Importation of Animal Products

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the importation of animal products, including processed and unprocessed cattle and goat hides.

Animal hides are not allowed to enter the United States if they have not been treated to make them less likely to spread disease. Animal hides that have been tanned or pickled (soaked in a salt solution) are considered to be less likely to spread infectious diseases like anthrax, and may be imported under certain conditions.

For more information about rules for importing animal products, visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceExternal website.