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Import Alert: Restrictions imposed on Swine and Swine Commodities of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, henceforth referenced as Nepal, due to African swine fever

Issuance Date: May 23, 2022

Effective Date: May 16, 2022

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) is adding Nepal to the list of countries considered affected by African swine fever (ASF). Import of live swine, swine germplasm, and unprocessed swine products and by-products were already prohibited due to the presence of other swine diseases in Nepal.

Until further notice:

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

Processed pork products and by-products imported from Nepal as cargo must:

  • Be accompanied by a VS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Processed pork products and by-products entering/imported from Nepal 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 confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Unprocessed pork products and by-products imported from Nepal as cargo will not be permitted to enter, except:

  • In some cases, swine products and by-products may be imported if consigned to a USDA approved establishment. 

Unprocessed pork products and by-products entering/imported from Nepal in passenger baggage will not be permitted to enter, except for trophies that are: 

  • Fully taxidermy finished – allowed entry
  • Not fully taxidermy finished - consigned to a USDA approved establishment.  

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