CAVIDS Titer Testing

Specific Information for international clients

Import Procedures:

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:
  1. A written statement identifying the material and naming the animal species,
  2. 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).
  3. 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 statement must be on a separate page such as your letterhead (NOT written on the commercial invoice). The statement must reference guideline #1102.

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 outside of the shipment using a plastic resealable pouch or bag.
An example:
“In accordance with USDA Guideline #1102, 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.”  Add your signature, date, and include your complete physical address, phone number and email.  Lastly, include the shipment tracking number.
For a printable template, click USDA 1102 Canine Serum importation.
NOTE:  UPS shipping services have frequently flagged and held shipments from Canada to our lab which result in charges to us in excess of our testing fees, and delayed sample delivery.  We request that if you can use a different carrier than UPS, please do.