Page last updated: January 11, 2019
Animal Import Permit – Instructions
Import permits are required for imports of the following animals or business categories:
- Cattle, American bison, and goats from TB Modified Accredited (MA) states or MA regions in states with split TB status
- Swine that do not originate from a herd with a negative Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) test within 90 days prior to import
- Swine that are purchased or obtained from a commingled auction, sale, or exhibition at which all swine attending the event were not tested for PRRS and PEDv within 90 days prior to the event
- Research and laboratory micropigs
- Exotic ruminants
- Other exotic species, including exotics kept as pets
- Sexually-intact dogs purchased or obtained from out-of-state auctions
- Fish (Please follow this link for the separate fish import permit process)
- Wild animals
- Animals entering the state as rodeo stock (permits are not required for horses owned by individual rodeo participants)
- Animals entering the state as part of a multi-species menagerie
- Animals entering the state as part of a circus
The Application Process
The import permit process results in an import permit number that gets added to and becomes part of the certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI). Veterinarians can apply for an import permit number as noted below.
The import permit process is conducted by fax or email rather than over the phone or online. To apply for an import permit, choose the appropriate import permit application form, print and fill out the form completely. All items with an asterisk (*) are required. When you have completed the form, fax it along with the current CVI(s) to (608) 224-4871 or scan both documents and email them to DATCPAnimalImports@Wisconsin.gov. Permit applications are processed Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee for an import permit (except for some fish permits).
If everything is in order, a permit number will be returned by fax or email. Be sure to write your permit number on your CVI(s). Import permits are good for thirty (30) days from the date they are issued, so they can be applied for in advance of the shipment date.
It is essential to plan ahead and allow time for processing. Permits are usually issued the same workday they are received, but the process may take longer during busy seasons or if the submitted paperwork is not complete. Also, permits are not issued after business hours, on weekends, or holidays.
Plan Ahead for Weekend Sales
Because Wisconsin does not issue import permits after business hours or on weekends, organizers of weekend sales where permits are required may need to obtain a blanket permit number in advance of the sale.
Blanket permits would be used primarily for weekend sales of:
- Cattle, bison, and goats from the TB Modified Accredited zone in Michigan.
- Swine that may not originate from a herd that has tested negative to PRRS and PEDv within 90 days prior to import
- Swine that may be purchased or obtained from a commingled auction, sale, or exhibition at which all swine attending the event were not tested for PRRS and PEDv within 90 days prior to the event
- It might be applicable in other circumstances (sales of exotics, wild raptor imports, etc.).
In the above situations, WI importers, sale organizers, or their veterinarians can obtain a blanket import permit in advance of the sale. Blanket permits are not used for routine imports.
Import permits are required for some swine imports effective as of February 1, 2018. Please visit the swine page to learn more. The swine import permit application can be found here.