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Animal Import Requirements

NOTE

AgView and GVL users only: Due to the rapid electronic communication of these eCVI apps with our USAHERDS system, you will not need to have an entry permit for movement into Utah.

The Import Requirements by Species (below) are still in effect whether you use electronic or paper CVI’s.

 

Import Permits

  • Animal Import Permits – Online
  • Animal Import Permits – Telephone
    • Business Hours: (801) 982-2235    (Monday-Friday 7:30 AM – 5 PM, Mountain Time)
    • After hours, holidays, weekends:
      • (801)  520-4311 Dr. Erickson

 

Acceptable Forms of Official Identification

 

Commuter Permits

 

Import Requirements by Species

 

You can also refer to the InterstateLivestock.com web site for other state requirements – in addition to Utah.

 

General Import Requirements

Utah is a class free state for brucellosis, tuberculosis, Salmonella pullorum and scabies, and Stage V pseudorabies.

All animals entering Utah must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate), except for animals consigned directly to an inspected slaughter establishment or approved auction market, which need only a Brand Inspection Certificate. A Brand Inspection Certificate is required on all cattle, equine, and elk.

Entry permits obtained prior to shipment are required on all cattle, swine, sheep and goats, poultry, game and furbearing animals, zoo animals, birds (including Ratites), and other exotic or wild animals (including Elk and Bison), unless consigned directly to an inspected slaughter establishment or approved auction market.

Import permits and other current information may be obtained by calling (801) 982-2235 between 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM Mountain Time, Monday thru Friday.

After hours, weekends, and holidays call or (801) 520-4311

 

VESICULAR STOMATITIS STATEMENT

Any livestock (equine, bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine, or cervidae) entering Utah from a county where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed within the last fourteen (14) days or a county that contains a premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection dated within fourteen 14 days of entry containing the following statement: “All animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been inspected and found to be free from clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis.”

 

Other Agencies

The following agencies may also have requirements for holding, selling, breeding, or importing wildlife and exotic species:

 

Aquatic Animals or Aquaculture Products

An import permit is required to import live aquatic animals or their eggs into Utah from any location outside the state. This permit is in addition to the COR for operation of the facility. Import permits may be obtained by contacting the UDAF Fish Health Program at (801) 982-2246 and providing the following information:

  1. Name, address, phone number and COR number of importer.
  2. Species, size and/or number of aquatic animals or eggs to be imported.
  3. Name and health approval number of sources, origin of aquatic animals/eggs, transfer history, and approximate date of shipment.
  4. For international shipments, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) from the source must be obtained by the importer indicating that known nuisance species are not found in the water source.

 

All shipments of live aquatic animals must originate from sources that have been approved by UDAF and assigned a fish health approval number. A list of approved sources is maintained by UDAF, and may be obtained by contacting the UDAF Fish Health Program at (801) 982-2246.

For more detailed information about importation of aquatic animals, see the full text of Administrative Rule R58-17, Aquaculture and Aquatic Animal Health.

Cats, Dogs and Ferrets

All dogs, cats and ferrets shall be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate). Animals over three months of age must have a current vaccination against rabies. The date of vaccination, name of product used, and expiration date must be listed on Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate). Puppies and kittens should not be imported until at least 8 weeks of age unless accompanied by the mother.

Cattle and Bison

All cattle entering Utah, except those going directly to an inspected slaughter establishment or approved auction market, require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import permit
  3. Brand inspection certificate or proof of ownership
  4. Female cattle entering Utah must be officially calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis and have legible tattoos or a negative brucellosis (Brucella abortus) test within 30 days.
  5. Negative brucellosis test within 30 days on cattle 12 months or older for all cattle originating from a Designated Brucellosis Surveillance Area or from states that have not been designated as brucellosis free.
  6. Negative tuberculosis test is required within 60 days prior to entry for dairy cattle two months or older and cattle coming from an area which is not classified as free of tuberculosis. A negative tuberculosis test is required within the calendar year for rodeo bulls and roping steers.
  7. All bulls twelve months of age and older, entering Utah, must be tested with an approved test for trichomoniasis by an accredited veterinarian prior to entry into Utah. Bulls that have had contact with female cattle subsequent to testing must be retested prior to entry. Bulls for exhibition with no exposure to female cattle are not required to be tested for trichomoniasis.
  8. The health certificate must contain the statement “These cattle have not been commingled with bulls of positive or unknown trichomoniasis status.”
  9. No cattle infested with scabies or ticks, or exposed to scabies, may be imported into Utah.

