Important notes for export health papers.USDA becomes more stringent.
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has been complaining about incomplete health certificate for horses, which have been offered for importation into the USA.
It seems that more and more export health papers are being issued without having a duly signed and stamped marking identification attached to the actual health certificate. Especially a lot of horses originating from The Netherlands have been shipped without proper marking id.
May we kindly draw your attention to the fact that every horse offered for shipment to a non-European country must have an individual marking diagram, which should be signed and stamped by the veterinary authorities in the exporting country.
Either there must be a completely new marking diagram; either a copy of the horse’s passport may be attached to the health certificate, but only on condition that this copy is also originally signed & stamped by the veterinary inspector.
Health certificates, which are only referring to a passport or to a microchip number, are not accepted in most countries of destination, especially not in the USA.
Horses without a proper health certificate, including separate marking diagram, might be refused entry into the USA and might be shipped back to the country of origin. All additional charges resulting from this will need to be paid by the exporter/seller of the horse at the stables of origin.
Should you wish more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
The EHS Team.
An article by Kathy Carter for International Horse Magazine
Melanie Huggett from HORSEjournals.com interviewed Kenneth Serrien, owner of Overseas Horse Services (OHS).
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