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    Smile How to import insects into Canada and finding out if they are legal

    Before I start a huge thank you to Amanda from Tarantulas Canada, who was kind enough to answer my non-arachnid related questions and give me the proper links to the information that was needed to learn about non-native insect legality in Canada.
    If you are interested in owning an insect as a pet and you are most likely attracted to the weird looking ones. Unfortunately, these are the ones that are probably not native to your home country and you should assume that you will require a permit to import them to wherever you are. If you live in Canada donít bother with CIFA because from my experience with them they are completely unknowledgeable and will lazily give you links that do not work. All they will tell you in passing is that there are four categories of insects that arenít allowed but in fact there are more than that. Thankfully, I can help you with that.

    Step 1:
    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/p.../1433209373489
    First visit this link which will take you to a very long list of insect species. Keep in mind that you need to know the Latin name for your insect to find it. Next to the insect species name will be a column entitled intended use. If the use is listed as exhibit, you will most likely not be able to import it into your country unless you are an approved educational or research facility. Next to that column will be another that states if you need a permit or not to have it.

    Step 2:
    If you have determined that you want to go ahead and try your luck you will need to visit the forms catalogue page. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-th.../1328823702784
    Specifically you want to scroll down until you come to the number 5083 Ė Application for permit to import. In this column you will need to click on the included link to form application number 5256, which is the required form for the importing of foreign insects. You will have to download that form in order to view it and probably print it out to fill it.

    Step 3:
    You will have to now email the Import Permit Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to request a permit from them. Email: permitoffice@inspection.gc.ca
    After a day they will send you an actual message that has an application form attached to it. The form is unfortunately only compatible with Internet Explorer. They say it will not open if you are using Safari or Chrome. Once you complete the form online you are to print it off, sign it and then email or fax it to their office including the payment information. (Important) Make sure that when you fill out this form that you indicate that the insects are for personal use!) The form will then be sent to specialists for further review.

    Prices involved in permits:
    It is a $35 application fee to fill out a form and send it into the Permit Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it is another $250 fee to have the specialists assess whether your wanted insect is too much of a pest for it to be safely harbored here. In other words you may end up paying $285 plus taxes just for them to say no and keep your money. I would recommend that you think carefully before applying. Like I said, if your insect is listed as exhibit for intended use, they may not go for it.

    Insects that are illegal no matter what: Cockroaches, Mantids, Stick Bugs, Tropical Butterflies

    I hope that this helps answer any questions you may have about the process of legality and what is legal for import concerning insects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blattodea View Post
    Before I start a huge thank you to Amanda from Tarantulas Canada, who was kind enough to answer my non-arachnid related questions and give me the proper links to the information that was needed to learn about non-native insect legality in Canada.
    If you are interested in owning an insect as a pet and you are most likely attracted to the weird looking ones. Unfortunately, these are the ones that are probably not native to your home country and you should assume that you will require a permit to import them to wherever you are. If you live in Canada donít bother with CIFA because from my experience with them they are completely unknowledgeable and will lazily give you links that do not work. All they will tell you in passing is that there are four categories of insects that arenít allowed but in fact there are more than that. Thankfully, I can help you with that.

    Step 1:
    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/p.../1433209373489
    First visit this link which will take you to a very long list of insect species. Keep in mind that you need to know the Latin name for your insect to find it. Next to the insect species name will be a column entitled intended use. If the use is listed as exhibit, you will most likely not be able to import it into your country unless you are an approved educational or research facility. Next to that column will be another that states if you need a permit or not to have it.

    Step 2:
    If you have determined that you want to go ahead and try your luck you will need to visit the forms catalogue page. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-th.../1328823702784
    Specifically you want to scroll down until you come to the number 5083 Ė Application for permit to import. In this column you will need to click on the included link to form application number 5256, which is the required form for the importing of foreign insects. You will have to download that form in order to view it and probably print it out to fill it.

    Step 3:
    You will have to now email the Import Permit Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to request a permit from them. Email: permitoffice@inspection.gc.ca
    After a day they will send you an actual message that has an application form attached to it. The form is unfortunately only compatible with Internet Explorer. They say it will not open if you are using Safari or Chrome. Once you complete the form online you are to print it off, sign it and then email or fax it to their office including the payment information. (Important) Make sure that when you fill out this form that you indicate that the insects are for personal use!) The form will then be sent to specialists for further review.

    Prices involved in permits:
    It is a $35 application fee to fill out a form and send it into the Permit Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it is another $250 fee to have the specialists assess whether your wanted insect is too much of a pest for it to be safely harbored here. In other words you may end up paying $285 plus taxes just for them to say no and keep your money. I would recommend that you think carefully before applying. Like I said, if your insect is listed as exhibit for intended use, they may not go for it.

    Insects that are illegal no matter what: Cockroaches, Mantids, Stick Bugs, Tropical Butterflies

    I hope that this helps answer any questions you may have about the process of legality and what is legal for import concerning insects.


    Thanks for this info and thanks for sharing the process
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    Default Re: How to import insects into Canada and finding out if they are legal

    You're very welcome. I wanted to save as many people as possible from having to go through the extremely frustrating process I had found myself in.

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    Default Re: How to import insects into Canada and finding out if they are legal

    Thanks for writing out the process. Have you applied for anything/ been approved?
    Snakes, Lizards, Frogs, Salamanders, Newts, Tarantulas, Scorpions, etc.

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    Default Re: How to import insects into Canada and finding out if they are legal

    I vote that this thread should be sticky'd to the top of the invert part of the forum. Some really good links and info here.
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    Default Re: How to import insects into Canada and finding out if they are legal

    I haven't applied for anything as of yet. I can't decide what I want and don't have the room right now. I wanted the Rainbow Stag Beetle but it is listed as exhibit. They will probably say no for personal use as a pet. I didn't think that nearly $300 was a good investment on a hugely potential no. Also, I read up on the Mueller Beetle and it seems he is quite difficult to care for.

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