Skip to main content
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA FAQ's and resources about coronavirus (COVID-19).  LEARN MORE



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 China

Animal products exported to China should be exported using the fillable “Export Certificate for Animal Products” VS Form 16-4 MAR 2010. This is the only electronically generated VS 16-4 that China will allow, and it is the only version of the VS 16-4 that will be endorsed by VS after October 31, 2010.* Please see “Notice to Exporters” on the home page of the International Animal Product Export Regulations (IREGs) for access to the VS Form 16-4 MAR 2010 and the VS Form 16-4A MAR 2010 (continuation page), as well as general instructions:


NOTE: The Special Administrative Regions of China (Hong Kong and Macau) have import requirements separate from China. For known import protocols for Hong Kong, please visit the International Animal Product Regulations (IREGs) page for Hong Kong. For non-posted animal product requirements for Hong Kong and for all animal product requirements for Macau, exporters should work with their importers in these respective regions

*ALERT* Important information regarding trade bans on various products - November 2022 (pdf 95kb)

Dairy - Milk and milk-based products for human consumption - October 2016 (pdf 11kb)

Fishmeal, Fish Oil, and other Exclusively-Fish-Based Proteins - July 2012 (pdf 12kb)

Gelatin for technical use - October 2005 (pdf 14kb)

Pet Foods Containing Animal Origin Ingredients

Rendered Poultry and Feather Meals

Non-Ruminant Feeds, Feed Ingredients, and Animal Fats - July 2021 (150kb)

Tallow (for Industrial Use)


Complementary Content