Importing from Japan
  • jellibirdjellibird
    Posts: 21
    Hey guys, I'm importing my dog from Japan in May and I thought I had a handle on the requirements but after going over the websites again and again I'm so confused. Just one little thing could prevent me from getting on the plane with my dog or hold him once he gets to the US and I'm freaking out a bit.

    Anyone who can share their personal experience/knowledge of importing a dog from Japan would be super helpful. For now I'll just lay out the facts as I understand them.

    Exporting to the USA from Japan the dog doesn't need a rabies shot because Japan is a rabies-free country. The dog needs to be cleared by the vet within a week from the date of departure and the Animal Quarantine/Export people in Japan need to be notified the dog is leaving 7+ days in advance, but the dog doesn't have to visit them...because there's a center at the airport? Do I need to apply for permission to import the dog with the US authorities? Like the CDC website, I think mentioned that.

    It's standard to get the dog microchipped and he's up to date on vaccinations. My dog has had bundle packs of vaccinations called the "Vanguard Plus 5/CV" 3 times.

    The vet said this shot covers everything the dog needs (the website says it covers canine distemper (CD), infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) caused by canine adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1), respiratory disease caused by canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2), canine parainfluenza caused by canine parainfluenza virus (CPiV), and enteritis caused by canine coronavirus (CCV) and canine parvovirus (CPV) and CPV-2c.)

    We're flying out American Airlines with Hoshi being checked beneath the plane, from Narita to LAX I think is one of the routes they make "exceptions" for exporting dogs from. I did call the airlines about this but the answer was confusing, it's $200 to check a pet and I get 2 checked bags free - is the pet one of those checked bags or do I still have those 2 free checked bags and the $200 is an additional "checked bag"?

    Anyway, I feel like I'm still missing some of the requirements.
  • CrispyCrispy
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    I don't think your checked pet counts toward your free checked bags, as far as I understand. I've only flown inter-USA with my dogs and they never counted as one of my free checked items. :\
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  • PoetikDragonPoetikDragon
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    You don't have to apply to or do anything with the CDC or notify any US regulatory org.

    The checked pet does not count towards your checked bags.

    Since it is flying accompanied, you wont go through cargo customs on US soil and don't need a broker. You'll just pick it up in the over-sized luggage area and be on your way. No one will hold him here.

    That being said, the people at the check in counters usually know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about how to check pets and I've very rarely flown without having to educate someone about the weather, crate size, attachments, bedding, you name it. It's critical to know all of the regulations and stand up for yourself. It's worse with a language barrier. We once almost didn't get our JA out of Japan on a 1 am flight because the English name on the quarantine documents didn't match what their little guide book said so she didn't think it was the right document. (Something like "Health Certificate" vs "Quarantine Inspection Certificate" that kind of thing.) She said we needed to go to a vet to get another one. At 1 am! XD

    Also, even though Japan is rabies free, I do not trust the people doing the check in and inspection to know the regulations. Better to get rabies before the dog leaves just to be safe.
    「怪獣荘秋田犬」Kaiju Kennels Japanese Akita and Hokkaido, Claire Matthews
    Post edited by PoetikDragon at 2019-04-03 01:17:51
  • PoetikDragonPoetikDragon
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    You do need an appointment with the Quarantine folks at the airport but I don't know how to do that -- the breeder has always done it for me. I think it's like 10 days out though.
    「怪獣荘秋田犬」Kaiju Kennels Japanese Akita and Hokkaido, Claire Matthews
    Post edited by PoetikDragon at 2019-04-03 01:19:26