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 where the animal or product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Japan - Summary of Requirements for Animals




Additional requirements for swine - Certification statements: "There has been no clinical evidence of PED on the premises of origin of the live swine animals for export for at least 12 months prior to the start of export isolation."  Test requirements during export isolation: "PED: PCR test using fresh feces with negative result"

  • Swine - Protocol - March 2012 (pdf 22kb)
  • Swine - Health Certificate - March 2012 (pdf 31kb)
  • Swine Semen- Health Certificate - (pdf 34kb)

As of September 24, 2014 additional requirements for PED must be included for swine semen.



Informative notes:

The following statement must appear on health certificates for live birds to Japan:

"The exported bird [or birds] has [or have] not been raised in any HPAI affected State for at least 90 days before shipment or since its [or their] hatching."           

  • "Poultry" includes domestic fowl, ducks, turkeys, quail, geese, pheasant, and guinea fowl
  • Poultry/bird quarantine facility information: - (pdf 37kb)
  • Pallets must be sprayed and disinfected for poultry/ hatching eggs and day-old chicks for import and transit



Note: Japan has banned the importation of Prairie Dogs as of March 1, 2003

Other Animals

Additional information

Regarding Japan's requirements can be found here:


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