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Starting May 31, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Veterinary Services program will issue its permits for import, export, and transportation of animals and animal products, organisms, and vectors through the new APHIS eFile system.

Ornithologists should continue to use the current ePermits system until then. After May 31, all new permits and renewals should be requested through eFile. Amendments to permits acquired through the existing ePermits systems should be requested through that system. All permits in the ePermits system will remain valid until they expire.

Instructions about applying for the necessary permits to import to or export from the U.S. can be found in the Ornithological Council’s Import Guide. That document will be updated on May 31 to include new instructions for using APHIS’ new eFile system. If you have questions, please contact the OC!


Press Release from APHIS:  APHIS Veterinary Services Requires eFile System for all New and Renewal Permit Applications - Effective May 31, 2022

Effective May 31, 2022, APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) will require submission of all new and renewal permit applications for live animals and animal products, organisms, and vectors - via the APHIS eFile system.

New permit applicants can create an APHIS eFile account here. Additional information for setting up an account may be viewed under eFile training here.

The eFile VS Permitting Assistant (VSPA) determines movement requirements and prompts applicants to obtain the required documentation and/or apply for permits. All applicants must use the VSPA to start the permit application. Additionally, applicants with existing VS 16-6 permits must renew them using the VSPA to select materials that match the existing permit.

For help with the application process, please see the written guidance and "How-To" videos under the "Veterinary Services" section - here.

As for amendments to existing permits, applicants must request those changes in the system the permits exist (i.e., ePermits or eFile). All permits in the ePermits system will remain valid until they expire.

For questions, please call 301-851-3300 or email apie@usda.gov (Animal Products, Organisms, and Vectors) or LAIPermits@usda.gov (Live Animals).


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