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USDA Import Alert: Release of HPAI Restrictions for Avian Commodities Originating from or Transiting Kagawa, Miyazaki, and Chiba Prefectures in Japan and New HPAI Restrictions for Avian Commodities Originating from or Transiting Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan

Issuance Date: November 16, 2021

Effective Dates: 
November 10, 2021—Kagawa, Miyazaki, and Chiba releases
November 10, 2021—Akita restrictions
November 13, 2021—Kagoshima restrictions

Effective November 10, 2021 and until further notice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) is removing the restrictions on the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from Kagawa, Miyazaki, and Chiba Prefectures in Japan.

VS placed avian commodity restrictions on Kagawa Prefecture (effective November 5, 2020), Miyazaki Prefecture (effective December 1, 2020), and Chiba Prefecture (effective December 24, 2020) due to the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic birds. These three prefectures have now effectively demonstrated complete resolution of the HPAI outbreaks and met the requirements to regain their previous HPAI-free status in accordance with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code, Chapter 10.4, Article 10.4.3. Therefore, this alert rescinds the previous alert and removes the HPAI restrictions for avian commodities from or transiting Kagawa, Miyazaki, or Chiba Prefectures.

Effective November 10, 2021 and November 13, 2021, and until further notice, APHIS VS is restricting the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture, respectively, in Japan. Any of these commodities originating from or transiting through Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture are prohibited, based on the diagnosis of HPAI in domestic birds.

Under these restrictions, processed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture 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.

Fresh, unprocessed shell/table eggs and other egg products, void of the shell (i.e. liquid eggs, dried egg whites) originating from or transiting Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture imported as cargo are 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 to an APHIS-approved establishment.

Processed avian products and byproducts, including egg/egg products, for personal use originating from or transiting through Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture entering in passenger baggage which do not have a thoroughly cooked appearance, or are not 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), must also 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 through Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture 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 originating from or transiting through Akita or Kagoshima Prefecture will be 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.

These restrictions will be updated as additional epidemiological information is obtained. Current information can be found on the APHIS website.

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