Colombia has lifted its ban on U.S. poultry and egg imports after being shut down in August 2023, when Colombia’s Institute for Agriculture and Livestock (ICA) cited HPAI outbreaks as the reason for the market closure.

A press release from ICA stated that Colombia has been declared free of HPAI by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), and the pre-existing trade restrictions were put in place to protect the country’s poultry industry. However, in February, an agreement was reached between animal health authorities from both countries, that would change the requirements for the importation of day-old birds, fertile eggs, egg products, fresh or frozen poultry meat and processed poultry products while still protecting Colombia’s HPAI-free status.

An update to the FSIS Export Library is expected soon.