OTTAWA, October 31, 2011: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing new measures to verify that horses are being humanely transported in accordance with the Health of Animals Regulations.

Effective January 1, 2012, all shipments of feeder and slaughter horses entering Canada from the United States by ground transportation will be required to proceed through designated ports of entry. Shipments will only be accepted during the CFIA's regular hours of operation.

The designated ports of entry have appropriate unloading facilities for horses and are staffed by CFIA veterinarians.

As of January 1, 2012, shipments of feeder and slaughter horses will not be able to enter Canada at other border ports of entry.

The new requirements apply only to feeder and slaughter horses. Imports of other types of horses (for example, riding or breeding horses) and other types of livestock are not affected by this change.

 

Feeder horse shipments require customs clearance from the Canada Border Services Agency and may be referred to the CFIA for inspection. All shipments must be presented during CFIA regular hours of operation in order to allow for inspection if required.

Slaughter horse shipments require CFIA veterinary inspection at the border. Transporters must arrange an appointment for inspection a minimum of 24 hours before arriving at the port of entry.

The eight designated ports of entry are listed below.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Port of Entry:Corresponding US Port of Entry:
Kingsgate, British Columbia
250-417-2293
Monday to Friday, 8 am. to 4 p.m.
Eastport, Idaho
208-267-2396
Coutts, Alberta
403-344-3808
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sweetgrass, Montana
406-335-9610
North Portal, Saskatchewan
306-927-2255
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.*
Portal, North Dakota
701-926-4281
Sarnia (Point Edward), Ontario
519-332-3031
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Port Huron, Michigan
517-324-5298
Windsor, Ontario
519-969-2522
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Detroit, Michigan
313-226-4428
Niagara Falls (Queenston), Ontario
905-937-7434
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lewiston, New York
716-297-6203
Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec
450-246-4125
Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Champlain, New York
518-298-2191
Woodstock, New Brunswick
506-325-1960
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Houlton, Maine
207-532-6099

 

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