Exporting Animals out of the United States
Preparation of Animals Traveling
Step 1: (Client and Accredited Veterinarian) Read all steps before beginning.
Step 2: (Client)
Contact your personal Veterinarian to discuss your travel plans. Only Veterinarians who are Licensed in their State and Accredited with the USDA are authorized to sign Health Certificates for international travel.
Contact the airline for any requirements specific to that airline.
These requirements may include an additional examination (within a specified period of time) by a licensed veterinarian. Airline specific requirements may not require USDA endorsement.
Step 3: (Client and Accredited Veterinarian)
Determine the specific animal export requirements for your destination.
Scroll to the bottom of the web page and click on the first letter of the destination country (example: G for Germany).
In most instances, the animal health and documentation requirements for the destination country will be listed.
If the destination is not listed, contact the consulate or Ministry of Agriculture for the country requirements.
Step 5: (Accredited Veterinarian)
Complete the required documents, procedures and certifications.
Documents, procedures and certifications must be completed by a licensed USDA Accredited Veterinarian (refer to Step 3).
The timing and order of the health requirements is very important for animal movement to some countries. It is very important that the dates associated with a procedure comply with the country requirements.
For example, many countries require the implantation of an identification chip prior to rabies vaccination (i.e. Japan, European Union).
Ensure that the country specific requirements are met and documented, to include:
° Animal Identification
° Pre-shipment examination
° All signatures must be completed in blue ink
Step 6: (Client/Accredited Veterinarian)
If USDA endorsement of the documents is required, refer to Administrative Notes on page 3.
Administrative Notes: ***Our office has moved. ***Please make a note of the new address***
USDA APHIS VS WA/AK/HI Area Office
1550 Irving Street SW, STE 100
Tumwater, WA 98512
Office hours, contact information and directions are located at this website:
Endorsement fees increase with the start of each fiscal year (October 1). Please note the fees on the attached document titled "FY 2011 VETERINARY SERVICES USER FEE SCHEDULE" (page 5).
Endorsement delivery and payment requirements:
Documents may be delivered to the office address:
by a delivery service (USPS, UPS, Fed EX, etc.), or in person (by appointment only)
If you send the documents to this office for endorsement (preferred):
1. Endorsement fees are payable by check, money order or credit card. We are unable to accept cash.
If you choose to pay by check, you must include the SSN or Tax ID in the packet (not written anywhere on the check itself)(per Debt reduction Act of 1996). Please make checks out to "USDA".
If you choose to pay by credit card, you must include the name as it appears on the card, type of card (VISA/MC/AMEX/DISCOVER), 16 digit card number, expiration date, security code from the back, correct billing address and a contact phone number.
2. You should include a self-addressed, prepaid return envelope with the documents, so we can return them to the correct address. If no return envelope is included, we will return them by regular mail.
If you bring the documents to this office for endorsement:
1. An appointment is REQUIRED. Appointments are scheduled M-F, between 8:30 and 11 AM. You should call 2-3 weeks ahead for appointments as the schedule fills quickly. The number to call is (360) 753-9430.
2. Payment requirements noted above remain the same.
3. Do NOT bring your pet to this office. We are tenants of this building and cannot accommodate pets. Service animals are welcome.
The endorsement process takes 1-2 days upon receipt of correct, complete paperwork.
This office cannot correct inaccurate data, or complete omitted information.
Return travel time must also be taken into account.
Please retain all tracking numbers if using a priority delivery service.
USDA VETERINARY SERVICES EXPORT INFORMATION FOR VETS
CONSIGNEE: Individual receiving the animal (foreign address) CONSIGNOR: Individual shipping or sending the animal (US address) EXPORTER: Individual shipping or sending the animal (US address)
COUNTRY OF DISPATCH OF ANIMAL is always: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
APHIS FORM 7001 (INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE (H/C))
-Used as International Health Certificate for countries that do not provide a Health Certificate.
-Endorsed by USDA (if required) for international shipment
-Valid for 30 days as an International Health Certificate, unless country specifies a shorter timeline.
-To also use the APHIS 7001 as an Airline Health Certificate, it must be issued within 10 days or
less of travel. Contact your airline for specific guidelines.
-Download, fill and print a current APHIS 7001 Form at this website:
-USDA issues the certificate number for the Health Certificate. Please leave this area on the certificate blank.
WA STATE AGR-300 3008 FORM (Official WA State Small Animal Health Certificate) (1/2 PAGE)
-Obtained from State of Washington Department of Agriculture
-This Health Certificate does not require USDA endorsement (Except for JAPAN)
-Most commonly used for State-to-State movement,
-Also can be used for Airline Health Certificate (preferred)
ALL FORMS ALREADY ASSIGNED A CERTIFICATE NUMBER ARE CONSIDERED CONTROLLED FORMS. WE PROVIDE THESE FORMS, BUT ONLY TO ACCREDITED VETERINARIANS. WE CANNOT PROVIDE THEM TO THE CLIENTS OR INDIVIDUAL TRAVELERS.
USER FEE SCHEDULE
User fees are authorized by section 2509(c)(1) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, as amended (21 U.S.C., 136a). This fee increase structure has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform.
Effective October 1, 2011 the user fees are as follows.
Listed below are the endorsement fees for this fiscal year.
PETS (Dogs, cats, etc) with no tests $38.00
ANIMALS with 1-2 tests: $ 121.00
(Each add’l animal) $7.00