March 28, 2008
March 28, 2008 - Officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico concluded a series of meetings where they announced protocols, effective today (March 28), to harmonize standards for the export of U.S. and Canadian breeding cattle to Mexico consistent with international standards.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Mexico's Secretar?a de Agricultura, Ganader?a, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentaci?n (SAGARPA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will make effective protocols for the trade of breeding cattle born after Jan. 1, 1999, consistent with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) standards. The new protocols outline conditions for the export of U.S. and Canadian cattle to Mexico.
Canadian exporters will need to obtain import permits from APHIS and SAGARPA, as well as a health certificate from CFIA. Shipments will be inspected by U.S. and Mexican officials.
Breeding sheep are not included in these protocols.