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USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Exports of Crustaceans, Mollusks, Etc.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting through Aug. 3 comments on the proposed extension of an information collection associated with health certificates for the export of live crustaceans, finfish, mollusks and related products.

Many countries that import animals from the U.S. require a certification that the U.S. is free of certain diseases. These countries may also require the certification statement to contain additional declarations regarding the U.S. animals or products being exported. U.S. trading partners are increasing import requirements, which must be addressed using one of the three APHIS export health certificates or country-specific export health certificates: VS Form 17-141 (Health Certificate for the Export of Live Finfish, Mollusks and Crustaceans (and their Gametes)), VS Form 17-140 (United States Origin Health Certificate), and APHIS Form 7001 (United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals). These certificates are completed by an accredited veterinarian and must be signed by the accredited veterinarian who inspects the animals prior to their departure from the U.S. and endorsed by APHIS.

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