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USDA APHIS Import Alert: Release of HPAI Restrictions on Hyogo Prefecture in Japan

Issuance Date:  April 27, 2022        

Effective date:  April 27, 2022

Effective April 27, 2022, and until further notice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) is removing restrictions on the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.

VS placed avian commodity restrictions on Hyogo Prefecture (effective November 17, 2021) due to the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic birds. This prefecture has now effectively demonstrated complete resolution of the HPAI outbreaks and met the requirements to regain its 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 originating from or transiting Hyogo Prefecture.

As previously announced, VS continues to restrict the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from Akita Prefecture (effective November 10, 2021), Kagoshima Prefecture (effective November 13, 2021), Kumamoto Prefecture (effective December 3, 2021), Chiba Prefecture (effective December 5, 2021), Saitama and Hiroshima Prefectures (effective December 7, 2021), Aomori Prefecture (effective December 12, 2021), Ehime Prefecture (effective December 31, 2021), and Iwate Prefecture (effective February 12, 2022), and Miyagi Prefecture (effective March 25, 2022). Any of these commodities originating from or transiting through one of these prefectures are prohibited, based on the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic birds.

Under these restrictions, processed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting one of the restricted prefectures, 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 one of the restricted prefectures, 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 one of the restricted prefectures 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 one of the restricted prefectures 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 one of the restricted prefectures 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.