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  • OTVI.USA
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American ShipperShippingTrade and Compliance

USDA proposes rule changes for live animal exports

Since it last updated these regulations, USDA said “business practices have evolved significantly and other countries have changed their livestock import requirements.”

   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has recently proposed updates to its regulations for the export of live animals.
   Since it last updated these regulations, USDA said “business practices have evolved significantly and other countries have changed their livestock import requirements.”
   The proposed rule would remove from the regulations most of the requirements for export certifications, tests and treatments. However, exporters will still need to meet the specific requirements of the importing country.
   USDA said it will continue to retain certain export requirements considered necessary to ensure the health and welfare of animals, such as issuance of export health certificates (EHCs) for livestock intended for export.
   The proposed rule also includes the following changes:

  • If an importing country requires an EHC for live animals other than livestock or for hatching eggs or animal germplasm, USDA would require that the animals must be accompanied by  the EHC to be eligible for export from the United States.
  • Pre-export livestock inspection would be allowed at facilities other than an export inspection facility at the port of embarkation, under certain circumstances.
  • Specific standards for export inspection facilities and ships for transporting animals would be replaced with performance standards.

   “These proposed changes will provide additional flexibility to businesses and better support livestock exports to overseas markets, a segment of U.S. trade which continues to grow each year. The changes are part of APHIS’ ongoing effort to meet stakeholder needs by reviewing and streamlining its regulations,” USDA said. 
   Comments regarding the proposed rules must be received by the USDA agency no later than April 27.

Chris Gillis

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris Gillis primarily reports on regulatory and legislative topics that impact cross-border trade. He joined American Shipper in 1994, shortly after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in international business and economics.

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