Live Animals

Importing animals to Canada

There is currently an increased demand for animal imports, particularly bringing a dog into Canada. However, it can be very tricky to prepare for the arrival of a pet in its new home. W2C’s customs clearance experts will make it easier for you.

What do I need to know?

To help prevent the spread of disease, the Government of Canada can refuse entry to any animal that does not meet import guidelines. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires documentation for all animals entering the country.

Pet import and travel requirements apply to:

How W2C can help you

Shipments of live animals are subject to stringent regulations. It is important to comply with government regulators by having the necessary documentation so that your pet can enter the country. W2C is here to help you throughout the entire process, ensuring that any inadvertent fraud is avoided. We treat every animal shipment with great care and consideration, focusing on all aspects of the import/export process: transit, delivery, release, documentation, compliance and Customs follow-up. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Importing a dog into Canada

If you wish to import a dog into Canada, it is important to know all the intricacies involved. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and other Participating Government Agencies have strict rules that must be followed. Bringing a dog into Canada involves a great deal of planning and W2C will guide you every step of the way.

A valid rabies vaccination certificate is required to import a dog into Canada. Moreover, a licensed veterinarian must issue the certificate in English or French and clearly identify the dog by breed, colour and weight.

If you need a puppy or dog import permit, it is important to know the difference between personal and commercial imports and their respective requirements. For more detailed information, please refer to the Government of Canada’s website.

Numerous regulations and requirements govern the import of animals into Canada. Consult with a customs broker to help avoid potential complications or heartache.

Call us today and see for yourself the W2C difference. We’ll make the experience as seamless as possible for you and your pet.

our experts

Aziz Zahiri

Director Customs Expertise

Aziz Zahiri is passionate about customs. He has next to 30 years of experience in this field, first as an instructor at a customs brokers’ school, then as Chief customs broker in Morocco.

Since 2012, he has been W2C’s Director customs expertise. His acute attention to detail leaves nothing to chance. Aziz has a rare talent for finding an answer to any technical or otherwise particular question. A great asset to our team, he attaches a lot of importance to providing excellent customer service.

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