Dear industry stakeholders,
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a rule on the Importation of Sheep, Goats, and Certain Other Ruminants on December 3, 2021. The Rule becomes effective on January 3, 2022.
This Rule revises conditions for the imports of live sheep, goats and certain other non-bovine ruminants, and products derived from sheep and goats, with regard to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie. BSE-related import restrictions on sheep and goats and most of their products are being removed, while import restrictions related to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies for certain wild, zoological, or other non-bovine ruminant species are being
As many of you know, Canada has been advocating for these regulations to be updated for a number of years in order to enable export of small ruminants not destined for slaughter, small ruminant genetics, and movement of live animals through the U.S. We have worked diligently with the U.S. on this issue for many years, including providing input into the proposed regulatory changes. Our hope is that these updated regulations reflect this work. CFIA is currently reviewing the new regulations in detail and will engage with U.S. counterparts to seek to negotiate export certificates, as applicable. We will keep you informed of our progress.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
Market Access Secretariat