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Help import from USA to U.K.

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Andreaandriggs, Apr 12, 2017.


  1. Andreaandriggs

    Andreaandriggs PetForums Newbie

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    would like some advice on the costs of importing from the USA, how much is the flight I'm aware digs travel as cargo, what customs do you pay and do you have to pay VAT if the dog puppy is a gift

    What savings do you make if you go to France ?
    Any advice appreciated
     
  2. Happy Paws2

    Happy Paws2 PetForums VIP

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    Three questions

    Why are you importing a dog ?
    What breed is it ?
    Can't you get one from breeder here?

    It would be cheaper going to France as you can just drive from there, once you get a Pet Passport sorted out.
     
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  3. shadowmare

    shadowmare The dog doesn't bite, me on the other hand...

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    No offense HP, but how are the answers to your 3 questions relevant to the OPs question. That is entirely the OPs business. As an example from personal experience my answers would be: 1) because I don't want to get a puppy from here; 2) a breed that I chose for myself; 3) I can but I choose not to. Totally irelevant and none of anyone's business.

    As to @Andreaandriggs , the best source of info would be contacting Heathrow airport (assuming that's where the dog would fly into). When I was looking for information of flying a dog from Europe there were additional handling fees at the airport + cost for him getting a space in a kennel from where you're supposed to pick them up. If you contact the company he'd be traveling with, they should be able to give you all information on VAT and stuff.
    I assume you're asking about flying to France from USA and then traveling from there to U.K.? I want to say it would work out cheaper, but am not 100% sure. It depends on the size of dog and how you'd be traveling to U.K. I know that flying to Europe is somewhat easier and I think they don't have to be traveling as cargo so the price is only about half of the trip to U.K. As you can't take a train with a dog to UK, you'd need to drive so there's petrol, hotels, tunnel or ferry etc. It's quite a lot that depends on your personal circumstances and something you have to research and calculate yourself.
    Personally, unless you're trying to import a dog that you already is own or are looking to import some exceptional puppy from unique lines that are not found in Europe, then I'd be looking closer.
     
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    Dogloverlou PetForums VIP

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    Yes, I can't remember all the details off the top of my head but when I enquired about it all at Heathrow they do charge you in excess of something like £500 handling fees and that's without your import costs etc. Some pet travel companies are cheaper than others, and it also depends what airport you fly the dog to as I've heard others can be cheaper. I heard good things about the company Ladyhaye when I was making my enquiries so they might be worth dropping an email/phone call to - http://www.petravelagent.com/index.html
     
  5. Andreaandriggs

    Andreaandriggs PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you I am looking at a certain line that I can only get from America, i aware the cost is high so looking at best route price wise but also best for the pup
     
  6. SusieRainbow

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    I believe it's not possible for pups to fly till 4 months, when they've had all the necessary vaccs. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong ?
     
  7. shadowmare

    shadowmare The dog doesn't bite, me on the other hand...

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    You could also look at flying to Amsterdam? Getting a ferry from hook of holland to harwich might be easier than flying to Paris and travelling from there? Of course, it also depends on where in UK you are traveling to!
     
  8. shadowmare

    shadowmare The dog doesn't bite, me on the other hand...

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    That is correct.
     
  9. Happy Paws2

    Happy Paws2 PetForums VIP

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    I just thought that maybe, we would be able to help without all the hassel of importing from abroad, that was all, no offence was intented.
     
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