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Export Health Certificate for Animal Products Under Review

Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting comments through Feb. 6 on the proposed extension of the export health certificate for animal products.

Many countries that import animal products from the U.S. require a certification from APHIS that the U.S. is free of certain diseases. These countries may also require that APHIS’ certification statement contain additional declarations regarding the U.S. animal products being exported. This certification must carry the USDA seal and be endorsed by an APHIS representative.

The certification process involves the use of information collection activities, including an animal products export certificate and request for a hearing. An exporter can request a hearing to appeal a decision if a request for a certificate is not granted due to an exporter not meeting certain requirements or if a certificate is denied or withdrawn by APHIS if it is determined that an issued certificate has been altered or parts imitated.

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