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USDA Restricts Imports of Live Dogs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 17, will amend its regulations as follows concerning the importation of certain live dogs.

With limited exceptions, this rule prohibits the importation of dogs from any part of the world into the continental United States or Hawaii for purposes of resale, research or veterinary treatment unless the dogs are in good health, have received all necessary vaccinations and are at least six months of age. Dogs allowed to be imported must be accompanied by an import permit issued by APHIS and a health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate issued by a veterinarian with a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the country of export. Upon the dog’s arrival at the port of first arrival in the continental U.S. or Hawaii, the person intending to import the dog (or his/her agent) must present the import permit and any applicable certifications and veterinary treatment agreement to the collector of customs for use at that port. Imports must take place within 30 days of the proposed date of arrival stated in the import permit.

Any dog refused entry for noncompliance with this rule may be removed or seized and the person intending to import the dog will have to provide for the care (including appropriate veterinary care), forfeiture and adoption of the dog at his/her expense.

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