 

Bison entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import permit
  3. A negative tuberculosis test within 60 days prior to entry (over 6 months of age).
  4. Females over 4 months of age must be officially calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis and have legible tattoos or a negative brucellosis (Brucella abortus) test within 30 days.
  5. Bulls 12 months of age and over, entering Utah require a negative trichomoniasis test (three (3) cultures or 1 PCR) within 30 days prior to entry or since exposure to female cattle.

 

All cattle and bison must carry some form of individual identification, such as a brand registered with an official brand agency, or an official ear tag or registration tattoo. Identification must be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Official individual identification used for testing purposes must be shown on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or attached to each copy of the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. The import permit number must be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. This includes exhibition cattle.

For more detailed information about importation of cattle and bison, see the full text of Administrative Rule R58-1, Admission and Inspection of Livestock, Poultry and Other Animals.

Cervidae Species

The consignor must first complete the Utah Domesticated Cervidae Import Application and forward to the governing agency in the consignor’s state or province.  The governing agency is responsible for validation of all information and compiling the necessary herd records and then returning the application to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Division of Animal Industries for consideration.  The consignor should move forward with the required testing only after the herd has been approved for import.

 

All testing documents and a preliminary copy of the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) must be submitted to the UDAF Division of Animal Industries for review.  An import permit will be issued to an accredited veterinarian once approved.  If you have questions regarding the import procedure or requirements, please email Leslie McFarlane lamcfarlane@utah.gov or contact by phone (801) 982-2241.

Equidae (Horses, Mules, Donkeys and Asses)

All equids entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) within 30 days of shipment.
  2. A negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) (Coggins or ELISA) test within the past 12 months.
  3. A nursing foal less than six (6) months of age accompanied by its EIA negative dam is exempt from the test requirements.
  4. Proof of ownership, or brand inspection certificate
  5. Equine semen requires an Entry Permit as well as a negative EVA test.

 

NOTE: Stallions no longer require EVA testing or a permit.

Utah horses returning to Utah as part of a commuter livestock shipment are exempted from the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection requirements; however, a valid Utah horse travel permit is required for re-entering Utah.

Exotic Pets

Any pets other than cats, dogs or birds are considered on a case-by-case basis. This includes rodents, reptiles, and amphibians. Exotic animals entering Utah shall be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) and may require a Certificate of Registration (COR) from the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Game and Fur-Bearing Animals

Game and fur bearing animals entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import Permit
  3. Certificate of Registration from the Division of Wildlife Resources as required

 

Camelids (camels, llamas, alpacas, vicunas, guanacos)

Llamas and other camelids entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import Permit
  3. A negative brucellosis test within 30 days (over 6 months of age).
  4. A negative tuberculosis test within 60 days (over 6 months of age).

 

Goats

Meat goats require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import Permit
  3. Compliance with Federal Scrapie identification requirements

 

Dairy goats require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import Permit
  3. Negative brucellosis (B. abortus) test within 30 days (over 6 months of age).
  4. Negative tuberculosis test within 60 days (over 6 months of age).
  5. Compliance with Federal Scrapie identification requirements

 

Dairy goats and camelids entering Utah for exhibition purposes only are exempt from the testing requirements.

For more detailed information about importation of goats and camelids, see the full text of Administrative Rule R58-1, Admission and Inspection of Livestock, Poultry and Other Animals.

Poultry and Game Birds

Poultry means all domesticated fowl, including chickens, turkeys, waterfowl and game birds, except doves and pigeons, which are bred for the primary purpose of producing eggs or meat.

All poultry entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) or National Poultry Improvement Plan VS Form 9-3
  2. Import permit for non-NPIP producers.
  3. Current NPIP number
  4. If no NPIP number, then a negative Pullorum-Typhoid blood test within the last 30 days is required.

 

For more detailed information about importation of poultry and game birds, see the full text of Administrative Rule R58-6, Poultry.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources requires that individuals who desire to hold live game birds for more than 60 days apply for and receive a Certificate of Registration (COR) for an aviculture installation prior to receiving the birds.

Psittacine and Passerine Birds and Raptors

Psittacine and passerine birds and raptors entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import permit

 

The number and kinds of birds to be shipped into Utah, their origin, date to be shipped and destination should be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.

