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

China - Summary of Requirements for Animals



Informative 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 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 – 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.

  • Day-old chicks and hatching eggs (Chicken only) - sample Health Certificate - August 2012 (pdf 192kb)
  • Non-chicken poultry protocol- June 2013 (pdf 232)
  • Turkeys- sample Health Certificates - June 2013 (pdf 177)
  • Geese - sample Health Certificates - June 2013 (pdf 198)
  • Ducks-samples Health Certificates- June 2013 (pdf 124)

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)
during quarantine.

  • Swine - 1995 - revised 2006 (statements 9 and 10) - (pdf 184kb)
  • Swine - Temporary attestation for novel A/H1N1 flu - August 2012 (pdf 25kb)
  • Swine (Semen) - May 2000 (pdf 10kb)


  • Protocol-November-2017
  • Health Certificate is currently under revision by Chinese authorities


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Other Animals

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 aqaculture 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.

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