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Alaska From/To The United States

All equids (horses, burros, donkeys and mules) entering Alaska require an official health certificate of veterinary inspection.

CAUTION: Before you depart the United States and enter Canada, please make sure that your certificate will still be valid upon entry into Alaska or reentry into the lower 48 states. The certificate is valid 30 days after the date of inspection (Box. 14 on Page 1 of the model certificate for export) for export by the accredited veterinarian.
Equids transiting through Canada to Alaska require an international export health certificate issued by a USDA accredited veterinarian and endorsed by an USDA APHIS (federal) veterinarian. Work with your accredited veterinarian and local USDA APHIS Service Center to obtain an international export certificate. For specific questions on procedures and requirements for entry to Alaska, contact the following offices:

  • Palmer, Alaska (alaska.import.export@usda.gov) (907) 229-7656
  • Service Center 6 in Sacramento, CA (sacramento.vs.import.export@usda.gov) (916) 854-3960

International export health certificates must comply with:

       PLUS

  • An Alaska State import permit. A permit number will be issued to the accredited veterinarian writing the health certificate or CVI by the State of Alaska Office of the State Veterinarian (OSV). There is no fee for the state import permit. The permit may be obtained on the OSVwebsite: or by calling (907) 375-8200 during normal business hours.
  • A negative equine infectious anemia (EIA) test with blood drawn by an accredited veterinarian within 180 days of departure for Alaska. USDA APHIS accepts both the cElisa and AGID EIA tests for movement between the United States and Canada. EIA testing laboratories must be approved by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA.

Travel to and from Alaska

Ports of Entry

Warning!
Due to the dynamic nature of security requirements and inspection personnel, you *MUST* contact the port at least *3 business days prior to crossing*.  Each port may have it's own additional requirements - contact them for the latest information.  

Contact for Appointment

Eastport, ID

P.O. Box 227
Eastport, ID 83826
vs.eastport.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (208) 267-2396

Contact for Appointment

Houlton, ME

27 Customs Loop
Houlton, ME 04730
vs.houlton.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (207) 532-6099

Contact for Appointment

Detroit, MI

2810 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48216
vs.detroit.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (313) 226-4428

Port Huron, MI

2835 Wadhams Road
Kimball, MI 48074
vs.port.huron.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (810) 985-5433

Sault St. Marie, MI

2810 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48216
vs.detroit.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (313) 226-4428

If choosing to transit through either location, Importer may be subject to additional fees.

Contact for Appointment

Baudette, MN

3509 Miriam Avenue, Suite B
P.O. Box 4124
Bismarck, ND 58502
vs.nbp@aphis.usda.gov  
Office phone: (701) 250-4210

International Falls, MN

3509 Miriam Avenue, Suite B
P.O. Box 4124
Bismarck, ND 58502
vs.nbp@aphis.usda.gov  
Office phone: (701) 250-4210

Contact for Appointment

Raymond/Ophiem, MT

P.O. Box 340
Scobey, MT 59263
vs.raymond.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (406) 487-5955

Sweetgrass, MT

P.O. Box 131
Sweetgrass, MT 59484
vs.sweetgrass.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (406) 335-2142

Contact for Appointment

Dunseith, ND

10924 Highway 281
Dunseith, ND 58329
vs.dunseith.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (701) 263-3364

Pembina, ND

10980 I-29, Suite 4
Pembina, ND 58271
vs.pembina.poe@usda.gov 
Office phone: (701) 825-6262

Portal, ND

301 West Railway Avenue, Room 175
P.O. Box 331
Portal, ND 58772
vs.portal.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (701) 926-4281

Contact for Appointment

Alexandria Bay, NY

46741 US Route 81
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607-2110
vs.alexandria.bay.poe@usda.gov 
Office phone: (315) 482-2601

Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

3905 Witmer Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
vs.niagara.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (716) 297-0240

Contact for Appointment

Highgate Springs, VT

480 Welcome Center Rd
Highgate Springs, VT 05460
VS.highgate.springs.POE@usda.gov
Office phone: (802) 868-2556

Contact for Appointment

Oroville, WA

33643 Highway 97
Oroville, WA 98844
vs.oroville.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (509) 476-2635

Sumas, WA

P.O. Box 1049
Sumas, WA 98295-1049
vs.sumas.poe@usda.gov
Office phone: (360) 988-5715  

Equids flown or barged from one U.S. State to another U.S. state require an interstate health certificate signed by an accredited veterinarian.

PLUS

  • An Alaska state import permit. A permit number will be issued to the accredited veterinarian writing the health certificate or CVI by the State of Alaska Office of the State Veterinarian. There is no fee for the state import permit. The permit may be obtained on the OSV website or by calling (907) 375-8200 during normal business hours.
  • A negative equine infectious anemia (EIA) test with blood drawn by an accredited veterinarian within 180 days of departure for Alaska. USDA APHIS accepts both the cElisa and AGID EIA tests for movement between the United States and Canada. EIA testing laboratories must be approved by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA.

The official certificate of health or CVI should include statements that the horses identified on the certificate are:

  • Free from symptoms of infectious or contagious disease
  • Have not originated from a premises or region under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis or where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past 30 days
  • Have not originated from a premise or region under quarantine for equine piroplasmosis or where equine piroplasmosis has been diagnosed in the last 45 days
  • Have not been on any premise where contagious equine metritis (CEM) has been isolated during the 60 days immediately preceding export to Alaska or a premises currently under quarantine or investigation for CEM. If a mare, she has not been bred naturally to or inseminated with semen from either a stallion positive for CEM, or a stallion residing on a premise under quarantine or investigation for CEM.

Travel to and from Alaska

The processes and fees involved with importing horses and other equids, as well as equid germplasm (semen, embryos and cloning tissue) depend on the conditions of entry.

APHIS charges to issue an import permit, and for amending and renewing a permit if applicable.

Costs are associated with providing services for importing and transiting horses at airports, ocean ports, rail ports, land border ports, and southern border port and animal import center quarantines.

The fees billed are per individual horse. Charges for combined shipments may be split between brokers.

Overtime rates apply for after duty hours, weekends and holidays for inspection services. 9CFR 130.30

Hourly rates also cover the costs of monitoring in-bond or transiting horses passing through the United States and exporting to other countries.

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