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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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 health certificates.
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Electronic Signature Accepted
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Digital Endorsement NOT Accepted The health certificate bears the original ink signature and embossed 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. 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).
Ivory Coast - Summary of Requirements for Live Animals
The Director of Veterinary Services for Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has confirmed acceptance of the VS Form 17-6, “Certificate for Poultry or Hatching Eggs for Export” for use in trade of U.S. origin poultry, hatching eggs and day-old chicks, with the addition of the following two bilingual statements:
1.) The birds from which the poultry are derived were not raised or processed within a 10 km radius of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) /
Les volailles de proviennent d’oiseaux qui n’ont pas été élevés ou traités dans
un rayon de 10 km de foyer d’influenza aviaire hautement pathogène (IAHP).
2.) An import permit issued by the Veterinary Services of Côte D’Ivoire is required. /
Un permis d’importation délivré par la Direction des Services Vétérinaires
de Côte d’Ivoire est requis.
Here is an example of a VS Form 17-6 for export of U.S. poultry to Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast):
For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock and/or germplasm, 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.