Live Animal Importers Can Now Apply for USDA Permits Electronically
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced recently the availability of the ePermits system for use by applicants seeking import or transit permits for live animals. According to an APHIS press release, users with an existing Level 2 eAuthentication can now access ePermits to create and submit a completed application for an import or transit permit for APHIS-regulated live animals and their germplasm, or genetic resources. Instructions on how to obtain a Level 2 eAuthentication authorization are available here.
An import or transit permit is required for many APHIS-regulated live animals and their germplasm for entry and movement through the U.S. Some APHIS-regulated animals of Canadian or Mexican origin that are entering the U.S. through land border ports may not need to be accompanied by an import permit, but appointments must be made and confirmed in advance with APHIS port veterinarians at those anticipated ports of entry. Information on live animal and germplasm import requirements is available here.