Chapter 6 - Export to Mexico
6.3 Swine (updated October 2017)

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Breeding Swine
Health Certification

1. General requirements described in section 6.1 must be reviewed.

2. Certificate HA1240 Export Swine to Mexico / Exportación de cerdos a México must be used.

3. The animals must meet all the export certificate requirements.

4. Canada must be free from brucellosis, classical swine fever and pseudorabies (Aujeszky's disease).

5. Mexican authorities require each animal to be identified with a unique identification number. The animals may be identified with:

  1. ear tags that bear a unique 15 digit number that follows the ISO 11784 standard format. These tags can be either electronic or non-electronic; or
  2. ear tags which bear an official 5 digit alphanumeric CPC-designated herd mark unique to the production site, with a secondary unique herd management identification number on the same tag; or
  3. registered individual ear tattoos that permit trace back to the herd of origin.

6. The animals being exported must be inspected by an accredited veterinarian. Swine must be found to be free of clinical signs of infectious, contagious, or parasitic disease.

7. The animals did not present with clinical signs of disease within thirty (30) days prior to shipment, including influenza, based on veterinary inspection.

8. The animals being exported must be clinically free of atrophic rhinitis and originate from farms on which there have been no reported cases of atrophic rhinitis for at least 12 months before the date of exportation.

9. The animals being exported must originate from farms on which clinical cases of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) have not been present during the previous three months and which have not introduced swine from farms on which PRRS has been identified during the previous 30 days.

10. The animals exported to Mexico came from farms that did not have any cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea within the last 6 months.

11. The animals being exported must originate from herds where transmissible gastroenteritis has not been diagnosed during the past six months.

12. The animals being exported must have been vaccinated against the porcine circovirus type 2, prior to shipment.

13. The animals must be transported in cleaned and disinfected vehicles and must not be exposed to other livestock during transportation.

How to Complete the Canadian Health Certificates (HA1240)

14. The accredited veterinarian must use the most recent version of the export certificate. The accredited veterinarian who inspected the animals must sign the health certificate.

15. Mexican authorities do not accept hand written certificates. The certificate must be typed, including the "Reference number". The Reference number is assigned by the CFIA district office. The export certificate must not contain cross-outs, changes or errors. Fillable PDF certificates to Mexico are available from the CFIA district office.

16. The identification of each animal must be reported on the certificate including the identification number and a description of the animal.

17. The completed certificate will be submitted to a CFIA veterinary inspector to review and, if all requirements are met, it will be endorsed. Incomplete export certificates will be returned to the accredited veterinarian for completion. A fee will be charged for CFIA endorsement. Endorsed certificates will be returned to the accredited veterinarian. The health certificate is valid for 30 days from the date of examination.


Copy of export health certificate HA1240 is available at the district office.

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