Full Title Name:  Washington Administrative Code. Title 16. Agriculture, Department of. Chapter 16-54. Animal Importation. General Importation Requirements

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Country of Origin:  United States Citation:  WAC 16-54-030 Agency Origin:  Washington Department of Agriculture Last Checked:  March, 2023 Date Adopted:  1960 Last Date Amended:  2016
Summary: Washington requires health certificates for the importation of most animals into the state.

(1) All animals entering Washington state must comply with the requirements of USDA, APHIS regulations found at Title 9 C.F.R. (January 1, 2014) for movement or importation from foreign countries.

(2) Certificate of veterinary inspection:

(a) A certificate of veterinary inspection must accompany all animals entering Washington state, except where specifically exempted in this chapter. Certificates of veterinary inspection expire thirty days from the date of issuance.

(b) The certificate of veterinary inspection must show that all livestock listed have been examined and found in compliance with vaccination, testing and identification requirements under Title 9 C.F.R. Part 86 (January 1, 2014).

(c) Livestock entering Washington state for veterinary care or as part of a veterinary research project where there will be constant veterinary care or supervision for the duration of the time spent in Washington state are exempt from import test requirements and certificate of veterinary inspection requirements. An entry permit is required.

(d) Any exemption to the requirement for a certificate of veterinary inspection may be suspended during an emergency disease condition declared by the director.

(e) Unless an emergency rule is in effect, a certificate of veterinary inspection is not required for domestic bovine that are:

(i) Consigned to federally inspected slaughter facilities for immediate slaughter; or

(ii) Consigned to state-federal approved livestock markets for sale for immediate slaughter only; or

(iii) Consigned to no more than one approved livestock market where import requirements can be met; or

(iv) Consigned to a category 2 restricted holding facility, unless originating from a state or country with less than free status; or

(v) Cattle moving interstate from contiguous states on grazing permits, as long as testing and vaccination requirements are met, as required by each state veterinarian.

(3) Entry permit: An entry permit is required on:

(a) All domestic bovine (including Mexican cattle, Canadian cattle, and bison);

(b) Swine;

(c) Rams;

(d) Equine identified on a certificate similar to the Washington Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and Movement Permit (form AGR-3027);

(e) Equine from states or countries where the diseases listed in WAC 16-54-071 have been diagnosed;

(f) Intact male equine that test positive to equine viral arteritis;

(g) Equine reproductive products from donors that test positive to equine viral arteritis; and

(h) Wild and exotic animals.

(4) Entry permits are granted at the discretion of the director and may be obtained from:

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Animal Services Division

1111 Washington Street S.E.

P.O. Box 42577

Olympia, Washington 98504-2577

E-mail: ahealth@agr.wa.gov

Phone: 360-902-1878.


Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW. WSR 16-23-108, S 16-54-030, filed 11/18/16, effective 12/19/16; WSR 15-02-025, S 16-54-030, filed 12/30/14, effective 1/30/15; WSR 08-14-057, S 16-54-030, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08. Statutory Authority: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 07-14-056, S 16-54-030, filed 6/28/07, effective 7/29/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040. WSR 99-09-023, S 16-54-030, filed 4/15/99, effective 5/16/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.096. WSR 92-21-039, S 16-54-030, filed 10/15/92, effective 11/15/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 16.36.040 and 16.36.050. WSR 87-08-021 (Order 1918), S 16-54-030, filed 3/25/87; Order 1540, S 16-54-030, filed 10/17/77; Order 1172, S 16-54-030, filed 12/15/70; Order 1024, Regulation 3, filed 7/22/66, effective 8/22/66; Order 957, filed 8/31/64; Order 915, filed 4/1/63; Order 856, effective 7/19/61; Order 837, filed 4/14/61; Order 818, filed 1/20/61; Order 756, filed 3/22/60.


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