ReptilesExpress Canada Shipping

We have launched our new service – shipping your Reptiles to Canada.  In the past, you had to deal with multiple companies and governmental agencies to get your animal to your Canadian customers.  Now, you only deal with one company, Reptiles Express, to manage the whole shipment. 

 

What Animals Can I Ship?

All Animals are governed by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna Flora). All Animals are classified into 4 separate categories;

Non-Cites

These animals are the most straight forward animals to export!**

The most common animals in this list include Crested Geckos, Leopard Geckos, Corn Snakes and Western Hognose Snakes.

**Keynote on Non-CITES. Due to regulation in Australia, there are many non cites Animals that can pose a problem exporting (Bearded Dragons, knob tailed geckos & Blue Tongue Skinks to name a few). At this time we recommend avoiding these species as exportation at this time.

CITES I

Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. At this time we do not offer this appendix for export. An animal you may not know that’s in this category is the Dumerils Boa!

CITES II

This is the most common Appendix in CITES! This is where Ball Pythons, Boa Constrictors and other animals such as Panther Chameleons reside! This Appendix is possible to ship out. However, the wait for the paperwork is long. Typically 2-3 months is the turnaround from US Fish and Wildlife. This is also has a non refundable fee of $100 per USFWS.

CITES III

Is a very uncommon Appendix in Reptiles and Amphibians so at this time no need to worry about this one!

What does it cost to ship my Reptile to a customer in Canada?

For the first time, you can get the total cost to ship your Reptile to your Canadian customer in seconds! Visit our Quick Shipment Quote system on the homepage of ReptilesExpress.com.

Input your Zip code, your customer’s (recipient) Zip code, weight and dimensions of your package, and click on “Go”.  

The quoted price includes the FedEx Priority label to ship your animal to our Atlanta facility, Fish & Wildlife (FWS) inspection fees, holding fees, brokering fees, customs fees, shipping fees to our partner company in Toronto, repackaging fees, and FedEx Priority shipment from Toronto to your customer in Canada.

If you want ship multiple animals to multiple customers at one time, our system makes it easy to get a price for the whole shipment.

The VAT (Value Added Tax) of 5% and CITES II permit charges if you ship a CITES II animal, are additional.

How does the service work?

To keep the price of the service as low as possible for everyone, we send animals in ‘groups’ of shipments. All group shipments will be scheduled by Reptiles Express. If you do not want to wait for a group shipment we will be happy to send out your order on its own! You will be paying the full of cost USFW instead of saving on the group price.

The shipments will be sent to our partner company Reptile Runner in Toronto.  Reptile Runner will split the shipments and send directly to your recipients.

How do I send a CITES II animal to my customer in Canada?

FWS requires three documents from US shippers:

1. CITES 11 permits

2. Animal Declaration

3. FWS Inspection

 We will file the paperwork on your behalf and group permits to one shipment.  FWS takes from 30 to 60 days to process permits.  Once the permit has been obtained, we will schedule a time for you to ship your animal(s) to your customer in Canada.  The cost to obtain the CITES II permits are:

Number of Animals Shipped

Import Permit Fee

1

$150.00

2

$280.00

3+

$400.00

 

The permit fees are non-refundable.  It is important that the paperwork is filled out correctly so Fish & Wildlife doesn’t reject your permit. Final payment for the shipment costs will be made at the time of shipment scheduled.

How do I send a non-CITES animal to my customer in Canada?

FWS requires two documents from US shippers:

1. Animal Declaration Form.

2. FWS Inspection

FWS does NOT require a permit to ship your non-CITES animal to Canada. 

When you fill out your order online for each animal, you will be able to fill out the declaration information for us to present to FWS during inspection.

The available ship dates will be highlighted when you place your shipment order:

Can I ship my Reptiles anywhere in Canada?

Unfortunately, FedEx does not cover all Canada with one day service yet.  If your shipment falls in a two-day Priority Overnight zone from our Toronto office, the shipment is not eligible.  That’s simply too much time in transit for the animal.  You can tell if your shipment is eligible for ReptilesExpress shipping by putting your customer’s zip code into the Quick quote system:

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