IMPORTING horses from Canada

IMPORTING horses from Canada

Post by V pol » Sun, 14 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Does anyone out there have experience with this? My trainer and I are
looking for a new horse for me and she has a lead - in Canada (we're in New
York). This is a Canadian Sport horse,  and from what I hear, a pretty good
bang for the buck, considering the strength of the US dollar. Anyway, this
all sounds good, but I'm a bit concerned about import duties, taxes and
quarantines, which may make the price not as terrific as we think. Any
thoughts?

 
 
 

IMPORTING horses from Canada

Post by Kaset » Sun, 14 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Your vet will be able to help you with all current requirements.
Inspection at the border is mandatory and tax may be owing.  Check the
requirements BEFORE you put the horse on the van for your own state and
situation of purchase.  Also, check US Agi requirements for importation.
They may even have an net site where you can get general information.

If all of the paperwork is in order when you reach the border, crossing is
easy--I ship horses back and forth to Toronto all the time without any
difficulties except the waiting time at the border which is more a function
of traffic,  time of arrival and availablity of a vet for the inspection
then anything else--but if the horse is on the truck and you don't have
what you need already in order, you will wish you did.   With the dollar so
favorable, I don't shop in the US anymore except for very inexpensive
horses where the purchase price does not justify the shipping expenditure..

Kasette

 
 
 

IMPORTING horses from Canada

Post by JRDVMDIV » Sun, 14 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
(V polch) writes:
>Does anyone out there have experience with this? My trainer and I are
>looking for a new horse for me and she has a lead - in Canada (we're in New
>York). This is a Canadian Sport horse,  and from what I hear, a pretty good
>bang for the buck, considering the strength of the US dollar. Anyway, this
>all sounds good, but I'm a bit concerned about import duties, taxes and
>quarantines, which may make the price not as terrific as we think. Any
>thoughts?

Contact your DVM for import requirements.

Good Luck
IMHO, All Standard Disclaimers Apply
Julie A. Robinson DVM, MVSc, MS, DABVP (Equine)


 
 
 

IMPORTING horses from Canada

Post by LW » Sun, 14 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Does anyone out there have experience with this? My trainer and I are
> looking for a new horse for me and she has a lead - in Canada (we're in New
> York). This is a Canadian Sport horse,  and from what I hear, a pretty good
> bang for the buck, considering the strength of the US dollar. Anyway, this
> all sounds good, but I'm a bit concerned about import duties, taxes and
> quarantines, which may make the price not as terrific as we think. Any
> thoughts?

APHIS (Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service) has an on-line site
which should be able to answer many of your import questions.  Bringing
horses across border is generally quick & painless providing you have
all the necessary paperwork.
 
 
 

IMPORTING horses from Canada

Post by Amy Kolzo » Mon, 15 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Does anyone out there have experience with this? My trainer and I are
> looking for a new horse for me and she has a lead - in Canada (we're in New
> York). This is a Canadian Sport horse,  and from what I hear, a pretty good
> bang for the buck, considering the strength of the US dollar. Anyway, this
> all sounds good, but I'm a bit concerned about import duties, taxes and
> quarantines, which may make the price not as terrific as we think. Any
> thoughts?

It is fairly easy to get a horse into the States from Canada.  At least
it was four years ago.  You have to get an international health
certificate and I think a Coggins too.  This cost me under $100 and was
handled by my friend on the Canadian side.  Then you have to schedule an
appointment with the U.S. Border for a vet inspection (no charge) for
permanent importation.  There is no quarantine, but there most
definitely is an import tax - it was about 7% back then.  I suggest you
contact the border offices for more up to date information.  

Be polite and respectful to both sides and you shouldn't have a
problem.  Make sure you have all the horse's papers in order and realize
that many of these border guys don't know a horse from a hog.  They may
ask "stupid" questions like - which is the chestnut and which is the
buckskin, are you sure you have the right horse back there (without even
looking in the trailer).  You may also be inspected when crossing into
Canada to make sure your trailer is empty - of manure as well as
livestock!

Hope this helps.
Amy