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November 29, 2005

Letter of Information on Exporting Breeding Ruminants to Mexico

I am forwarding the following information from the USDA's office in Texas regarding prohibition on shipping ruminants to Mexico. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Burda at 512-916-5555.
Carla Everett, Texas Animal Health Commission

November 2005

This letter is to advise that Mexico is not accepting U.S. origin cattle or breeding sheep and goats at this time.

It is a violation of U.S. regulations (Title 9 Code of Federal Regulations part 91) to illegally export breeding ruminants into Mexico. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has the authority and will take enforcement action for any illegal export movements of animals into Mexico. Monetary penalties are assessed when violations occur, and repeat violations are subject to increasing penalties.

Should Mexico decide to re-open the border to U.S. cattle and breeding sheep and goats, all animals must be officially identified, tested for Brucellosis and Tuberculosis (except sheep), and be accompanied to the port by an origin health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA Veterinary Services. This office will be the point of contact for information on the import and export of livestock through the Texas ports.

Please call this office if you have any information regarding illegal movements of animals into Mexico.

Kathleen Burda, DVM
Assistant Area Veterinarian in Charge
Import/Export, Texas


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