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Old 01-18-04, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, to those who are familiar with shipping animals from the states to Canada:

I was wondering about the species that are not on the CITES list, concerning their importation whether or not there are any fees other than the shipping cost itself? Any kind of paper work to complete by the buyer?

Thanks for any help that can be offered!

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Old 01-19-04, 12:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You might want to look into the WAPPRIITA act of Canada. (The Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act). It states that to import ANY wildlife, even from province to province, you need a permit. I don't know if there is a cost associated with this in Ontario, but there is in Alberta.

Here's a link directly to the act:

http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/W-8.5/106409.html
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Old 01-19-04, 01:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ken,

While WAPPRIITA does say the following:

6. (1) No person shall import into Canada any animal or plant that was taken, or any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant, that was possessed, distributed or transported in contravention of any law of any foreign state.

(Essentially, if it was against the law there, then it is also against the law here!)

Importation and exportation
(2) Subject to the regulations, no person shall, except under and in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to subsection 10(1), import into Canada or export from Canada any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant.

(Essentially, you could be required to get a permit for anything, but check with the regulations)

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(3) Subject to the regulations, no person shall, except under and in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to subsection 10(1), transport from one province to another province any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant.

(Same as above but check the regulations!)

When you check the regulations, they currently say:

6. (1) A person who imports into Canada an animal or plant that is listed as "fauna" or "flora" in Appendix II to the Convention but is not listed in Schedule II, or any part or derivative of any such animal or plant, is exempted from holding a permit issued under subsection 10(1) of the Act where the person has obtained, before import, a permit, certificate or written authorization that satisfies the requirements of the Convention and is granted by a competent authority in the country of export.

(If you satisfied the CITES requirements for the listed species, then you are exempt from a WAPPRIITA permit).

(2) Subject to subsection (3), a person who imports into Canada an animal or plant that is listed as "fauna" or "flora" in Appendix III to the Convention but is not listed in Schedule II, or any part or derivative of any such animal or plant, is exempted from holding a permit issued under subsection 10(1) of the Act where the person has obtained, before import, a certificate that satisfies the requirements of the Convention and is granted by a competent authority in the country of export.

(Pretty much the same)


(3) Where a person imports into Canada an animal or plant referred to in subsection (2) and listed in a subitem of column I of Schedule I, or any part or derivative of any such animal or plant, from a country of export listed in column III of that subitem, the person is exempted from holding a permit issued under subsection 10(1) of the Act where the person has obtained, before import, a permit or certificate that satisfies the requirements of the Convention and is granted by a competent authority in that country.

Basically, if you follow the rules set out under CITES, and the relevant provincial, federal, and US jurisdictions, you should be fine under WAPPRIITA.

Adam- as I've said many times before, what you need to do varies widely with the species you want to import, sometimes the numbers involved, what border crossing or ports of export and import you intend to use, etc. I, or others, might be able to give you specific help if you can give specifics of what you would like to do.

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Don't forget usfw probably will want you to have the animal inspected (for a fee).
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True enough, Lisa, assuming he's talking about 'wildlife'. All we know so far is 'mammal'- more details required!

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wow, that was a lot of info to absorb! heheh! Thanks for the explanation everyone. I will copy and save that, so I remember for future cases! Luckily I have found a Canadian breeder of Afican pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) with a variety of colours, which is what I'm looking for.

Thanks for all the help!

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