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USDA APHIS Import Alert: Restrictions Imposed on Swine and Swine Commodities of North Macedonia Due to African Swine Fever

Issuance Date: February 3, 2022Effective Date: January 6, 2022

Effective January 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding North Macedonia to the list of countries it considers affected by African swine fever. Import of live swine, swine germplasm, and unprocessed products and by-products were already prohibited due to the presence of other swine diseases in North Macedonia.Until further notice:

Import of live swine and swine germplasm continues to remain prohibited.

Processed pork products and byproducts imported from North Macedonia as cargo must be accompanied by a Veterinary Services (VS) import permit and/or government certification or both confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Processed pork products and byproducts imported from North Macedonia in passenger baggage must:

  • Be shelf stable as a result of APHIS-approved packaging and cooking (i.e., packed 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 a VS import permit and/or government certification or both confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Unprocessed pork products and byproducts imported from North Macedonia as cargo will not be permitted to enter unless consigned to a USDA approved establishment. 

Unprocessed pork products and byproducts entering/imported from North Macedonia in passenger baggage are prohibited, except for fully taxidermy finished trophies or not-fully finished trophies that are consigned to a USDA approved establishment. 

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