(a)  No animal, including poultry or birds of any species, that is affected with, or exposed to, within the contagious period of, any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, or which originates from a quarantine area affecting such animal, shall be transported or in any manner moved into the state until written permission for such importation has been obtained from:

State Veterinarian of North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Raleigh, North Carolina 27611

Those diseased or exposed animals which are approved by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, United States Department of Agriculture for interstate shipment for immediate slaughter are exempt from this provision; however, any vehicle used to transport such diseased or exposed animals must be cleaned and disinfected immediately after use and prior to transporting other animals.

(b)  All livestock (including the American buffalo or bison which for the purpose of this Section shall be considered as beef cattle) transported or otherwise moved into the state shall be accompanied by a health certificate, and permit when required, which shall be attached to the waybill or shall be in the possession of the driver of the vehicle or person in charge of the livestock.

(c)  A copy of the health certificate approved by the chief livestock sanitary official of the state of origin shall be forwarded within 30 days of issuance to:

State Veterinarian

472 Agriculture Building

Post Office Box 26026

Raleigh, North Carolina 27611

(d)  Livestock entering North Carolina without a proper health certificate, and permit when required, shall be quarantined and held at the owner's risk and expense until released by the State Veterinarian.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 106‑307.4; 106‑307.5; 106‑317; 106-348; 106‑540;

Eff. April 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. July 18, 2002; April 1, 1997;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. March 26, 2017.