Or. Admin. R. 603-011-0255 - Importation of Animals Into Oregon; General Provisions

(1) No livestock that are affected with or that have been known to be exposed to any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, shall be shipped or in any manner moved or transported into Oregon except as authorized in following sections.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this rule, all livestock transported or moved in any manner into Oregon are required to obtain an import permit from the Department before entry. The permit number shall be recorded on the grazing permit or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection document, and be in the possession of the driver of the vehicle or person in charge of the animals.
(a) At the time an import permit is requested, the Department may require that a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or Grazing Permit be obtained at the point of origin and shall accompany the applicable livestock into Oregon.
(b) The State Veterinarian may allow any livestock import requirements to be completed at the first point of destination within this state, on a case-by case basis, if it is determined by the State Veterinarian, that such action will not create a disease hazard to the livestock of this state;
(4) No livestock may be imported into Oregon that are specifically prohibited from interstate movement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
(5) The following are exempted from the requirement to obtain an Oregon import permit:
(a) Animals being moved or transported directly (without diversion) to a licensed Oregon slaughtering establishment. Animals consigned for slaughter and received in such slaughtering establishments may not be released from such establishments except by special permission from the State Veterinarian;
(b) Livestock originating in other states and shipped to a state-federal approved livestock auction market in Oregon. Such livestock shall be required to comply with all other applicable administrative rules for import into Oregon;
(c) Livestock being transported through the state without interruption, other than stops for feed, water and rest;
(d) Any resident animal leaving and returning to Oregon within 30 days; and
(e) Dogs, cats, reptiles, and non-poultry birds traveling interstate in a family vehicle as part of that social entity.
(f) Livestock for which the Department has on file in its database a valid electronic Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, bearing the seal of approval from the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials, demonstrating that such livestock have met all other applicable importation requirements.
(6) All livestock imported into Oregon must meet the United State Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Traceability standards as specified by 9 CFR Part 86.
(7) Requirements for the exhibition of livestock shall comply with the directives of the Department for that specific exhibit.
(a) Canadian cattle imported into Oregon must be born after 1999, individually identified by an official Canadian ear tag, applied before the animal's arrival at the port of entry into the United States, that is traceable to the premises of Canadian origin of the animal and be listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
(b) Canadian cattle imported into Oregon must have a properly applied hot iron CAN brand or tattoo. The CAN brand must be easily visible on the live animal and on the carcass before skinning. The CAN brand must be not less than 2 inches nor more than 4 inches high, and must be applied to each animal's right hip, high on the tail-head (over the junction of the sacral and first cocygeal vertebrae). If a tattoo is used it must identify the exporting country with the CAN letters applied to the inside of the left ear.
(9) Livestock being transported or moved, in any manner, into Oregon without an import permit and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or grazing permit, when required, shall be held in quarantine at the owner's risk and expense until released by the Department. This section shall not be construed as a waiver of enforcing the provisions of ORS 596.990 for violation of regulations relating to importation of livestock.


Or. Admin. R. 603-011-0255
AD 890(20-68), f. 10-28-68, ef. 11-1-68; AD 1047(37-74), f. 9-20-74, ef. 10-11-74; AD 9-1977, f. & ef. 4-6-77; AD 7-1981, f. & ef. 5-13-81; AD 3-1984, f. & ef. 1-20-84; DOA 1-2000, f. & cert. ef. 1-4-00; DOA 18-2007(Temp), f. 11-9-07, cert. ef. 11-15-07 thru 5-10-08; Administrative correction 5-20-08; DOA 17-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-15-08; DOA 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 1-6-11; DOA 8-2017, f. & cert. ef. 3/22/2017; DOA 12-2020, amend filed 07/20/2020, effective 7/20/2020; DOA 22-2023, temporary amend filed 05/22/2023, effective 5/22/2023 through 11/17/2023

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 561 & 596

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 596.341

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