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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


USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Original Ink
APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Original Ink

Details: 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.

Japan - Summary of Requirements for Live 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 animals have not originated or transited through any State that is currently under a poultry ban by Japan."  

For current Japanese poultry bans visit:

  • Day Old Chicks and Hatching Eggs  - (domestic fowl, ducks, turkeys, quail, pheasant, guinea fowl and geese) - May 2013 (pdf 213)  
    • Containers and pallets must be sprayed and disinfected for poultry/ hatching eggs and day-old chicks for import and transit



The pet import information has been moved to the pet travel website click here


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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