Shipping Slimy Pets:  CITES permits aren’t for the faint of heart!

Many times our pets aren’t furry.  Sometimes they’re slimy, sticky or scratchy—but loved nonetheless!  We still provide our same great pet transport services for shipping exotic species.  Today we got an email from Ian C.:

Hi, Do you do permit acquiring for shipping endangered species (captive   breed), says Axolotl, from US to Canada? It will need a CITES permit and US   Fish and Wildlife Export Import License/permit.

Ian doesn’t say where he’s going to or from, however we have arranged CITES import and export permits for a variety of species (mostly parrots and tortoises, but we’re always up for trying something new!). 

CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and protects not only endangered species but other exotic species that might be subject to endangerment if not controlled.  Countries choose to opt into the convention, and if you are moving to/from a country and your pet is listed on the CITES protected species for that country, you’ll need to make sure you have the right permits ahead of time.  Departing from the US, pet owners will also need to have their pet inspected and permits issued by the US Fish & Wildlife Service prior to departure as well.

It takes about 6-7 months for us to obtain the documentation required to safely and legally ship a CITES species, so we advise people who are planning pet travel with exotic or endangered pets to contact us as soon as they can.


PetRelocation Team





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By Leslie Shanley on January 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Hello,I am looking to re-locate back to my Home Country of Germany by End of this Year. I have Pets also-2 Birds - 1 Cockatiel and 1 Parakeet 1 Turtle- Greek Tortoise .Please advise on what I need to do to re-locate them with me. I will be coming into Frankfurt International Airport. Thank you

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 16, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Hi Leslie,

You should be able to move all three of your pets to Frankfurt, but it some steps will vary depending your origin country. At least one of your pets (the Greek Tortoise) is a CITES listed species, which means it will require additional expense and permits to move. The authority you must obtain these permits through will depend on your country of residence. For example, if you are moving from the US, you would need to obtain a permit through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Although your parakeet and cockatiel probably aren't CITES listed species, I would double check with them (or your country's wildlife conservation department) to confirm this fact. Germany also has some separate regulations regarding the importation of birds and other animals.

Because of the species you're moving, this will require more paperwork and preparation than if you were moving a dog or cat, but it can be done!. If you would like to speak with one of our pet relocation specialists about this move, please fill out our Arrange a Move form and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Hope this helps!

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