A USDA import permit will not be required for feline or canine origin material that has not been inoculated with or exposed to any livestock or poultry disease agent.
In order to facilitate correct identification of the shipment and to ensure timely delivery, USDA, AHPIS, VS recommends that the following documentation accompany each shipment:
- A written statement identifying the material and naming the animal species,
- A written statement confirming that the material does not contain any other animal derived material (i.e., does not contain any livestock or poultry origin material).
- A written statement confirming that the material was not derived from feline or canine species which were inoculated with or exposed to any infectious agents of USDA agricultural concern.
“This shipment contains canine serum for diagnostic testing and does not contain any material of livestock or poultry origin. I (name here) confirm that this material was derived from species that were not inoculated with or exposed to any infectious agents of USDA agricultural concern.”
USDA, APHIS, VS recommends that this document be supplied on foreign producer/shipper letterhead, with the letterhead containing the physical address of the foreign producer/shipper. USDA, APHIS, VS further recommends that the document, written in a clear and concise manner, accompany each shipment, and be presented as a separate document for review by the DHS, CBP Officers at the U.S. port of arrival. We do not recommend that the foreign producer/shipper place this document inside the shipping containers. Attach the document to the shipment using a plastic resealable pouch or bag.