Animal and Animal Product Import
Import Procedures for Importing Pet Birds from Canada
Import requirements are different for pet birds entering the United States via U.S.-Canadian land border ports versus air and ocean ports.
The USDA defines pet birds as those that are imported for personal pleasure of their individual owners and are not intended for resale.
Inspection fees for birds imported from Canada can be found here.
Fish and Wildlife Services Certification (if necessary)
Importing Pet Birds at U.S.-Canadian Land Border Ports
Alexandria Bay, NY (315) 482-2601
Upon veterinary inspection at the port of entry, the birds must be found free of clinical signs of communicable diseases of birds and poultry. The owner must sign a declaration stating that the birds are healthy and have been in his or her possession for a minimum of 90 days preceding the date of importation, and that during such time, the birds have not been in contact with poultry or other birds (i.e., in association with other avian species at exhibitions or in aviaries). A user fee, based on the current hourly rate, will also be collected at this time. Current hourly rates can be found here.
Attention Canadian Drivers returning from Mexico:
Importing Pet Birds from Canada into U.S. Air or Ocean Ports of Entry
Those importing pet birds into the United States from Canada by air or by boat are required to have a USDA import permit (VS Form 17-129), although a veterinary health certificate is not required. These birds must also be inspected by a USDA veterinarian at the air or ocean port of entry, as described above. The importers are required to contact the port veterinarian at the phone number listed on the import permit at least 72 hours in advance of arrival to arrange for a veterinary inspection. (Most airports are not routinely staffed by a full-time port veterinarian, and the hours of service and availability for veterinary inspections vary from port to port.)
USDA, APHIS, VS
Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Information
In the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulates the importation of birds protected by the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 (WBCA). These regulations are part of international conservation effort to protect exotic wild birds subject to trade. Most exotic pet birds including parrots, parakeets, macaws, lories, and cockatoos are affected by CITES and the WBCA. However, the budgerigar, cockatiel, and rose-ringed parakeets and peach-faced lovebirds are exempt.
According to the WBCA, in order to import a pet bird of non-U.S. origin into the United States, you must have continuously resided outside of the United States for at least one year. In addition, the WBCA limits the number of pet birds that can be imported to two birds per person, per year. All required WBCA and CITES permits must accompany the bird while in transit.
Please visit the FWS web site at: http://permits.fws.gov/ to obtain more information and the permit application. If you have questions you can contact the FWS at (800) 358-2104. Overseas calls should be placed to (703) 358-2104.
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Last Modified: December 21, 2011