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Q: Taking a pet from China to the US?

I'd like to take a 6-month-old dog from China to the US, and have heard too many stories and differing information -- my mind is spinning and I was wondering if anyone had had an experience doing this, or could direct me to someone who had.

Primarily, my questions are: can I arrange the documents and transport myself? I wanted to fly with Continental, but their Chinese agency has told me they cannot accept individuals arranging the exportation, an agency must be used. The agency they suggest contacting gave a price far above what the American Continental reps mentioned should be the average price, however, and I've seen testimonials on Shanghai Expat and elsewhere that indicates agencies do not HAVE to be used.

Other relocation agencies say that if I ship the dog as cargo, rather than as excess baggage, there is a $400 excess fee that I have to pay when arriving in the US. This seems ridiculous to me, especially when added to the cargo fees that are already over $600.

A big question is concerning the health certificate and export permit. You must get these certificates and permits from officially licensed government clinics. Do these clinics also have to be in the city of departure? I have a vet here in Shandong province that is officially licensed for export/import certificates and has helped several people ship pets overseas. When I mentioned this to a relocation agency, I was told that no, the dog also has to go to BJ for these forms, and while there, they need to stay in the agency's pet hotel, at a fee of 200 kuai a night, for an average of 3 nights -- I hope you see why this sounds fishy.

Has anyone done this? Can you shed some light on the process? Did you ship cargo or excess baggage? Thanks -- anything is appreciated.

10 years 25 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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Ship excess baggage, take her/him with you on plane.
You only need health certificate from a vet were you are now.
As for the 200 kuai a night, for avr 3 nights seems to be for QUARANTINE, some countries requires it when receiving specific goods from a specific country

I would strongly suggest you get in touch directly with the U.S Customs and Border protection.
here a link to there site: http://www.cbp.gov/
They will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do prior to landing in the U.S with your pet.

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Thanks, the link is useful. The USDA and CDC have restrictions and requirements on this, and they both say no health certificate is needed for entry into the US. The airline I'm trying to fly with (Korea Air) said they also don't worry about it.

However, every relo agency says I must get this certificate, and every Chinese export and quarantine bureau say I must get it from them, except one. Qingdao's bureau said they don't care if we're leaving the country, they only provide the certificate if America needs one and they said that America doesn't.

The 200 kuai a night procedure is to get the certificate in BJ, not a quarantine.

I'm still getting conflicting reports about whether I need an agency for excess baggage (agencies ARE required for cargo shipments, but not in-cabin), the answer I get seems to depend on who answers the phone. Everything I've seen online points to no.

Has anyone done this? Did you use an agency? Did you need a health certificate? Did it have to be a health certificate from the quarantine bureau, or was any vet acceptable?

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let me know how this works out, i was going to bring a dog in and then get a dog costume and

ship my gf in a dog costume home instead, i promised to play spank the bad dog,,, she was very

happy,,, don't think anyone tried this yet, so should work Shock Shock

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