BBA Shipping and Transport Ltd — North America

Below are details of import requirements applicable in the USA and Canada. For other countries, please use the relevant item from the main menu, or refer to the Global Regions page. Please contact us if you require any further information.

USA

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Thank you for enquiring about import regulations for the shipment of your horse into the United States of America.

We regularly fly horses into New York and Los Angeles, and occasionally into Miami. Our aim is to make all procedures as easy and comfortable as possible for you.

Although horses need to undergo pre-export veterinary testing prior to departure, no quarantine is required. Blood sampling prior to export out of the UK is not mandatory; it has become a standard procedure and is always highly recommended.

On arrival in the USA all horses must undergo a standard USDA post import quarantine for a period of 72 hours. During this time blood samples for Infectious Anaemia, Glanders, Dourine and Piroplasmosis are taken — all tests must return a negative result.

Horses In Training — Colts and fillies in training will require 3 sets of CEM swabs to be taken over a 12 day period, with a minimum of 72 hours between each set. Sites for fillies include the mucosa of the clitoral fossa, clitoral sinuses and either the distal cervix or endometrium. Sites for colts include the prepuce, urethral sinus, distal urethra and the fossa glandis. The last set of swabs must be taken within 30 days of export. Bloods will also be taken for testing prior to departure.

On arrival into the USA the above procedure applies. Once negative results have been obtained, horses are free to travel to their final destination.

Geldings & horses under 731 days of age which have never been bred — no CEM testing is required for horses that meet these criteria; however it is usual practice to bleed the horses prior to departure.

Mares over 731 days of age — a set of CEM swabs must be taken within 30 days of export from the surface of the clitoral fossa, clitoral sinuses and either the distal cervix or endometrium (for non-pregnant mares). Bloods will also be taken at the same time.

On arrival in the USA, mares over 731 days of age are required to complete a further 16 days CEM quarantine immediately after the initial 3 days. This will be completed at an official USDA approved farm and will involve further CEM testing by means of swab and blood samples.

Stallions over 731 days of age — a set of CEM swabs must be taken within 30 days of export from the prepuce, urethral sinus, fossa glandis and the distal urethra. Bloods will also be taken at the same time.

On arrival in the USA, stallions over 731 days of age are required to complete a further CEM quarantine immediately after the initial 3 days. This will be completed at an official USDA approved farm and will involve three sets of swabs being taken prior to the stallion undergoing a specific test breeding programme which will take between 30-45 days.

Canada

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Thank you for enquiring about import regulations for the shipment of your horse to Canada.

It is a requirement that all horses shipping to Canada undergo pre-export isolation for the entire time needed to complete the export testing. During the isolation period, bloods must be taken for Coggins (within 60 days of export) and Piroplasmosis (within 30 days of export). All samples must return a negative result.

On arrival in Canada, all horses will undergo clinical examination and will then be transported directly to the approved quarantine farm.

Geldings and horses under 731 days of age — prior to export, horses that meet these criteria will only require bloods to be taken during the pre-export isolation period.

On arrival in Canada, these horses will complete a post import quarantine period of around 1 week.

Mares over 731 days of age — in addition to the bloods, mares over 731 days of age will require a set of CEM swabs taken within 40 days of export and during the pre-export isolation. Swabs must be taken from three separate sites: the mucosa of the clitoral fossa, medial clitoral sinuses and lateral clitoral sinuses. Once the swabs have been taken the mare cannot be mated by means of natural service or artificial insemination.

On arrival in Canada mares over 731 days of age will be taken to an approved CEM quarantine facility, where they will be retested. This will take around 25-30 days.

Stallions over 731 days of age — as with mares, stallions over 731 days of age will require a set of CEM swabs taken within 40 days of export and during the pre-export isolation period. Swabs must be taken from three separate sites: the prepuce, urethral sinus and the fossa glandis. Once the swabs have been taken the stallion cannot be mated by either natural service or artificial insemination.

On arrival in Canada stallions over 731 days of age will be taken to an approved CEM facility, where they will be retested by means of swabs and a specific test breeding programme which will take around 45-50 days.


All blood testing and swabbing prior to shipment will be co-ordinated by BBA Shipping, as will all export paperwork. Any further details can be obtained from our office. Our specialist adviser for the North American regions is Ali Galliers-Pratt.