Dear industry and provincial stakeholders, April 21,2022.
This message is to inform industry and provincial stakeholders that sheep, goats and certain other ruminants can now be exported to the United States under applicable conditions.
Further to our message on December 14, 2021 regarding the rule published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on the Importation of Sheep, Goats, and Certain Other Ruminants on December 3, 2021, we are pleased to inform you that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has negotiated the following two export certificates with the United States:
- As of March 17, 2022, USDA APHIS is accepting the revised export certificate for sheep and goats direct to slaughter in the United States. The old certificate will be accepted up until May 15, 2022 only. An import permit is no longer required with the new certificate. The age limit of under 12 months has been removed and sealing at the point of departure is no longer required.
- Certificate HA1944 for the export of sheep or goats for breeding or production to the United States (amended February 24, 2022) has been also reactivated and is now available. As well, the APHIS issued an Import Alert, effective April 6, 2022, indicating that the U.S. has also completed its process of implementing an Import Permit to facilitate the export of sheep or goats for breeding or production to the United States.
Exporters can also contact their local CFIA inspection office for any further questions relating to the export certificates.
Market Access Secretariat