CITES: Canada to USA

Prohibited Animals for Exportation through Reptile Express: *CITES I and III listed species;
*ESA listed species;
*INJ (injurious wildlife) such as: Burmese Python; Yellow Anaconda; Northern and Southern African Rock Pythons as well as the Brown Tree Snake (boiga irregularis) – *Apr9/2017 Update: This may soon be changing*
*Venomous animals
Some animals that fall under CITES 2 which are permitted for exportation: *Pythons; Boas; Monitors; Argentine B/W Tegus; Uroplatus and Day Geckos, Dart Frogs; Red Eye Tree Frogs etc.
Canadian CITES Permit The Canadian CITES Management Authority will review the permit for approval. FREE
Reptile Express Broker Fee Our fee for filling out the CITES application; as well as 2 US Customs forms (ACE manifest & Proforma); the use of our SCAC code, I/E License & DPEP Permit; co-ordinating with the Canadian seller and U.S. buyer(s); Going through USF&W inspections and filling out the 3-177 wildlife declaration form, as well as having the CITES permit stamped by Canada Customs. This also includes the USF&W inspection & Commercial Entry fee Up to 2 Animals = $500

3 to Unlimited = $700CAN

FedEx Fee Once the CITES permit has been issued, FedEx will be used to send it to our Canadian office with a tracking number $35CAN


5-10% U.S. Customs Fee Customs Broker fee; U.S. Bond fee; ACE manifest fee & Trade Account Security fee.
Feel free to contact us for us to calculate your bond fee
(dependant on your order specifics)
Canadian & US Shipping Fees  

Shipping from the sellers location in Canada to our Toronto office (or free GTA area drop off);
Then shipping from our Lewiston, NY office to the final U.S. clients state


 Canadian Average: $60-110CDN

U.S. Average: $50-105USD

*The above base fees are for several reptiles*

Want to be more successful with your imports?: Constantly advertise American sales, in order to at least have a minimum of 3 American buyers placing firm orders with you. We can then provide you with the low group rate pricing structures below

Procedure for Exporting reptiles out of Canada

1) Contact us with your full name and Canadian address. From this we will determine if you are able to ship us your reptiles to our Toronto location. If we do, proceed to step 2.

2) Provide us with the U.S. shippers information listed below:

  • Full Name
  • Full U.S. Address
  • Telephone Number
  • E-mail address

3) Provide us information regarding EACH of the reptile(s) being shipped:

  • Common Name
  • Scientific Name (Be accurate. Watch your spelling!)
  • Captive bred or not
  • Weight in grams or pounds
  • Monetary Value PER animal ($CDN or $USD)
  • Length of each reptile (only in centimetres or inches)
  • Sex of each reptile (if known)
  • How many different American recipients involved?

4) Before we start filling out the CITES application, the Canadian customer will pay Reptile Express in 2 separate payments. First payment will be our administrative fees for filling out the Canadian CITES application ($100CDN). The FedEx fee will also be paid at this time ($30). Should the Canadian seller or the US buyer back out after we have filled out the application and corresponding paperwork, our admin fee of $100 will be non-refundable. We will however refund the FedEx fee.
Otherwise, once we receive the approved CITES permit (takes 4-8 weeks), the remainder of the fees will be due.

The Canadian customer will also pay the shipping fee to send their package to our location (unless they’re dropping it off personally at our location), as well as the shipping fee from our U.S. location to the final U.S. destination. We will provide you these amounts once you’ve provided us the information in steps 1 and 2 above.

Please note: For international shipping, we only accept E-Transfer, Money Order, and Cheques. No credit cards/PayPal, unless otherwise arranged.

5) We will set everything up with our Canadian client and arrange for a driver to pick up their package and bring it to our office.

6) You must ship out your package on Mondays only, in order for us to receive them by Tuesdays only. If you’re local to us, you can drop off the reptile(s) at our Richmond Hill, ON location on Tuesday.

