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Facilitating Exports of Livestock is Aim of USDA Proposed Rule

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to make the following regulatory changes to provide itself and exporters with more flexibility in inspecting and handling livestock intended for export.

- Most of the requirements for export health certifications, tests and treatments would be removed; instead, exporters would be directed to follow the requirements of the importing country regarding such processes and procedures.

- Only those export health certification, testing and treatment requirements necessary to have assurances regarding the health and welfare of livestock exported from the U.S. would be retained.

- Pre-export inspection of livestock could occur at facilities other than an export inspection facility associated with the port of embarkation under certain circumstances.

- Specific standards for export inspection facilities and ocean vessels would be replaced with performance standards.

Additionally, if a country is known to require an export health certificate for any animal other than livestock, including pets, or for any hatching eggs or animal germplasm, this rule would require that the animal, hatching eggs or animal germplasm have an export health certificate to be eligible for export from the United States.

Comments on this proposed rule are due no later than April 27.

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