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Notice: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting 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 product will be exported, the area in which your office is located, or the area in which the product is manufactured.

Animal Products to South Africa

*ALERT* Important information regarding trade bans and other restrictions - November 2022 (pdf 237kb)

South Africa has notified APHIS that they will not accept VS Form 16-4. Certificates for animal products exported to South Africa should be issued on letterhead.

South Africa develops very specific import requirements for each shipment of a product coming from a particular manufacturer. The AVIC endorsing a health certificate for a shipment going to South Africa should ask for a copy of the import permit to ensure that all the requirements have been met. Each import permit is good only for one shipment. The following certificates should be valid for the products listed below, regardless of manufacturer. However, it is still a good idea to check the import permit.

Ban - Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) - April 2014 (pdf 12kb)

Bile Salts for Pharmaceutical Use - September 2005 (pdf 10kb)

Caseine, Caseinate or Milk-Protein for Human Consumption Derived from Milk Products Imported from FMD Infected Countries - September 2007 (pdf 45kb)

Feathers & Down (raw & processed) - May 2011

Hides & Skins - March 2013

Non-Animal Origin Products - April 2019 (pdf 100kb)

Protein Shakes or protein supplements for human consumption (containing BOTH dairy & egg ingredients) - January 2013

Wool & Mohair - June 2012

Milk and Milk-Based Products for Animal Consumption - November 2014 (pdf 68kb)

Milk and Milk-Based Products for Human Consumption - November 2022 (pdf 182kb)

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