7) We will take your package(s) across to the U.S. border on Wednesday very early morning and will go through U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspections as well as U.S. customs.

8) Once everything has been cleared we will send your package(s) off to be delivered to your U.S. contacts door the following day (Thursday) with a NEXT DAY PRIORITY 10:30AM SERVICE. Somebody must be home to sign/accept the package.

In total our Canadian customer will be looking at approximately $850-1200 (includes estimated shipping fees)



Reptile Express is not responsible for any spelling errors with regards to the animals common or scientific names, or any names provided to Reptile Express incorrectly. This is absolutely the clients responsibility. Please pay attention and don’t make mistakes. Misrepresenting the declared value of your order may get your order confiscated, fined or whatever the regulatory body seems fit to do. Do not try to be sneaky! We assume no liability or expense if this happens with your order. If we get fined, we will in turn fine our client before we release their shipment.
Reptile Express is not responsible for any animal(s) being confiscated at the border by USFWS; CBSA; CBP or CFIA due to incorrect information given to Reptile Express by their Canadian or U.S. clients. Should the import/export process be interrupted/cancelled/rejected at ANY time for whatever reason, by whichever client OR government body, Reptile Express assumes no liability over the value of the animal(s) being imported/exported, as well as the import/export fees already paid to Reptile Express.
Reptile Express does not guarantee live arrival of any animal(s) at any time for any reason. Our Live Arrival Guarantee noted on our Terms page does not apply to any international shipments. Reptile Express at NO time ships venomous animals.
Reptile Express is not responsible for any tail drops by lizards such as crested/leopard geckos etc. Reptile Express is not responsible for any sick animals, or animals carrying mites during transit. Make sure your animal(s) are 100% HEALTHY when shipping them.
Reptile Express is not responsible for any death, illness or injury of any animal(s) while under our care.
Violation Fees and Return of Shipments:
If any changes are needed to the animals involved in the order/invoice (quantity of animals or species involved) after we have already filled the paperwork, there will be an additional $50 charge for our time to re-edit that information, each time that it is required. This applies to Non-CITES orders only.
For CITES shipments, ONLY the QUANTITY of the animals can be edited and nothing else. This fee is $50 as well/change.
The Canadian shipper must use an insulated box to transport their animal(s). A bare cardboard box is in violation of IATA Live Animal Transport. We will have that shipment returned to the Canadian shipper at their cost, as we will not bring it into wildlife inspections with us due to the violation.
No monies will be refunded for any amounts paid for the import/export process. The Canadian shipper can re-ship at a later date with corrections made to the box with a $100 extra charge for us to resume that shipment again.
If we are not notified of the changes to the paperwork prior to the inspection in the U.S. there’d be a $75 violation fee for Non-CITES shipments and $150 for CITES shipments before we release the animals to the Canadian client. This fee will be paid to us via the Canadian client. These fees cover our extra time in re-doing and re-submitting the paperwork. They’re very time consuming. If the Canadian shipper is using containers to contain the animals during transport, then the containers must have an appropriate amount of holes for air circulation. Without holes it’s an IATA Live Animal Transport violation. We will NOT bring this shipment into wildlife inspections due to this violation, and will simply send the shipment back to the Canadian shipper at their cost.
No monies will be refunded for any amounts paid for the import/export process. The Canadian shipper can re-ship at a later date with corrections made to the container(s) with a $100 extra charge for us to resume that shipment again.

The reasoning behind putting these violation fees in place is due to a couple circumstances where clients have not notified us regarding important invoice changes, and we were caught off guard at the very last minute during inspections. This is not good as it results in a much longer inspection process. These fees are now in place and will be enforced in order to bring our clients into compliance to result in a smooth importing/exporting process.
There have also been a couple circumstances where holes were not present on containers, as well as bare cardboard boxes with no insulation were used. We can’t have that, as it’s an enormous violation.







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