CITES: USA to Canada

Prohibited Animals for Importation through Reptile Express: *CITES I and III listed species;
*Chelonians (ie. turtles and tortoises)
*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)
*Venomous animals
Some animals that fall under CITES 2 which are permitted for importation: *Pythons; Boas; Monitors; Tegus; Uroplatus and Day Geckos, Dart Frogs; Red Eye Tree Frogs etc.

(Update: August 2018):**Pls Note: The U.S. CITES II import process is on AVERAGE currently taking 2 to 3 months
(but ‘may’ take longer). We have absolutely NO control over any delays that may occur, and our clients must realize this is part of the importing process when dealing with wildlife. We do not guarantee to a timeline because of this.
(it all depends which legal examiner is reviewing the application and how fast they are with the processing)**

Import Fees for Consolidated Group Orders!
U.S. CITES Permit Fee to have the application reviewed and permit issued by the US CITES Management Authority $140CAN (this amount takes into consideration the Canadian currency conversion)
Canada Post Fee Fee for sending in the CITES application package to the US office with a tracking number $30CAN (2-3 Business Days)
UPS Fee Fee for the approved CITES permit being sent back to our Canadian office with a tracking number $30CAN (2-3 Business Days)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Inspection Fee Fee to have a USF&W inspector clear the CITES wildlife for export out of the U.S. Due to the consolidated group orders, we’ve included a part of the inspection fee in the Reptile Express broker fee below.
Reptile Express Broker Fee Our fee for filling out the CITES application; co-ordinating with the US seller and Canadian buyer; Going through USF&W inspections and filling out the 3-177 wildlife declaration form, as well as clearing Canada Customs and filling out the B3 form. The use of our I/E License & DPEP Permit. Up to 2 Animals = $300CAN
3 to Unlimited Animals = $600CAN
Canada Customs and Shipping Fees We will pay your 5% GST tax on your behalf to Canada Customs on the same day of import.
US & Canadian shipping fees also apply.
5% GST on the total declared value of your order +
US shipping fee to our NY office +
Canadian shipping fee to your door (free if you’re local in Toronto and picking up at our office)
Import Dates and Terms Wednesday March 28th – Completed!
Wednesday April 25th – Completed!
Wednesday May 30th – Completed!
Wednesday June 27th – Completed!
Wednesday July 25th – Completed!
Wednesday August 22nd – Completed!
Wednesday September 19th – Reserve today!
Wednesday October 31st – Reserve today!
Wednesday November 28th – Reserve today!
Wednesday December 12th – Reserve today! (last one of the year until end of March 2019)
ONLY once your CITES permit has been approved and in our hands can we decide on which of the following dates to the left you’d like to import your animals on.This sale applies when Reptile Express imports a minimum of 3 shipments from 3 separate clients. We reserve the right to set an import date where all imports have been paid in full, so that we can import them all on the same day in order to keep our costs down, which we in turn pass on to our clients with this sale. On average this sale happens once per month.

Canada Customs & US + CAN Shipping Fees Explanation:

* The Canadian buyer and the US seller deal with the payment of the U.S. shipping fee to our NY office as we don’t take payment for that;
* Shipping the live parcel to your door within Canada from our Toronto office is extra
* Tax (5% GST) on the total declared valued (based on commercial invoice) will be handled on your behalf through us

Keep in mind that if you’re local to our Toronto or York Region locations that you can always pick up Wednesday evenings and avoid the Canadian shipping charge.

Procedure for IMPORTING reptiles from the USA

1) Contact us with your full name and Canadian address. From this we will determine if we service your area for delivery. If we do, proceed to step 2.

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

  • Full Name
  • Full U.S. Address where animals are kept
  • 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
  • Hatch/Birth Date
  • Weight in grams or pounds
  • Length of each reptile (ONLY in centimetres/inches)
  • Quantity of animals in shipment
  • Sex of each reptile (if known)
  • Monetary Value ($USD)
  • Number of boxes and size of boxes containing reptiles the shipper will be using

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 US CITES application ($100CDN) as well as the CITES permit fee ($140CDN). The FedEx and UPS fees will also be paid at this time ($60). Should the US seller or the Canadian 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 CITES permit fee and the FedEx and UPS fees.
Otherwise, once we receive the approved CITES permit (takes 6-8 weeks), the remainder of the fees will be due.

This would be $515. Canada Customs GST (5%) will also be paid upfront. The shipping fee from our Toronto location to your Canadian address will be pre-paid as well.

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

5) We will let your U.S. contact know which U.S. address to ship to and will recommend which courier to use.

6) The U.S. shipper will ship the package off on Monday/Tuesday ONLY. They will purchase a FedEx Priority Overnight (10:30AM) Service only. We will not accept any packages arriving after 12pm as that’s the time we need to go through USF&W inspections. We are not responsible for any shipments arriving after 12pm.

7) Reptile Express picks packages up at our U.S. location on Wednesday mornings ONLY, and are back in Mississauga, ON, Canada around 4pm.

8A) If you’re local to the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), you can pick up your package(s) Wednesday late afternoon any time after 5pm at no extra charge.

8B) OR if you’re not local to us, we will then immediately ship out your package to your Canadian address as soon as we reach Mississauga, ON around 4pm. You will receive your package before 5pm the following day (Thursday), with many areas receiving them before noon.

In total you’ll be looking at anywhere from $1000-$1200 (Includes CITES papers, and estimated shipping fees from both countries. The majority of the time it even includes the Canada Customs Tax) to receive a CITES II shipment from the USA. If you’re local to our Toronto/York Region locations and can pickup, you’d save yourself around $100.

To sum it up our procedure from start to finish is outlined below:

Your U.S contact will drop the package off in the evening at their closest shipping hub and will purchase FedEx Priority Overnight only

Reptile Express will pick up the package Wednesday morning at our U.S. location.
Reptile Express will have gone through USFWS inspections and Canadian customs in the early afternoon.
Reptile Express will be back at our Toronto location around 4pm.
Reptile Express will immediately ship off packages once we enter Canadian soil.


You will receive your shipment today! Delivery to your door is between 9am – 5pm. Most often before noon. Somebody must be home to accept the package.

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 (to pay less taxes) 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 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. shipper at their cost.
No monies will be refunded for any amounts paid for the import/export process. The U.S. 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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