Trade Regulation Updates

New Restrictions On The Importation Of Dogs

July 19, 2022

Recently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced they are implementing new restrictions on the importation of Dogs from countries that are high-risk for dog rabies.

This is a courtesy notice to inform you that as of September 28, 2022 importation of dogs from areas at risk for rabies will no longer be allowed entry into Canada. 

Please see the CFIA Notice to Industry:  New measure prohibiting the entry of commercial dogs from countries at high-risk for dog rabies for complete details.  

Following is a recap of the new restrictions:

Affected Commodities: Dogs imported for commercial purposes 

“Commercial purposes” includes but is not limited to: dogs for resale, adoption, fostering or gifting, dogs for breeding or sale of offspring, showing/exhibition and any other purpose that is not a personal pet in the owners (the importers) home.

Affected Areas: Countries at high-risk of having dog rabies

If you hold a CFIA issued import permit to import dogs:

  • Issued prior to June 28, 2022: It will remain valid until its expiration date
  • Issued on or after June 28, 2022:  It will expired on September 27, 2022
  • After Sept 28, 2022 import permits will no longer be issued

As a valued client of PCB, you receive the benefit of our proactive release process which will ensure your imports are declared with the additional requirements listed above:

  1. Upon receipt, our release team ensures all necessary documents that are required for import, are included
  2. If they are missing we will reach out to you, your carrier or your vendor to obtain this paperwork (depending on service package, additional fee may apply)

Please reach out to your account manager with any questions you have about these new requirements at any time by emailing or calling 604.538.1566. We are here for you always.