All commercial birds must be accompanied by a current veterinary health certificate issued within 30 days of importation andendorsed by a full-time salaried veterinarian of the agency responsible for animal health of the national government of the exporting country. The health certificate must be translated into English.Health certificates that accompany imported live avian shipments must indicate that:
• Birds or poultry were not vaccinated against any H5 or H7 subtype of avian influenza.
• The shipment willnot transit through any regions where APHIS considers highly pathogenic avian influenza to exist, as listed here on this web page.
• The birds or poultry have been vaccinated against Newcastledisease (avian paramyxovirus) at least 21 days prior to export, using vaccines that do not contain any velogenic strains of Newcastle disease virus. OR:
• Birds or poultry have not been vaccinatedagainst Newcastle disease
• All commercial birds must be inspected by a USDA port veterinarian at the first U.S. port of entry. The importer must arrange for this inspection at least 72 hours inadvance by contacting the USDA port veterinarian at the telephone number listed on the import permit.
• The importer must retain the services of a customs broker to facilitate the importationand, in some cases, to transport the commercial birds from the port of entry to the USDA Animal Import Center. The importer should contact the USDA Animal Import Center for a list of customs brokers toprovide this service.
• During the quarantine period, all commercial birds will be tested to determine if they are free of certain communicable diseases of poultry. The cost for this diagnostictesting will be charged to the importer and is separate from the quarantine fee.
• Total payment of the quarantine and diagnostic testing fees is required when the import permit application is...