will also be digital with no wet signature or embossed seal; however, a printed paper copy of the endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment.
A Quick Reference Guide for the USDA Accredited Veterinarian can be found at: https://pcit-training.aphis.usda.gov/VEHCSHelp/AV_Health_Certificate_Upload.pdf
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Note: This format is required by AQSIQ
NOTE: China recently imposed registration requirements for aquatic animals, intended for breeding as their primary end use in China. Facilities need to be registered with APHIS and notified to Chinese authorities through official channels by January 31, 2017. If you are exporting such animals to China and are not registered with APHIS, please contact your local Service Center to start the registration process.
Please use the VS 17-141 for aquaculture shipments to China, note that the phrase "The animals in this shipment are intended for aquaculture or ornamental purpose only" is required to be added to the bottom of the second page.
For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock 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.