Wednesday, September 6, 2017

As More Rescue Animals Enter Canada Due To Recent Hurricanes In The U.S. The Canadian Border Cracks Down

As a valued partner in protecting the health of animals, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reaching out to you for your help promoting awareness of dog import requirements when crossing the Canadian border. This broad awareness of the import requirements will be especially critical at this time given the potential increased desire to bring rescued dogs from areas of the United States impacted by Hurricane Harvey into Canada. 

To help importers understand dog import requirements the CFIA has created an infographic to make the rules and requirements for permits easier to understand. The infographic outlines the difference between commercial imports (which require permits for dogs less than 8 months of age) and personal imports.  This infographic can be found at the following link :

For those seeking to import dogs at this time due to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, please find key points captured below:
          •  The import of dogs rescued and destined for an animal welfare organization in Canada 
              constitutes a commercial import.

          •  Effective November 1, 2013, in order for an animal welfare organization to import rescued
             dogs for further distribution or transfer ownership of dogs destined for adoption after arrival
             in Canada, this importer must meet the requirements for the “Resale” end use code, which are
             as follows:
a) For commercial dogs less than eight months of age:
  an import permit;
  a veterinary health certificate; and
  a rabies vaccination certificate; and
  a CFIA veterinary inspection. 
b) For commercial dogs eight months of age or older:  a rabies vaccination certificate; and a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) inspection (may be referred to CFIA for veterinary inspection if needed).
• An import permit lists the detailed requirements that must be met by a specific shipment of animal(s) in order to be allowed entry into Canada. In the case of commercial dogs aged less than eight months, the import permit details the required vaccinations, health statements, microchip requirements as well as kennel of origin certification. It is important to note that the import permit must be obtained well before the animal is presented for entry into Canada and that the process may take up to 10 business days. The permit application can be found at the following link: 
Detailed information on the importation of dogs can be found on the CFIA website at the following link: 

Failure to meet the import requirements may result in the animal(s) being refused entry at the border, forfeited to the Crown or removed from Canada, all without compensation to, and at the expense of the importer. Please share this information with your clients through any social media platforms, bulletin boards or other means of communication that you use.