USDA will accept Canadian digital export certificates for live bovine as of June 1, 2020


Source: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) have come to an agreement that as of June 1, 2020, the United States (US) will accept electronically signed health certificates (i.e. certificates that are requested and issued via My CFIA) for the import of live cattle and bison at all US Points of Entry. Regular certification will continue to be accepted by the USDA.


An electronic export certificate pilot program using My CFIA for live bovine to the US began in November 2019 in Emerson, Manitoba. This work is continuing and will be expanded to additional ports in measured stages, based on industry and CFIA readiness. More information will be shared as more ports of entry are ready to implement the electronic export certificates in your area.

To learn more about My CFIA and how to enroll, please visit If you are a live cattle or bison exporter, or an associated accredited veterinarian, and are interested in using electronic export certificates, please contact Rachel Wheat at


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