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What GAO Found The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) oversee inspections of imported agricultural products to protect the U.S.
The United States legally imported more than 1 billion live animals from 2005 through 2008. With increased trade and travel, zoonotic diseases (transmitted between animals and humans) and animal diseases can emerge anywhere and spread rapidly.
GAO reviewed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) procedures for disposing of property which is forfeited or abandoned because of a lack of a permit or documentation required for its import into the United States. This property includes some live endangered species and other restricted items.