Species - Most Recent Update
All Health certificates for live animals and germplasm to Mexico must not contain any abbreviations. This includes, but is not limited to:
In addition, all health certificates must be type written, or done in word processor or computer. The number of the health certificate must be also type written or in a word processor or computer. Hand written documents will be rejected.
As of April 23, 2010 due to a report of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in the State of Minnesota, until further notice, Mexico will refuse entry of all rabbits (including pet rabbits) from the United States.
For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock 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.
A sanitary permit is issued by the Division of Animal Health, Ave Mexico No.190, Colonia Del Carmen Coyocan, CP 04700, Mexico DF. This permit must be obtained in advance of the importation by the importer. The permit shall be submitted to the official veterinarian of The Department of Port and Border Animal Health Inspection at the port of entry.
Please note: The exporter must obtain a Sanitary Permit from Mexico for ruminants, swine, and horses. The name of the person that is listed on the permit must match the name of the person listed on the Health Certificate. The Health Certificate must contain the following statement for animals exported to Mexico: “The animals must be transported in cleaned and disinfected vehicles, and not contact any other animals during their transport. Los vehículos utilizados para el transport de los nimals a la frontera fueron sometidos a limpieza y desinfección antes del embarque y no estar en contacto con otros nimals durante el traslado.”
Ports of Entry
Note: The sister city on the U.S. side is listed in parentheses Documents Required
The following documents are required and shall be submitted to the official veterinarian prior to the inspection of the animals.
The U.S. Origin Health Certificate must be typewritten. Mexican Port Veterinarians will reject any certificates that are handwritten.
The official veterinarian at the port of entry shall be notified of the pending arrival of animals at the authorized facility by the importer or his agent 24 hours in advance of the arrival of the animals.
Animals to be exported to Mexico will remain in the authorized facility a minimum of 24 hours and may be subjected to procedures of quarantine, clinical observation, inspection, disinfection, immunization, diagnostic tests, or application of appropriate animal health safety measures if the official veterinarian determines that the shipment does not meet all specifications.
Spanish terms used in listing:
M.V.Z. - Medico Veterinario Zootecnista
Delegado - Veterinarian in Charge
Garita - Building housing official offices such as customs