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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE62 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Revisions to Import Regulations for Horses 

We are proposing to amend the regulations for the importation of equines.  Specifically, we are proposing to amend the requirements for temporary export of horses to contagious equine metritis (CEM)-affected regions and the requirements for horses imported from screwworm-affected regions.  We are also proposing to amend the requirements describing the general testing and quarantine requirements for horses imported by air by replacing the specific test requirement with performance standards describing health certification statements and permit requirements. Finally, APHIS proposes to amend the requirements for import of horses from Canada to remove distinctions between temporary and permanent import and remove the requirement for inspection by an APHIS port veterinarian of horses presented for permanent entry.  These changes will streamline and standardize the requirements for equine imports and may reduce the burden on importers.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 93   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622    7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317    21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a    31 U.S.C. 9701   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2021 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Amber Headen
Veterinary Medical Officer, Animal Permitting and Negotiating Services, Live Animal Imports, VS
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 39,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Phone:301 851-3300