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Import Requirements

For recent updates and/or specific questions, please call us at (615) 837-5120. For all categories, check Orders of the State Veterinarian for additional requirements.

  • Beef cattle* 18 months of age and older - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)
  • Beef cattle* under 18 months of age - CVI
  • Dairy Steers - Official ID, CVI (individual ID does not have to be listed on CVI)
  • Dairy Bulls* - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)
  • Dairy Females - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)
  • All cattle of any age used for rodeo, shows, exhibitions, or recreational events - Official ID, CVI (individual ID listed on CVI)

* All out of state breeding bulls - CVI, official ID, Trich Test / Trich Statement

Abbreviations:

  • CVI - Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Valid for 30 days)
  • ID - Official Identification: NUES "brite" tags, Bangs (orange) tags or "840" tags
  • BR - Brucellosis (no testing from BR-free states)
  • TB - Tuberculosis (no testing from TB-free states)
  • Trich - Trichomoniasis
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days) and Official Individual Identification (such as a USDA-approved ear tag or microchip)
  • Equine Interstate Event Permit (Equine Passport); or
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days) - including description, date of negative EIA results, lab used and accession number.
  • Negative Equine Infectious Anemia test (Coggins) within 12 months, if over 6 months of age.l
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).
  • Official Scrapie Identification. Please call USDA Toll-free number 1-866-USDA TAG (873-2824) for further details.
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).
  • Official Scrapie Identification. Please call USDA Toll-free number 1-866-USDA TAG (873-2824) for further details.
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).
  • Official individual identification.
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days)
  • Entry Permit
  • Official Individual Identification
  • Brucellosis and Pseudorabies tested within 30 days of entry or originated from a Validated-Brucellosis-Free and Qualified Pseudorabies-Negative herd
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days)
  • Official Individual Identification.
  • Entry Permit.
  • Must have Whole Herd Test or be from an accredited herd AND have one negative Tuberculosis test within 30 days of entry OR 2 negative TB tests at least 90 days apart with the second test within 30 days of entry.
  • One negative Brucellosis test within 30 days of entry or originate from certified Brucellosis-free cervid herd.
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) susceptible species such as red deer, Japanese Deer (="sika deer"), mule deer, moose, elk (="wapiti") must have participated in an approved CWD surveillance program for at least 5 years prior to shipment. The herd of origin must be located more than 25 miles from any area where CWD has ever been diagnosed in wildlife.
  • NO importation of White-tailed deer is allowed in Tennessee.
  • All poultry must originate from a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) certified flock with both proof of classification as Pullorum-Typhoid (PT) Clean AND Avian Influenza (AI) Clean or AI Monitored.
  • All poultry not originating from NPIP certified flock require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and both proof of negative PT testing with 90 days prior to import AND AI testing within 21 days prior to import.
  • All ratites must originate from a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) certified flock with both proof of classification as Pullorum-Typhoid (PT) Clean AND Avian Influenza (AI) Clean or AI Monitored.
  • All ratites not originating from NPIP certified flock require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and both proof of negative PT testing with 90 days prior to import AND AI testing within 21 days prior to import.
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days) if animal is entering Tennessee for more than 15 days.
  • Current rabies vaccination for dogs 3 months of age and cats 6 months of age.
  • CVI - Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).
  • A statement on the CVI by the issuing veterinarian, indicating the veterinarian carefully examined the oral mucosa of the primate and found no evidence of disease lesions or inflammatory processes.
  • Negative tuberculosis testing conducted within 30 days prior to import or movement.
  • Individual identification by microchip implantation.
  • Certificate of veterinary Inspection (valid for 30 days).