Transport Information


Below is a selection of Transport companies that will organise the collection and delivery of your new horse.

Generally transporting Geldings is the cheapest and quickest option. Stallions and mares must have CEM tests done which delays their departure by an additional 2 weeks. Quarantine at the flight destination varies with each quarantine centre but normally Geldings will be held for 3 days, Mares will be held for 2-3 weeks and Stallions up to 4 weeks. Because of the variations I strongly recommend you obtain a few quotes for each gender so you know how to handle your budget.

To contact the companies and request quotes for transport please click on their logos to follow the link to their individual sites.

When you choose a transport company please forward them my details as i will act as a contact for handling certain documentation and co-ordinating the drivers at the pickup point.

Please note the information provided below is merely a guide and is not regularly updated so may not be 100% accurate.



1. AMS to NY

- Air freight on a single stall: 3050.00 EURO

- Import fees thru 3 days at the federal quarantine : $2450.00 USD

- CEM Import permit for mares and stallions $150.00USD

CEM quarantine cost MARES

- In NY, RI, NJ , MD around $2000.00 for 2 weeks quarantine plus road transport

CEM Quarantine Stallions

- In NY, MD, RI, NJ $5500.00 for the 4 weeks quarantine plus road transport

2. AMS to MIA

- Air freight on a single stall : 3900.00 EURO

- Import fees thru 3 days at the federal quarantine : $2450.00USD

- CEM Permit for Mares and Stallions $150.00 USD

CEM quarantine cost in Florida

- Mares $3900.00

- Stallions $11,000.00

OHS - Overseas Horse Services


Charges from EU until landed Calgary:

4,865- Euro for gelding / 5,500 Euro for mare or stallion To include: pre-shipment isolation stabling (8 days for a gelding, 21 days for a mare/stallion); private vet to take blood and cem; courier; Ministry charges for export health papers; lab fees for all required testing; shared truck to airport of departure; air freight in 1/3 triple stall; fuel and security surcharges; groom tickets; professional groom fees; customs clearance and handling at airport of departure.

Charges on arrival in Calgary:

1,570 CAD for gelding / 1,950 CAD for mare / 2,700 CAD for stallion To include: all US transit and Canadian import permits (USDA/CFIA); CFIA Arrival Inspection fees at airport; CFIA Post arrival fees; overtime for attendance vet at airport; overtime for attendance technician at airport; customs import clearance fee; airport terminal fees; agency fee & expenses.

Not included: Road transport from stables of origin to isolation stables (on request and in shared truck); microchip (if required) : 55 Euro / horse; additional stabling in Europe if necessary: 40 Euro / horse / day; additional charges if horse needs ½ airstall (instead of 1/3): + 1.650 Euro/horse extra; arrival quarantine premises approval: 205 CAD for first shipment and 100 CAD/horse for next shipment; import quarantine stabling: 500 CAD/gelding 2000 CAD/mare stallion: on request only; additional stabling in Canadian quarantine: 35 CAD per horse and per day; road transport from Calgary quarantine to final destination: on request and depending on exact destination; any unforeseen charges (f.e. extra veterinary charges in case of illness; farrier; etc); GST on imports; insurance (if required). Info: 1 Euro = approx. 1.55 CAD (exchange rate on 01 Jan 2010) All charges are based on todays tariffs, surcharges and exchange rates(01 Jan 10) and are subject to changes.


If you are transporting to Canada it is best to contact Kenneth:

Suite 205, 701 - 3rd avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 5R3 Canada

Phone: +1 403 452 8911 / Fax: +1 403 770 8149

Cell: +32 476 225228



Agents in World Wide Horse Transportation.

Address: 158-12 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434

Telephone: 718-978-8200 ext 3002 // 347-632-3002 direct

Fax: 718-712-0771 or 7287

Mobile: 917-601-7461



Horse Shipping


As the types of aircraft and stall differ from each part of the world; it would be too difficult to list all the various types here for your review. However, we would refer you to International Air Transport Association, Live Animal Regulations Publication which is an excellent source material of approved equipment. They issue the Live Animal Regulations book on a yearly basis, in English, French and Spanish. Contact the Publications Assistant, 2000 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A,2R4, Phone No.514 985 6326 or Fax 514 844 9089.


An attendant is required to accompany horses by air. Mersant International strongly recommends the use of AATA/NPTC Registered & Assessed Equine Attendants.


Horses travel at owner's risk! Whether on a van, ship, or aircraft, horses travel entirely at the owner's risk. Therefore, we strongly urge all owners to obtain mortality insurance on their horse, to include the purchase price, and the cost of shipping whenever possible. References for Insurance carriers are available upon request.


