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Legal Authorities for Animal Importation

For information about the legal authorities governing animal importation, please see the Laws and Regulations page on the Quarantine and Isolation site.

Laws and Regulations Related to Animal Importation

African Rodents

Control of Communicable Diseases; Restrictions on African Rodents, Prairie Dogs, and Certain Other Animals (42 CFR 71.56)
Federal Register notice

See also Bringing an African Rodent into the United States.

Birds and Bird Products

Notice of Rescission of February 4, 2004, Order and Subsequent Amendments Prohibiting the Importation of Birds and Bird Products from Specified Countries
Although the CDC restrictions have been rescinded, CDC continues to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its steps to prevent importation of birds and unprocessed bird products from countries with the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus in domestic poultry. The import restrictions do not apply to U.S.-origin pet birds, which will be allowed to return after 30 days at a USDA quarantine facility. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

See also Bringing a Bird into the United States.


Notice of Embargo of Civets
May 3, 2005. On the CDC SARS site

See also Bringing a Civet into the United States.

Foreign Quarantine Regulations

Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Issuance, and Enforcement Guidance for Dog Confinement Agreements
This page contains the Issuance and Enforcement Guidance for Dog Confinement Agreements covered in 42 CFR 71.51. This guidance becomes effective on August 11, 2014 (30 days after publication).

Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Final Rule of HHS/CDC Nonhuman Primate Importation Regulation 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 71.53.
This page contains the final rule for 42 CFR 71.53. The final rule is effective beginning April 16, 2013.

Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Final Rule to Establish a User Fee for Filovirus Testing of Nonhuman Primates.
This document contains the final rule for 42 CFR 71.53 that establishes a user fee for filovirus testing of nonhuman primates. The final rule became effective on March 14, 2013.

Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Advance Notice of Proposed Revision of HHS/CDC Animal Importation Regulations 42 CFR Parts 71.51
This document contains the advance notice for proposed rule making for 42 CFR71.51. Public comment period is now closed.

Discussions Regarding Exotic Animal Importation, Sale, and Distribution: Summary of Information Presented at Public Meeting on May 18, 2006
Federal Register notice; updated August 8, 2006

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