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PostSubject: Canada Introduces Restrictions on Importation of all horses from the USA   Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:31 am

Canada Introduces Restrictions on Importation of all Equines,
Equine Semen, and Equine embryos from the USA

CFIA has announced the introduction of import restrictions on horses and
equine semen originating from the USA as a result of the current US
outbreak of Contagious Equine Metritis. Horses and other equidae (######,
mules and zebras) will not require an import permit, but will require
additional declarations on the health papers certifying that they have
not been on a premises where Taylorella equigenitalis has been
isolated during the 60 days immediately preceding exportation to Canada
or a premises currently under quarantine or investigation for CEM; and
that any female(s) in the shipment have not been bred naturally to, or
inseminated with, semen from a stallion positive for CEM, or a stallion
resident upon a positive premises or under quarantine or investigation
for CEM. Additionally, the animals must not show any signs of CEM on the
day of inspection.

Semen has different restrictions based upon the date of collection.
Semen collected prior to December 15th 2008 does not require an import
permit, but will require a U.S. Health Certificate that declares the
date of collection, the identity of the donor stallion and the identity
of the collection premises. Semen collected after December 15th 2008
will require an import permit (obtained from CFIA), and a U.S. Health
Certificate with the declaration that the donor stallion(s) have not
been on a premises where Taylorella equigenitalis has been isolated
during the 60 days immediately preceding collection of the semen for
export to Canada or a premises currently under quarantine or
investigation for CEM; and that the semen was processed using an
extender that contains antibiotics effective against /Taylorella
equigenitalis/. Semen presented for importation into Canada must be in
individual receptacles or straws, each marked with the collection date,
identity of the donor and the semen collection premises.

Embryos will require an import permit (obtained from CFIA), and a U.S.
Health Certificate with the declaration that the donor mare(s) have not
been on a premises where Taylorella equigenitalis has been isolated
during the 60 days immediately preceding the collection of the embryo(s)
for export to Canada or a premises currently under quarantine or
investigation for CEM and have not been bred naturally or inseminated
with semen from a stallion positive for CEM, or a stallion resident upon
a positive premises or under quarantine or investigation for CEM; and
that the flushing medium that was used to collect the embryo(s) contains
antibiotics effective against Taylorella equigenitalis. Embryos
presented for importation into Canada must be in sterile straws or
pipettes, each marked with the collection date, identity of the donor
and the embryo collection premises.

Import Permit applications can be obtained from the CFIA web site at
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/...it_covere.shtml.

A single import permit costs Cdn$35, multiple use Cdn$60. Border
inspection for semen will cost Cdn$35; horses (single) Cdn$25. Inland
inspection of semen will cost Cdn$32 for 1-49 units, Cdn$51 for 50-499
units, incrementally increasing for more units. Canadian horses that
enter the US and will be returning will now be given an extra page by
the endorsing CFIA Vet. to go with the Canadian Export Health
certificate, that must be presented to an accredited vet in the USA for
completion, and must be be endorsed by a USDA vet before returning to
Canada. Canada Border Services Agency will be looking for this document
before allowing re-entry. Additionally, semen and embryos will be
subject to inspection upon importation, and consequently there will be
restrictions in some cases as to point of entry to Canada. The
restrictions placed on entry of horses is implemented immediately, while
the restrictions on semen and embryos will be implemented approximately
January 26th 2009.

As it is not unlikely that there will be some initial confusion with
these new requirements, we recommend that Canadian importers and/or US
exporters in the near future contact CFIA and/or USDA-Aphis for
confirmation of requirements prior to attempting border crossing.

Links and References to Other Pages:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/en...mport/permit_covere.shtml
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PostSubject: Re: Canada Introduces Restrictions on Importation of all horses from the USA   Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:10 pm

Here are the protocols for getting semen from the US to Canada.

This is exactly what has to happen for importing semen to Canada from the US this year....


