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Canada (CA)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

Information about the process required to import animals into Canada can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.


The CFIA advises that it is the importer’s responsibility to determine whether the species for importation into Canada is subject to the controls imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and/or other restrictions under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulations of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA), which are administered by the Canadian Wildlife Service.

If you are importing live birds from Australia into Canada, you should check the specific Import measures for live birds for the latest information regarding Australia's eligibility to export live birds to Canada and any additional requirements.

Refer to these and the Department's websites for current information about exporting animals (including any suspensions).

Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

As required by the importing country.

The Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) provides guidance on the current import requirements for CFIA regulated commodities based on applicable animal health policies.

Special requirements

Permission to move zoo animals out of Australia

You may need permission under wildlife trade laws to move certain zoo animals out of Australia. Refer to the Department's International and wildlife trade requirements.

There is specific guidance for non-commercial wildlife trade for public exhibition, scientific research, conservation breeding and personal use.


Other requirements

Transport requirements

The importing country may have specific transport requirements and you should check this.

Pre- and post-arrival quarantine requirements

The importing country may have specific pre- and post-arrival quarantine requirements and you should check this.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 27 May 2021.

Latest updates

20/07/2021 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:39 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:42 PM