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Import Permits for Animals and Poultry


Individuals and businesses (wholesale importers) wishing to import live animals and animal products are required to apply for an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries prior to the import's entry into Trinidad and Tobago.




What steps should I follow?

To import live animals or animal products into Trinidad and Tobago, the following steps should be completed:

  • Apply for an import permit from the relevant department listed below.
  • Apply for a health certificate from the country of origin.
  • Contact the Veterinary Office to provide flight/landing information 28 to 48 hours in advance.

The Veterinary Officer
Havelock Street
Curepe
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 662-5986 or (868) 642-0063/4
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

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How do I apply for an import permit?

The application process for an import permit varies according to the type of animal you wish to import.
 

Aquarium Fish
 
Apply in writing to:
 
Fisheries Division
35 Cipriani Boulevard
Newtown
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 623-8525/6028
E-mail: aphmalmr@gmail.com
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

 

Companion Animals (cats and dogs)  

 
Dogs and cats are allowed direct entry into Trinidad and Tobago without having to go into quarantine.
 
An application form should be completed by the owner of the animal or an authorized representative and submitted via email:
 
The Chief Veterinary Officer
Animal Production and Health Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
80 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-5997/1473
Fax. (868) 625-5993
E-mail:  aphmalmr@gmail.com
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays
 
The application is processed within one working day and an import permit will be issued. This permit must be collected from the office above prior to landing.
 


Horses

 

An application form should be completed by the owner of the animal or an authorized representative and sent to:

The Chief Veterinary Officer
Animal Production and Health Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
80 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-5997/1473
Fax. (868) 625-5993
E-mail: aphmalmr@gmail.com
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

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How long does it take to get a permit?

Permits for animals are processed within one working day.

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What happens once my animal or poultry arrives in Trinidad and Tobago?

Upon landing, the animal will be examined by a veterinary officer.  If the animal is found to be unhealthy, it will be refused entry in Trinidad and Tobago and returned to the country of origin.  If the animal is deemed to be healthy, a landing permit is issued . This permit costs TT$10.00 and must be paid to Customs at the port of entry.

The inspection fees charged for the examination are listed below and must be paid to the veterinary officer conducting the inspection:

  • Horses - TT$20.00 each.
  • Donkeys, cattle, mules - TT$10.00 each.
  • Sheep, goats, pigs - from a minimum of TT$ 5.00 to a maximum of TT$50.00 each.
  • Dogs and cats - TT$10.00 each.

 

If quarantine is not required, the animal is released. If quarantine is required, a fee of TT$75.00 is paid to the quarantine attendant who transports the animal to the quarantine facilities. The owner of the animal is charged a quarantine fee of TT$15.00 per day as well as the cost of any diagnostic services to be performs. The diagnostic tests conducted, are based on the animal's country of origin.

Overtime fees are payable to the veterinary inspector and are as follows:

  • Monday  to Friday, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm: TT$50.00 for one animal or consignment of birds, TT$20.00 for each additional animal, TT$50.00 for each additional horse. There is no charge for additional food producing animals.
  • Monday to Friday, 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: TT$75.00 for one animal or consignment of birds, TT$20.00 for each additional animal, TT$50.00 for each additional horse. There is no charge for additional food producing animals.

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What fees do I need to pay?

All import permits cost TT$10.00 per shipment and are payable to:

 

The Chief Veterinary Officer
Animal Production and Health Division

Ministry  of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

80 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-5997/1473
Fax. (868) 625-5993
E-mail:  aphmalmr@gmail.com
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

 

Inspection fees for live animals must be paid to the veterinary office conducting the inspection at the port of entry. If the animal is found to be healthy, a landing permit is issued by Customs at the port of entry at a cost of TT$10.00.

 

The fee for each cat or dog requiring quarantine is TT$20.00 per day for a 30-day quarantine or TT$10.00 per day for six-month quarantine.  The fee each horse requiring quarantine is TT$30.00 per day.  All fees for any medication or vaccination required during the quarantine period will be borne by the owner of the animal.

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Where can I find more information?

 

For further information, you can visit the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries by following the link below. You may also contact the office of the Chief Veterinary Officer by telephone at (868) 625-5997/1473 or via e-mail at aphmalmr@gmail.com.

 

Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Website

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