APHIS puts HPAI-related restrictions on Victoria, Australia

Importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts and certain fresh poultry products are restricted.

May 27, 2024

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Effective now and until further notice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) is restricting the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from the State of Victoria, Australia.

Importation of any of these commodities originating from or transiting the State of Victoria is prohibited, based on APHIS’ determination that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) exists in domestic birds. APHIS considers all other States in Australia to be unaffected by HPAI and not subject to restriction.   

Under these restrictions, processed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting the State of Victoria, Australia, imported as cargo, must be accompanied by an APHIS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.  

Importation, as cargo, of fresh, unprocessed shell/table eggs and other egg products, void of the shell (i.e., liquid eggs, dried egg whites), originating from or transiting any restricted region is prohibited, unless they are consigned from the port of arrival directly to an APHIS-approved breaking and pasteurization facility. An import permit and/or certificate is not required for these shipments when consigned directly to an APHIS-approved establishment.  

Processed avian products and byproducts, including egg/egg products, for personal use originating from or transiting a restricted region, entering in passenger baggage must:  

  • have a thoroughly cooked appearance; and   

  • be shelf-stable as a result of APHIS-approved packaging and cooking (i.e., packaged in hermetically sealed containers and cooked by a commercial method after such packing to produce articles that are shelf stable without refrigeration); or  

  • be accompanied by an APHIS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products/byproducts were treated according to APHIS requirements. 

Unprocessed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting the State of Victoria, Australia will not be permitted to enter the United States. This includes hunter harvested, non-fully finished avian trophies and meat.  

Importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, and hatching eggs is prohibited. However, pet and zoo birds, pigeons, and doves, may be imported under an APHIS import permit, and will be subject to a 30-day quarantine at the New York Animal Import Center in Newburgh, NY or the Miami Animal Import Center in Miami, FL.  

APHIS said these restrictions will be updated as additional epidemiological information is obtained. Current information can be found on the Live Animal Import Avian imports and Animal Product Import APHIS website

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