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Import and Export

Animal Products

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) regulates the importation of animals and animal-derived materials to ensure that exotic animal and poultry diseases are not introduced into the United States. Generally, a USDA veterinary permit is needed for materials derived from animals or exposed to animal-source materials.  Materials which require a permit include, animal tissues, blood, cells or cell lines of livestock or poultry origin, RNA/DNA extracts, hormones, enzymes, monoclonal antibodies for IN VIVO use in non-human species, certain polyclonal antibodies, antisera, bulk shipments of test kit reagents, and microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi.  Exceptions to this requirement are human and non-human primate tissues, serum, and blood. We also have information on animal products that do not require an import permit. Various other animal materials which require a permit include dairy products (except butter and cheese), and meat products (e.g., meat pies, prepared foods) from countries with livestock diseases exotic to the U.S.

Requirements Land Port Air/Ocean Ports
Import Permit (VS Form 17-129) Required Required
Veterinary Health Certificate Not Required Not Required
Veterinary Inspection upon Entry Required Required
Approximate (User) Fees $84.00 $178.00

The schedule of primary user fees (9 CFR, Part 130.8) for the importation of animal-derived materials are as follows:

User Fees:  
Processing original application $ 94
Processing application for renewal $ 61
Processing amended application $ 47

Import Compliance Assistance  
Simple per shipment $ 180
Complicated per shipment on hold $169

*Please note all fees are subject to change

Last Modified: December 1, 2006

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