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Import Restrictions Due to Rinderpest Removed from USDA Regulations

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule removing references to rinderpest, which has been eradicated worldwide, from the regulations concerning communicable diseases of livestock and poultry, interstate transportation and importation of animals (including poultry) and animal products, and permits for biological products. APHIS states that this rule will remove restrictions that are no longer necessary and better align these regulations with World Organization for Animal Health guidelines for international trade as they pertain to rinderpest.

APHIS states that 9 CFR Subchapter D (parts 91 through 99), which pertains to the exportation and importation of animals and animal products, contains the majority of references to rinderpest that this rule will remove, as follows.

- In part 93, references to rinderpest will be removed from §§ 93.404, 93.405, 93.504, and 93.505, which specify requirements for import permits and health certificates.

- Part 94, which concerns prohibited and restricted importations, will be amended to remove the word “rinderpest” from its title, as well as from §§ 94.1 through 94.4, 94.11, 94.16, and 94.17.

- Part 95 pertains to sanitary control of animal byproducts (except casings), and hay and straw, offered for entry. The definition of approved chlorinating equipment in § 95.1 is amended to remove its reference to rinderpest, and similar editorial adjustments are made to remove references to rinderpest in §§ 95.3, 95.16 through 95.21, 95.23, 95.25 through 95.28, 95.32, 95.34, and 95.37.

- In part 98, which concerns the importation of certain animal embryos and animal semen, references to rinderpest will be removed from §§ 98.3, 98.12, 98.13, 98.15, 98.16, and 98.34 as well as from the titles of subparts A and B.

- Part 104 specifies requirements for permits for biological products. In § 104.2 APHIS is removing the reference to rinderpest from a list of exotic diseases that, when present in a country, preclude the issuance of permits for biological products from that country.

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