Imports: Animal and Animal Products
APHIS' mission is to safeguard the health of our nation's agricultural resources. Our many animal health experts work closely with other federal agencies, states, foreign governments, industry and professional groups, and others to enhance international trade and cooperation while preventing the introduction of dangerous and costly pests and diseases.
USDA-APHIS is charged with several critical tasks relating to Imports and Exports, including:
- Facilitating international trade
- Monitoring the health of animals' presented at the border
- Regulating the import and export of animals, animal products, and biologics
APHIS restricts some animals and animal products from entering the United States because of the animal health situation in the region of origin. In general, restrictions based on the APHIS-recognized animal health status of the region are issued through the regulatory process. A region can be (a) a national entity (country); (b) part of a national entity (zone, county, Province, State, etc.); (c) parts of several national entities combined into an area; or (d) a group of national entities (countries) combined into a single area. The following links provides a list of the USDA-recognized animal health status of particular countries and regions, organized by specific livestock or poultry diseases.
Animal Health Status of Regions
Animal Health Statuses of Regions
View a list of APHIS-recognized animal health statuses of regions regarding specific animal diseases or pests, or acceptable commodities.
List of regions with temporary restrictions on importation of some animals and animal products to the United States will be posted here.
New Permitting Tool
APHIS eFile provides a new permitting experience through utilization of the VS Permitting Assistant (VSPA)
to determine your international import, transit, and interstate movement requirements. You can now apply for your Animal Products, Organisms and Vectors permit applications. In the future, you will be able to use the VSPA and eFile applications for additional VS materials, such as live animals. Visit the VSPA and get started
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