Rabbits

No rabbits, hares or their products (meat, pelts, hides, carcasses, etc) and equipment or other items or associated materials may enter Utah from states or countries where Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) has been diagnosed in the prior 12 months unless they meet the following requirements:

1. All live rabbits and hares require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, and must be inspected by an accredited veterinarian within 72 hours prior to shipping to Utah. The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must include a statement by an accredited veterinarian certifying that:

    • All rabbits and hares in the shipment have been examined for and found free of communicable diseases, and
    • All rabbits and hares have originated from a single premises that has no signs of a communicable disease, and
    • There have been no movements of rabbits and hares onto the premises over the prior 30-days, and
    • The animals have had no contact with wild rabbits or hares in the past 30 days.

2. No rabbits and hares or rabbit and hare products (meat, pelts, hides, carcasses, etc) and equipment or other items or associated materials may enter Utah from a premises known to be affected with RHD.

Ratites (ostriches, emu and rheas)

Ratites entering Utah require the following unless consigned directly to a slaughter establishment:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import permit
  3. A current NPIP number, or
  4. If no NPIP number, then a negative blood test for salmonella pullorum within the last 30 days is required

 

For more detailed information about importation of ratites, see the full text of Administrative Rule R58-6, Poultry.

Sheep

Sheep entering Utah must have:

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  • The following signed statement must appear on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: “No sheep in the flock are exhibiting clinical signs of blue tongue or foot rot.”
  • Import permit
  • Compliance with Federal Scrapie identification requirements
  • Breeding rams six months of age or older shall test negative for Brucella ovis within 30 days of entry. Rams entering for exhibition purposes are exempt from testing

 

Contact the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for requirements on holding or breeding non-domestic breeds of sheep and goats.

For more detailed information about importation of domestic sheep, see the full text of Administrative Rule R58-1, Admission and Inspection of Livestock, Poultry and Other Animals.

Swine

All swine entering Utah, unless for direct movement to slaughter, must have individual official identification, such as an 840 RFID or  metal NUES tag.  Ear notches or tattoos are only allowed if registered with a purebred association.  Premises ID tattoos alone are not sufficient.  ALL swine over three months of age not intended for slaughter entering Utah require the following:

  1. The following signed statement must appear on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: “Swine have not been fed raw garbage. To the best of my knowledge, swine represented on this certificate have not, within the past 30 days, originated from premises known to be affected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) and have not been exposed to PEDv.
  2. Show individual identification.
  3. Import permit

 

ALL swine from Oregon that are not coming in for slaughter must be tested for pseudorabies within 30 days of entry.

For more detailed information about importation of swine, see the full text of Administrative Rule R58-1, Admission and Inspection of Livestock, Poultry and Other Animals.

Wildlife

Wildlife entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Import permit
  3. Certificate of Registration (COR) from the Division of Wildlife Resources as required

 

It is unlawful for any person to import into or export from the state of Utah any species of live native or exotic wildlife or to possess or release from captivity any such imported live wildlife except as shown below, or by the rules and regulations of the Utah Wildlife Board without first securing written permission from the Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah Department of Natural Resources, 1596 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 (801) 538-4887.

All wildlife imports shall meet the same Department requirements as domestic animals.

Coyote and Raccoon Permits

It is unlawful to import, distribute, relocate or possess live raccoons or coyotes except as provided by R58-14, Holding Live Coyotes or Raccoons in Captivity.

Upon filing an application for registration with the Department of Agriculture and Food, upon a form provided by the department, a permit may be issued by the department authorizing the applicant to hold in live captivity raccoons or coyotes for research, educational, zoos, circuses, or other purposes authorized by the Department of Agriculture and Food.

Zoological Animals

Zoological animals entering Utah require the following:

  1. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate)
  2. Negative TB test for susceptible species within the past 12 months (over 6 months of age).
  3. Import permit
  4. Determined on a case-by-case basis.

 

The entry of common zoological animals shown at exhibitions is authorized when a permit has been obtained from the Department.

Movement of zoo animals must also be in compliance with the Federal Animal Welfare Act.

Semen and Embryos

Please contact the State Veterinarian’s Office for more specific information concerining various species.

  1. Elk semen, eggs, or gametes imported to Utah require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection stating: “The source animals have been tested for genetic purity for Rocky Mountain Elk genes and have never resided on premises where CWD has been identified.”
  2. Semen from stallions that are carriers of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) can only be shipped to a facility that has been approved to handle EVA positive animals and semen and requires an import permit that can be obtained from the Department by calling (801) 982-2235.