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Bring Semen and Embryos into the U.S. (Import)

Bring Semen and Embryos into the U.S. (Import)

USDA APHIS regulates the importation of equine semen and embryos to prevent the introduction of foreign animal diseases. Requirements for importing equine semen or embryos into the United States depend on where the horse has resided in the 60 days prior to collection and also the disease status of the country from where the collection has taken place.

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Requirements for Importation of Equine Semen and Embryos into the United States. An import permit is necessary for the importation of equine semen, embryos and cloning tissue into the United States. Animal semen, embryos and cloning tissue may not be imported into the United States from a region other than where it was collected. Equine semen, embryos and cloning tissue originating from Canada does not require a permit for importation into the United States.

An official health certificate, written in English, is required for the importation of semen, embryos and cloning tissue. Collection should follow the regulations of the respective country’s approved artificial collection centers for export of equine semen to the United States. The official health certification must be endorsed by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health of the national government of the exporting country of origin.

The donor stallion must test negative for dourine using a complement fixation test and be free from any quarantine or movement restriction for not less than 60 days prior to semen collection.  

Generally, importers will use a broker/shipping agent to bring equine semen and embryos into the United States.  Learn more on using a broker/shipping agent.




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