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.
This country allows USDA Accredited Veterinarians to use USDA’s online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) to complete some health certificates.
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Digital endorsement varies by species — see below for more information The health certificate either bears the original ink signature and embossed seal or digital signature/seal
Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.
To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the USDA Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found below. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, help with using VEHCS is available on the VEHCS Help Page. To walk yourself through issuing a health certificate in VEHCS, click here.
NOTE: The printed paper endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment. For digitally endorsed health certificates, USDA Accredited Veterinarians can print the health certificate from VEHCS once it is endorsed. For non-digitally endorsed health certificates, you can arrange to have your endorsed health certificate returned via pick-up or by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).
China - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
** 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.
Note: To submit the completed health certificate and required supporting documentation to APHIS via VEHCS as a completed PDF file, click here (https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/faces/signIn.jsf ). 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.
Additional pages (if needed) for test results. One page can be used for multiple horses that have the same information (test type, dates, vaccinations, etc.) with the horses listed at the top.
Note: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 note before bovine semen and embryos are eligible for export, the collection facilities must be inspected by Chinese officials.
Current list of China approved bovine embryo and semen collection and production facilities - January 2015 until 2018
Note:As of March 9, 2011 China requires temporary attestation
for novel A/H1N1 flu. As of August 1, 2014 China requires negative PCR test
results for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine delta
coronavirus (PDCoV) during quarantine.
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 localService Centerto 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 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.