Santa Gains All Permits for Travel, California is First Stop
The permit will allow Santa and his
reindeer to enter and exit the United States between the hours of 6 PM December
24, 2013 and 6 AM December 25, 2013, through or over any northern border port.
In a fireside interview, Santa told California Ag Today that after
entering from the north, his itinerary will commence in California’s Central
Valley, where he can stock up on his favorite snacks: tree nuts and kale. Santa
will bring some citrus back to the elves.
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“During this season of giving, USDA wants to do
everything in its power to help Santa,” said Dr. John R. Clifford, USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer. USDA
has agreed to waive normal application fees and entry inspection/sniffing dogs/overtime
certification/visiting visa and foreign currency exchange, provided he winks
his eye and wishes port personnel a Merry Christmas at the time of crossing.
APHIS also waived the normally
applicable disease testing requirements, as the North Pole is recognized by
APHIS as a negligible risk for all livestock diseases; at a recent inspection,
the reindeer were found to be healthy and able to prance and paw with each
As a condition of entry, Santa
Claus must certify the reindeer as never having been fed anything other than
hay, sugarplums, and gingerbread. The reindeer must also be individually
identified with microchips or official ear tag identification, and must respond
to the names ‘Dasher’, ‘Dancer’, ‘Prancer’, ‘Vixen’, ‘Comet’, ‘Cupid’,
‘Donner,’ ‘Blitzen’ and ‘Rudolph’ when interacting with port
No more than one reindeer in the
group may be visibly affected by ‘Rednose Syndrome’, and upon entry, port
personnel will visually inspect the reindeer to ensure they are healthy and fit
for continued travel.
They will arrive pulling a wooden
sleigh that has jingling bells attached and is filled with brightly wrapped
gifts. Port personnel will clean and disinfect the runners and underside
of the sleigh at the time of entry.
The Division of Motor Vehicles has
already provided Santa with registration plates for the sleigh. Santa renewed
his drivers’ license just in time for the journey.
“With these steps completed, the
reindeer will continue their journey across the country and around the world,
spreading holiday cheer as they go,” said Clifford.
APHIS regulates the movement of cervids,
noted by their antlers, including reindeer, to protect the health of America’s
livestock population. The permitting process provides assurance that only
healthy animals enter the United States.
California Ag Today wishes everyone a Merry
Christmas, a Happy New Year, a good 2014 crop and a deluge of rain.
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