APHIS Requests Comments on a Proposal to Amend Requirements for Importation of Equines

On November 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal, Plant, and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposed rule to amend the regulations for the importation of equines. The rule would increase the number of days horses exported from regions free from contagious equine merits (CEM) can spend in a CEM-affected region and re-enter the country without testing. APHIS is also proposing several additional changes, stating that the updates better align with international standards. The agency is seeking specific comments and feedback on the number and kinds of small entities that may be impacted by the rule and what impacts they may incur.

Written comments are due by January 28, 2022.