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  • 09 May 2019 1:29 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Effective date: May 10, 2019

    RE: Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt

    Dear Airline Station Manager or Carrier Representative:

    This letter is to notify you that CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of all dogs from Egypt. Please share this letter and our contact information with your airline’s policy and procedures unit. On May 10, 2019, CDC published a notice of this suspension in the Federal Register (

    Egypt-dogs-temp-suspension.html). This is in addition to (does not replace) the CDC carrier letter dated December 6, 2018, RE: Compliance with CDC’s Dog Importation Regulations.

    Effective immediately, CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from Egypt. This includes dogs originating in Egypt trying to be imported to the United States via third-party countries where dogs have lived for less than 6 months.

    CDC is taking this action in response to three imported cases of rabid dogs from Egypt in 4 years. This action is needed to prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies, which has been eliminated from the United States since 2007.

    This suspension will remain in place until appropriate veterinary controls to prevent the export of rabid dogs have been established in Egypt. At that time, CDC will coordinate with other federal agencies and entities to reverse the suspension and will inform you of the updated protocol for dogs entering the United States from Egypt.

    Airlines deny boarding: In keeping with current practice, CDC recommends airlines deny boarding to any dogs that appear sick. Airline staff should verify the dog’s country of origin. At this time, CDC also advises against boarding any dogs from

    • Egypt, OR from
    • Third-party countries if the dogs originated in Egypt and lived in the third-party country for less than 6 months, OR from
    • High-risk countries without a valid rabies vaccination certificate.

    This applies whether dogs are hand-carried, checked in as passenger baggage, or transported as cargo on flights to the United States.

    Rare occurrences: On an extremely limited basis, CDC may grant advance written approvals permitting the importation of a dog from Egypt. CDC will give the importer/owner three documents: 1) permit, 2) email granting approval, and 3) CDC Quarantine Station contact information. The carrier should request these three items. If the importer/owner does not have these three pieces of information, do not board the dog, and have the importer/owner contact CDC.

    Responsibility: If the dog is denied entry upon arrival to the United States, the importer/owner is responsible for all costs related to the dog’s care, evaluation, or return to country of origin. If the importer/owner abandons the dog, the airline becomes financially responsible for the dog.

    If you have any questions about this letter or CDC’s importation regulations, please contact us at or call your regional CDC Quarantine Station (found at


    Clive Brown, MBBS, MPH, MSc, DTM&H

    Chief, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch

    Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • 15 Apr 2019 6:19 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    New information on CDC’s website regarding dog imports.

    CDC announces the story Operation Dog Catcher: Illegal Puppy Imports Uncovered at JFK Airportis now live and can be accessed from these three CDC websites:

  • 15 Apr 2019 4:56 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    With their own equipment (temperature controlled vehicles, trailers and crates) and being a full IATA agent, Crossborder Animal Services B.V. on April 4th, organized a transport to Miami Zoo a shipment of 2 hyena’s. 

    Crossborder built IATA crates, organized road transfer of hyena’s from an zoo in Germany and Belgium and the airfreight ex-Amsterdam Airport. 

    Hyena’s has been arrived in good shape at Miami Zoo of course in good collaboration with KLM.

    For questions, contact Crossborder directly: 

  • 15 Apr 2019 10:58 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    From the CDC:

    CDC announcing that the story Operation Dog Catcher: Illegal Puppy Imports Uncovered at JFK Airportis now live and can be accessed from these three CDC websites:

  • 25 Mar 2019 2:42 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)


    Free Webinar on March 28 – Register Today and Share the Word


    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites you to join two of our poultry health experts – and a few special guests – for a webinar on March 28.  We’ll be celebrating Bird Health Awareness Week by helping anyone who owns or handles poultry learn about how to keep their birds healthy this spring using biosecurity.  Please share this information with others in your network who may find this session useful.

    The “Biosecurity Basics & Beyond: Tools to Defend Your Flock” webinar will take place on Thursday, March 28 from 2:30-3:30 PM EDT.  Register for this FREE webinar today at  We’ll cover some suggestions for how to safely introduce replacement poultry to your flock, as well as important biosecurity practices for spring and recognizing signs of disease.  We’ll also share our latest resources.

    If you don’t already follow APHIS’s Defend the Flock campaign on social media, check out our Twitter and Facebook during Bird Health Awareness Week (March 25-29) to get daily tips and resources you can use to protect your commercial or backyard flock’s health.

    To get biosecurity updates and information year-round, sign up to receive the brand new Defend the Flock e-Newsletter.  The first issue will launch in May 2019.  Select “Defend the Flock e-Newsletter” under Veterinary Services at

  • 11 Mar 2019 6:55 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Click here for documentation

    A few  highlights:

    ·        Encouragement to transport embryos and semen over live animals

    ·        Preference to slaughter animals at origin and thus transport carcasses rather than live animals

    ·        Enforcement of current regulations

    ·        24-h rest periods

    ·        Transportation logs, audit and enforcement. Encouragement to adopt live-tracking technology for the ability to track and monitor transport conditions live (I imagine this could be expensive especially for food animal producers, as opposed to exhibition or competition animals that are a little more lucrative in terms of trade profits).

  • 22 Feb 2019 4:08 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Animal Transportation after Brexit

    - A webinar delivered by Defra and IATA

    Special focus on pet travel

    PURPOSE: Outline key considerations for carriers moving pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) after EU Exit and provide stakeholders with an opportunity have their questions answered (Q&A format).

    The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Animal Transport Association (ATA) are presenting an informative webinar focusing on considerations involved for carriers when moving animals – with particular focus on pets (dogs, cats and ferrets)

    • IATA will be providing a general update on aviation activities and outline the sector’s key considerations ahead of Brexit.
    • Defra will be providing guidance for carriers to allow them to prepare for all potential scenarios outline that could be faced when the UK leaves the EU and how this could affect customer journeys and passenger flows.
    • Update on the commercial import and export of live animals and animal products both from and to the EU and non-EU countries (including transited goods).
    • A training program looking at changes to the documents required for pet travel after EU Exit is due to be released by Defra separately.
    Held on Monday, March 11th

  • 14 Feb 2019 3:49 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    IATA's LAR Addendums - click here

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