US Department Of Agriculture Quarantine Locations (Required)

•New York (Newburgh)


•Los Angeles


Horses entering USA from abroad must meet two separate import criteria:


All goods entering the United States must be cleared through U.S. Customs. This includes livestock. A U.S. Customs Bond must also be posted upon entry.

Mersant International Ltd., is a licensed customs broker as well as freight forwarder and is qualified to handle all U.S. Customs paperwork on behalf of our clients.

To accomplish this, we are required by U.S. Customs to have a completed U.S Customs Limited Power of Attorney on file for each importer as well as the Social Security Number of an individual or Federal Identification Number of a corporation. In the event the client is a foreigner, Mersant will apply to the U.S. Customs Service for a Customs Importer Number which will allow us to complete the U.S. Customs Entry.

The Department of Treasury currently does not assess any duties on horses being imported into the country; however, they do assess a U.S. Customs User Fee on all non American goods entering the country, including horses. This fee is based on the value of the horse and is calculated at a rate of .0021%, the minimum being $25.00, and the maximum, per entry, $485.

The owner/agent of the horse (s) being imported must supply Mersant with true and correct information regarding the value which will be shown on the commercial invoice and submitted to U.S. Customs at the time of entry.


It is very important that prior to the shipment of a horse from a foreign country, a careful review and coordination of all requirements necessary, be done on your behalf. Mersant is linked to the most prestigious and competent agents throughout the world in order to provide you with the most dedicated and knowledgeable representation available.

If your documentation is improperly prepared, your horses could be held in Quarantine, at additional expense to you, or be refused entry upon arrival in the United States. Please contact us prior to leaving the USA and we will recommend an agent in the area you wish to travel.


Horses arriving from anywhere outside the USA, for entry into the USA, must be quarantined upon arrival and must be accompanied by an International Health Certificate, endorsed by the Ministry of Agriculture of Country of Origin of the Animal. The horse must arrive into the USA with no visible signs of communicable disease, skin rashes, or infections of any kind. All horses arriving in the USA are subjected upon arrival to a quarantine period, and must test negative to the following diseases, before they are eligible for entry into the USA; 1/ Dourine, 2/ Glanders, 3/ Equine Piroplasmosis ( equi and caballi ), 4/ Equine Infectious Anemia ( EIA). The samples must be tested at the USDA Lab in Ames, Iowa. Any horse testing positive after arrival to any one of these diseases will be REFUSED ENTRY into the USA. The owner, at his expense, will have to immediately make arrangements to export the horse back to the country of origin, or agree to have the USDA euthanize the animal.

The normal quarantine period is between 24 and 72 hours, pending the result of the blood tests. However, the USDA charges a minimum of $1179.00 for a three day stay regardless of whether the horses stay one, two or three days. After the minimum three day stay, should horses be held in quarantine, the charge is $276.00 per day from days 4 through 7 and $235.00 per day from days 8 and over.

In addition to the charge for board, there is an additional USDA User Fee for Blood tests that currently amounts to $85.00 per horse thereby making the complete quarantine charges for a minimum stay per horse $1231.00.


1.Three (3) days, for horses entering from any country not infected with either VEE (Venezuelan Equine Encephomyilitis) or AHS (African Horse Sickness)

2.Seven (7) days, for horses entering from countries reporting VEE within last year. Cost of Quarantine $ $2250.00 plus blood tests.

3.Sixty (60) days for horses entering from a region where African Horse Sickness has been reported during the last 12 months. Cost of Quarantine is $14,864.00 plus blood tests. Only available at New Yorks Newburgh Quarantine Facility.

From certain countries an Import Permit is required prior to arrival of the animal. The permit is issued by USDA, upon written request.

The USDA in Ames Iowa, does allow the ability to prescreen the blood of a projected imported horse, prior to arrival. To avail yourself of this service, a permit is issued, samples drawn according to instructions on the permit, and sent to USDA Lab in Ames, Iowa. This prescreen is a precaution, and the testing of the blood is charged, based on series of rates for USDA User Fees, applicable to the testing involved. Please be advised, however, that a negative blood test, prior to arrival, can not be considered as proof of negative on the arrival of the horse into the USA. The only test that will be considered for the importation of the horse is the one drawn at time of arrival of the animal upon entry. However the prescreening is highly recommended by Mersant as a useful tool prior to purchase and or shipping. Mersant strongly advises all clients to pretest their horses prior to shipment to the U.S.

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