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Russian Federation


IRegs for LIVE Animals

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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USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Electronic Signature Accepted
USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Digital Endorsement NOT Acccepted
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).

Equine

Note: Effective August 27, 2014, there is a temporary restriction on animals from CO and TX due to the ongoing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis.  Russia has prohibited the US export of horses or other single-hoofed ungulates, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and semen and embryos of these species.  Also included in the restriction are wild, zoo, and circus animals susceptible to vesicular stomatitis.

Effective September 5, 2012, Russia has banned US export of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, and semen and embryos from donors in Mora Country, NM.

Cattle

Note: At Russia’s request, USDA is negotiating new certification statements regarding bluetongue disease (BT) for cattle and small ruminants.  Russia has requested quarantine in manners that control exposure to the BT competent vector and has also asked for BT testing.  APHIS is developing a counter proposal.  APHIS expects to use the current bilingual veterinary health certificates posted below with an addendum for the additional BT requirements.

Until negotiations are complete, it is not clear to USDA what Russia will require.  U.S. exporters wishing to pursue trade in the interim should contact the USDA APHIS VS National Import and Export Services.

Note: Effective August 27, 2014, there is a temporary restriction on animals from CO and TX due to the ongoing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis.  Russia has prohibited the US export of horses or other single-hoofed ungulates, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and semen and embryos of these species.  Also included in the restriction are wild, zoo, and circus animals susceptible to vesicular stomatitis.

Effective September 5, 2012, Russia has banned US export of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, and semen and embryos from donors in Mora Country, NM.

Sheep and Goats

Note: At Russia’s request, USDA is negotiating new certification statements regarding bluetongue disease (BT) for cattle and small ruminants.  Russia has requested quarantine in manners that control exposure to the BT competent vector and has also asked for BT testing.  APHIS is developing a counter proposal.  APHIS expects to use the current bilingual veterinary health certificates posted below with an addendum for the additional BT requirements.

Until negotiations are complete, it is not clear to USDA what Russia will require.  U.S. exporters wishing to pursue trade in the interim should contact  the USDA APHIS VS National Import and Export Services.

Note: Effective August 27, 2014, there is a temporary restriction on animals from CO and TX due to the ongoing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis.  Russia has prohibited the US export of horses or other single-hoofed ungulates, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and semen and embryos of these species.  Also included in the restriction are wild, zoo, and circus animals susceptible to vesicular stomatitis.

Effective September 5, 2012, Russia has banned US export of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, and semen and embryos from donors in Mora Country, NM.

Swine

Note: Effective May 30, 2014, Russia has banned import of live pigs from the United States due to the detection of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED).

Poultry / Birds

Note: Russia has imposed temporary restrictions on imports and transits of live birds, poultry, day-old chicks, and hatching eggs originating from the state of California due to Newcastle disease (effective January 28, 2019) and the state of South Carolina due to HPAI (effective April 27, 2020).

For all other U.S. origin shipments of poultry originating from U.S. states other than California and South Carolina, the following statements must be added to the corresponding veterinary certificates: "Except from the state of California" in regards to ND, and "Except from the state of South Carolina" in regards to avian influenza.  These statements must both be validated by a signature of the issuing USDA-accredited veterinarian.  An updated model certificate has been posted below for use in trade, until such time as the temporary restrictions are lifted. 

Effective July 17, 2014, all exports of hatching eggs (including SPF eggs) to the Russian Federation must be pre-notified by APHIS.  Ask your APHIS VS Endorsement Office to send scanned copies of the endorsed veterinary health certificates to notification-us@fsvps.ru.  This information must be sent on-line to the e-mail address above before the shipment arrives in Russia.  Starting on July 17, 2014, shipments arriving at Russian Federation entry points without the electronic pre-notification by APHIS will be returned, by Russia, to the sender.

Aquatic Animals

APHIS Registered Aquaculture Export Facility approval is required for the export of aquatic animals caught in natural water bodies.

Research / Laboratory Animals

Other Animals

Note: Effective August 27, 2014, there is a temporary restriction on animals from CO and TX due to the ongoing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis.  Russia has prohibited the US export of horses or other single-hoofed ungulates, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and semen and embryos of these species.  Also included in the restriction are wild, zoo, and circus animals susceptible to vesicular stomatitis.​​

Pets

Visit the APHIS Pet Travel Website for information about exporting your pets.

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.


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