1) canadian person that wants the semen has to order the permit, $35.00cdn for a single permit, good for 30 days - or a mulitple permit $60.00cdn good for one year (this one makes the most sense incase your mare doesn't catch the first time)

2) canadian person sends permit to US stallion owner

3) stallion owner collects stallion (doesn;t have to be an accredited vet that does the actually collecting)

4) An ACCREDITED vet has to fill out the documention,

5) then the documentation has to be stamped by a USDA vet ($51.00US cost)

6) and finally once the documentation is back with the semen it can get on the plane....


SO...this is not only going to cost alot more money BUT it could be tough to get live semen with how much time this is all going to take.

I have yet to hear if the procedures are the same to get semen TO the US from Canada. It sounds like they are NOT putting any time limits on how long the restrictions will be in place either.
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PostSubject: Re: Canada Introduces Restrictions on Importation of all horses from the USA   Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:29 pm

Will they consider a horse "visiting" Canada for Canadian nationals as an "import"? And if so, what are the steps to get across the border and compete?
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PostSubject: Re: Canada Introduces Restrictions on Importation of all horses from the USA   Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:04 pm

I'll check again ,but yes any horse crossing the border to compete, either to the US or to Canada, is considered an import.

They must have an 'clear' status listed on thier horse 'passport', basically saying they have NOT be exposed to either the breeding farm where this orginated from or to any horses that are now known affected because of the outbreak.

Okay here is what is off the USDA website (pertinant parts only) for horses from Canada:

A. Horses from Canada entering the US either permanently or
temporarily must be accompanied by a health certificate endorsed
by a salaried veterinarian of the Canadian government stating that
the horses have:

i. Been in that country for 60 days immediately preceding
importation.*

ii. Been inspected and found free of contagious diseases and
insofar as can be determined, exposure thereto during the 60
days immediately preceding exportation.

iii. Not been vaccinated with a live, attenuated, or inactivated
vaccine during the 14 days immediately preceding
exportation.

iv. Not been on premises where African horse sickness, dourine,
glanders, surra, epizootic lymphangitis, ulcerative
lymphangitis, equine piroplasmosis, equine infectious anemia
(EIA), contagious equine metritis (CEM), vesicular
stomatitis, or Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis has
occurred during the 60 days immediately preceding
exportation, nor have these diseases occurred on any
adjoining premises during this same period of time.

v. Not been in a country where CEM is known to exist, nor have
had any contact, breeding or otherwise, with horses from such
a country, for the 12 months preceding exportation.

vi. been found negative to Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)
within 180 days prior to export on a sample tested by an
approved laboratory.

*Horses from Canada who have been in Canada less than 60 days
must be accompanied by an original copy of export health
certificate from country of origin. If original is not available, a
copy endorsed by Canadian government veterinary officials is
acceptable. In addition, they must be accompanied by certification
from Canadian government veterinary officials that the horses have
been tested for dourine, glanders equine infectious anemia,
piroplasmosis, and have been released from quarantine. Import
testing requirements for Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) if
required have been met in Canada, and the horse should be
accompanied by documentation certifying to the testing. The
official export health certificate statements in i. – v. above will
certify the horses for the time period they have been in Canada.
For horses from Canada imported into the US for less than 30 days
under Temporary Customs Authorization, the health certificate is
valid for an unlimited number of importations for 30 days from the
date on the health certificate.

B. Horses of US origin exported to Canada with a US-issued export
health certificate valid for a period of 30 days from the date of issue
may reenter the United States an unlimited number of times during
the 30-day period, without USDA veterinary port inspection, at any
Custom land border port of entry designated for animals from

Canada, if accompanied by the original export health certificate.

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That's all I could find. I have a call into the 'border vet' here in WA, but have yet to here back for exact protocols for taking a US horse to a show in Canada.

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PostSubject: Re: Canada Introduces Restrictions on Importation of all horses from the USA   Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:49 pm

I am saddened by this but one has r=to be careful many of oour beef cattle operators have gone bankrupt because the borders to US were closed due to mad cow disease.. Sad Sad Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Canada Introduces Restrictions on Importation of all horses from the USA   Thu May 07, 2009 11:37 pm

I can understand why there are restrictions between our two Countries. However, it does make it more difficult to ship seman, and the costs just keep going up.
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