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

Animal Products to Turkey

***General Requirements***

Turkey has notified USDA that they require all manufacturers/exporters of animal by-products (intended for purposes other than human consumption) to be listed in the European Union (EU)’s TRACES system.  Consignments from facilities not listed on TRACES will be rejected.  This means facilities must meet not only the requirements of the below certificate but also the EU requirements for the exported commodity.  Listing on TRACES does not necessarily mean that the relevant certificate required by Turkey is endorsable.  For more information, including on how to become listed on TRACES (after verification of meeting pertinent EU requirements), please contact your local Veterinary Services service center.  The list of facilities currently on TRACES is available at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco/traces/output/non_eu_listsPerCountry_en.htm# (Click on “United States ” and then select the appropriate facility type under “Animal by-products” on the left on your screen).

Certificates for the export of animal products to Turkey must be printed by the endorsing office on VS Security Paper prior to endorsement.  Certificates must be either the VS Form 16-4, OR for letterhead certificates the endorsing office must transfer the certificate to their office letterhead prior to printing the certificate on VS Security Paper.

For commodities intended for purposes other than human consumption, the facility must be currently approved to export the commodity to the European Union, and when preparing the certificates for Turkey should include their APHIS Reference Number related to that approval in the designated location or, if such a location is not indicated on the certificate, below the name and address of the exporter, as follows:  APHIS Reference Number: [insert number].

Turkey recognizes the following periods of validity for export certificates for animal products:

    • Products ship by air - certificate is valid for 7 days from the date of endorsement
    • Products shipped by sea - certificates valid for 60 days from the date of endorsement

As noted on the International Animal Products Export Regulations Home page: 
The exporter should obtain any required certificates prior to shipping. Most countries will not accept certificates issued after consignments have shipped. Exporters are responsible for confirming prior to shipment that they have all certification required for the consignment.

This is especially true for consignments being exported to the Republic of Turkey. The Turkish Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock will not permit the entry of commodities when accompanied by a health certificate endorsed after the date the Bill of Lading indicates the product was shipped.

Alert Regarding Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Content in Exported Products – December 2009 (pdf 43kb)

The government of Turkey issues a "control certificate" to the importer of animal products for each lot of product shipped. While Turkey requires that the control certificate be issued by Turkey prior to product shipping from the United States, our understanding is that this requirement is not enforced. Therefore, it is highly recommended that exporters not ship product until the Turkish importer has obtained the control certificate. However, Veterinary Services will not require verification of the control certificate prior to issuing export certificates. Our understanding is that once the control certificate is issued, it is an indication that the products will be allowed to clear customs in Turkey, and could otherwise be subject to any new requirement(s) implemented by Turkey after the product was shipped. Turkey has confirmed that no US Government sanitary certificate is required prior to the issuance of the control certificate if the control certificate is issued prior to shipment. Our understanding is that in order to obtain the control certificate, Turkey requires the importer to agree that he or she will provide a valid health certificate.      

***AlertAvian Influenza Bans*** - November 2016 (pdf 178kb)

 Animal feed materials (non-animal origin)

Dairy - milk and milk-based products for human consumption

  • General information - July 2016 (pdf 13kb) 
  • Certificate for dairy products exported under HS codes other than 04.01, 04.02, 04.03, 04.04, 04.05, 04.06, 15.17, 17.02, 21.02, 21.05, 28.35, 35.01, 35.02, 35.04 - July 2016 (pdf 148kb)

Egg Products - October 2008 (pdf 20kb)

Fresh or chilled hides - July 2003 (pdf 152kb)

Gelatin & Gelatin Capsules

Hides & Skins - IMPORTANT UPDATE - December 2014 (pdf 12kb)

Human food - (items other than dairy or gelatin intended for human consumption) - October 2008 (pdf 10kb)

Pet food (animal-origin) - August 2013 (pdf 82kb)

Poultry By-Product Meal - April 2009 (pdf 200kb)

Rendered meals (other than poultry by-product meal) - April 2009 (pdf 11kb)

Treated hides - July 2003 (pdf 152kb)

Wool Treated - July 2003 (pdf 146kb)

Wool Untreated - July 2003 (pdf 145kb)

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