Importing and exporting animals to and from Canada
Making sure a pet arrives safely and quickly to its new home can be very complicated, and W2C’s customs brokers simplify the process. There is increased demand for animal imports in Canada, and it is crucial to know the necessary procedures. The Government of Canada can refuse entry to any animal that does not meet import guidelines, with the main goal of preventing the spread of disease. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires documentation for all animals entering the country.
Pet import and travel requirements apply to:
- Animals entering Canada permanently
- Animals in transit through Canada on their way to another destination
- Animals entering Canada for a temporary visit
- Animals returning to Canada
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 navigate all the details, 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.
Bringing 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 the respective requirements. For more information, please refer to the Government of Canada’s website.
If you have any questions about bringing a dog into Canada, contact the CFIA Animal Health District Office in your province or the province of final destination.
Knowing the regulations and requirements for importing animals into Canada is essential. Consult with a customs broker to help avoid potential complications or heartache.
Call us today and experience the difference W2C makes. We’ll make the import/export experience as seamless as possible for you and your pet.