We at Sirius Canine Fertility, Inc have become a major hub for canine frozen semen imports and exports. Our experienced staff work with veterinarians across the United States and Canada to ensure your international shipments are handled properly and will pass easily through customs at the point of entry.
Sirius has been the leader and Gold standard in the export business. Bridgett started the export part of this company 20 years ago and is still the export coordinator.
Our job is to make the import/export process as easy as possible for the importer and the exporter. We work with all semen freezing methods and companies. Straw methods, or pelleted methods, we work with all of them! We prepare the health and import documents and assist the importer to obtain required permits or licenses. We work with USDA to assure that all requirements are met.
In many cases, we can arrange a group shipment for your semen in order to significantly reduce the shipping costs. Solo exports can be arranged if necessary. Australia is our most popular import/Export country and we ship in groups about every 8 weeks. The tank is then returned with semen being imported to into the US, further reducing costs to our clients.
We have routine, monthly tanks going to Germany as well. In many cases, the Germany route can service many other countries in Europe. We can make contacts and ensure we can find the most cost effective and easiest route for your shipment.
We take pride in our Customer Service and it shows! We do work primarily off emails for our export work, as we have a very high volume of requests and we simply cannot return every call in a timely manner. We will respond to your email very quickly and we can accommodate emergency shipments as well to most countries, if possible with their customs.
Fees for exports will vary depending on the number of clients sharing the shipment, and the country of export. Group shipments average between 675 and 1500 dollars. Solo shipments, average 2000-2500 dollars, again depending on shipping cost.
For all exports, we do require a deposit to begin the process. Upon contact, you will be sent our export questionnaire so we can obtain all the information we need to ensure the shipment is possible. You will also be sent an invoice for the deposit. Most export deposits are 500 USD and are applied to the total cost of the export. If the export does not proceed, any portion of the deposit not used will be returned. We do bill by the hour for export work when the export does not proceed.
The US currently has no restrictions on the import of canine semen. If enough time is allowed, we can often import semen with our tanks being returned from export. AKC requires that all dogs collected for export must have AKC DNA. A 3 generation pedigree and a release of ownership to the importer should accompany the shipment.
Sirius Canine Fertility, Inc can provide forms and DNA swabs upon request. If these documents are provided, Sirius Canine Fertility, Inc will register the semen in your name with the AKC as part of our import services Fees:
- Import fees are based on the costs involved. If the semen is returned in our tank from one of our importing countries, the cost for shipping, customs fees, tank rental and prep are shared between all importing and exporting parties. Once we have your details, we will provide an estimate. Most imports are 200 USD for the brokerage fees on our end, plus any shared shipping, tank rental or additional customs fees.
We normally ship via Federal Express. Occasionally it is necessary to ship via air cargo. In that case, a broker may be required at the receiving end. We will, in most cases, provide the broker info.
Stud fee arrangements are to be made between the importer and exporter before the shipment takes place. These fees are not included in Sirius Canine Fertility, Inc quotes. Payment to the receiving storage facility is usually arranged directly with that facility.
Please plan ahead for your shipment. Many countries require that vaccine programs and laboratory testing be completed within a specific time frame and often a post collection exam is required 2-6 weeks following the collection. A few countries require quarantine of the semen and re-examination of the donor dog as much as 6 months following the collection.
It is extremely important that you contact our export office prior to vaccinations and blood sampling.
Each country has requirements that may include vaccines and blood sampling carried out in a certain time frame. Testing for c. brucellosis and leptospirosis is often required and the method and dilution protocol can be very different from country to country. Incorrect testing or vaccine protocol may result in a non-qualifying situation.
Do not vaccinate your dog in preparation for exports with rabies or lepto vaccines before contacting us.
Most countries require the stud dog to be microchipped as the form of identification. Most foreign registries and agricultural departments do not accept DNA or registry numbers as the id. The donor dog will need to have a microchip implanted before collection. The dog’s microchip should be scanned at the time of vaccination, blood sampling and collection and the microhip number must be present on all documents including lab reports, rabies or lepto vaccine certificates and health documents.
The importer is responsible for contacting the agricultural department in their country of import for current requirements and import permits. (For Australia, UK, and some other countries, the import permit will be supplied.)
While we will try to accommodate emergency shipments, the requirements of the importing country must be met. Delays in customs and back-logs at USDA are not unusual and are not within our control.
If you have questions or are planning to export or import, please email us with your details and we will get right back to you. We do work off of emails for our importing services due to the extremely high volume we are working with at all times. We promise to return your email in a timely manner.
It will be our pleasure to help you with your next export or import and we always welcome pictures of the resulting litters!
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