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#1 2013-11-10 02:01:32

BerrytangleFarm
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Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

Since our farm is really on the US side of the border, this is really from the opposite end of the equation, but, from what I've heard from our customers, I believe it's accurate for Canadians, as well.

From the beginning is always best...

In the US, a small poultry breeder is normally a farm, whereas a hatchery is something on the scale of McMurray's. We're a small farm with about 60-75 breeding chickens.

Our farm is registered with the NPIP program in the US, National Poultry Improvement Program. This program's state representatives test poultry farms and breeders annually for the presence of Pullorum Typhoid via a blood smear and Avian Influenza with a throat culture. This would mean an NPIP/AI Monitored status. We elect to test quarterly for AI, giving us an NPIP/AI Clean status. That makes exporting to Canada much easier.

When we get a request from a Canadian customer wanting to purchase from us or just before we get ready to make a scheduled trip to Canada, we call a local qualified veterinarian who has agreed to inspect our property and birds. He walks through the barn, looking at all the birds (this inspection will last for 30 days from date of completion).

If he's satisfied with what he sees, he fills out paperwork with the breed names and amounts that we provide and forwards the paperwork to the USDA office in Olympia, Washington. They often have other questions and call to verify information. Once they are satisfied, they sign and seal the paperwork, sending it back to us with a copy to the veterinarian.

When we cross the border, we're always careful to take copies of the current tariff schedule and all harmonized codes. Since our birds are NOT broilers (a common misconception among those who don't know that chickens can be more than food), and because they come from the US, there is NO tariff associated with them. CBSA isn't used to this, so we're always ready with all forms, codes, and back-up to prove it. Our last encounter kept things busy with why we were "commercial" in the US sense of the word (we are a business) but not in the CBSA sense of the word (there are no tariffs associated with our product). That meant that there was no inspection from the CFIA vet (we are advised now to always cross at the truck crossing rather than the Peace Arch crossing since the former has a CFIA vet on-call 24/7), but I understand this is always a possibility.

Finally, when dropping off the birds to the customer, we make sure to give them a copy of the USDA paperwork and all tariff codes, just in case the CBSA or CFIA come calling on them in the future.

Our NPIP/AI Clean status along with the veterinarian inspection (this veterinarian is specially qualified to sign the paperwork needed by the USDA) is all that's needed to allow us to export hatching eggs, chicks, juveniles, and adult birds. Without these certifications, the US farm would need additional testing. I understand from our state inspector that the US has a much more extensive testing and monitoring system in place than Canada, so any birds or eggs coming from Canada to the US would need to pass additional testing. Of course, Canada is not alone in that, it is extremely time consuming and tedious to import chickens or hatching eggs to the US from any country, and impossible from some countries.

As an aside, we need this NPIP testing to transport/sell birds or eggs across state lines in the US. As participants of the program, we can only buy birds or eggs from equally certified breeders or farms.

I think that about covers it...


..did I forget anything??


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Poulsbo, Washington
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#2 2013-11-10 02:05:26

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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

thanxkx  that was explained very well.  Good Luck with your business ventures and hope for many happy and satisfied Canadian customers. :thumbsup:


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#3 2013-11-10 02:41:57

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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

thanxkx for taking the time to walk us though the process. This is excellent information and shows that with some diligence (and patience) and cooperation with government officials many things are still possible. Most on this forum will likely be interested in IMPORTING birds (eggs, chicks, adults ...) rather than exporting them. So, your side of the story is very applicable.


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#4 2013-11-10 03:01:14

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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

Very clear to me now.  Thanks for taking the time to make this post.  Quite interesting.  thanxkx


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#5 2013-11-10 03:12:35

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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

Super! 

Now, shall we make this a sticky?


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#6 2013-11-10 05:10:52

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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

Yes, you should make this a sticky.


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#7 2013-11-10 12:59:20

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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

:iagree:
Very well explained. Good Luck


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#8 2013-11-12 20:53:43

BerrytangleFarm
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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

tegaily wrote:

great information! Tried to go to your website and it has been shutdown or unavailable ???:confused:

The web host server is down....again.

It should be up soon, I hope!


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#9 2013-11-13 01:36:50

BerrytangleFarm
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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

BerrytangleFarm wrote:

tegaily wrote:

great information! Tried to go to your website and it has been shutdown or unavailable ???:confused:

The web host server is down....again.

It should be up soon, I hope!

All up and running now. I'm starting to get perturbed with blue host. Even email was down this time!


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#10 2017-02-07 18:03:26

HamaaraHof
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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

:iagree:
:goodpost:

While a bit older, awesome to have this info!!!
As we consider to bring in new, unrelated stock from time to time.


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#11 2017-02-15 07:42:10

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Re: Importing Chickens and Hatching Eggs from the US to Canada

Thank you for the post most informative


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