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Posted by rkreptiles on January 11, 2003 at 15:21:13:
In Reply to: Re: Quarantine Facilities posted by Matt Harris on January 10, 2003 at 14:23:32:
The USDA does not inspect shipments of Live Reptiles, even though according to them they can in certain situations. I bring in shipments every month and USDA does not inspect, only US F&W. As per USDA "A USDA import permit is required for animal material that may pose a risk of introducing exotic animal diseases into the United States. However, material from the above listed animals (Amphibians, Fish, Reptiles, Shellfish and Aquatic Species)that have not been inoculated with or exposed to any livestock or poultry disease agents or antigens may enter the country without USDA restrictions."
The requirements from Airlines for release of the shipments are USF&W stamp and Inspection, and clearance from US Customs. I have used Swiss,Air France,British World Cargo, Suriname Air and many others and none have had a requirement for clearance from USDA before they would release the shipment.
::The importation of Reptiles & Amphibians from overseas into the US, and from the US to overseas is regulated and controlled by US Fish & Wildlife. There are no quarantine requirements for Reptiles of Amphibians. USDA has no authority over Reptiles and Amphibians for the importation process.
: No permit requirements, anyway, but they do usually "do an inspection" i.e., the PQ stamp, as some airlines won't allow the shipment to be released until that clearance is given. There is a blurb on the USDA APHIS site about "although no permits are required...an inspection is done on reptiles"