NEW CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) RESTRICTIONS

As the Importer of the semen you will be required to obtain a PERMIT prior to ordering semen. This permit should be applied for once you have decided which stallion you wish to breed your mare to. You have the choice of applying for a single use permit (which costs $35.00) or a multiple use permit (which costs $60.00) We strongly urge you to purchase a multi-use permit. This will enable you to request a second shipment of semen if your mare delays ovulation or needs to be rebred in 2013 for any reason. If you purchase a single use permit and your vet calls for a second dose of semen we would not be able to ship that semen without a second permit number. The multiple use permit may also be used for multiple stallions if you wish to breed your mares to more than one stallion located in the US. A permit application may be printed by clicking here.  A copy of this permit must be sent to us so that we can include a copy with the semen shipment.  Instuctions for filling out permit  click here.

As the Exporter of the semen it will now be necessary for us to have a health certificate issued for the stallion whose semen is being exported. Unfortunately, the new requirements mandate that for fresh cooled transported semen the health certificate must be signed by both our veterinarian and a USDA veterinarian on the day that the stallion is collected. This will require us to FedEx the health certificate to the Texas USDA office in Austin. Due to the cost of the fee for the health certificate and the additional cost of sending the certificate by FedEx First Overnight to the USDA veterinarian.  The fee for semen shipments to Canada are higher than those shipped here in the US.  The fee is $275.00 plus FedEx for each Canadian shipment of semen. This fee will cover the collection fee, USDA Health Certificate fee, our veterinarian’s examination fee, as well as the courier fee to have the paperwork transported to the USDA office for signature and USDA Seal.  An endorsed certificate will be faxed  to the Canadian Import Service Center (CISC) and the original mailed to them. 

For businesses (such as veterinary offices and breeding farms) which are importing semen, it is necessary for you to obtain in advance a RM account number (this is an import number which is required by Revenue Canada). You may obtain this number by contacting Revenue Canada at 1-800-959-5525. You may also visit their website at to learn more about these regulations. Shipments will be held at customs if a RM account number is not included with the Fed Ex shipping invoice. Please be sure to check with your veterinarian in advance to make sure they comply with this regulation if we are shipping directly to their office. If you are doing business under a farm name this regulation will also apply to you. By speaking to an official at Revenue Canada and obtaining this number in advance, unnecessary delays at the Border will therefore be avoided.

Due to the time constraints we will face by having our vet in to sign the health certificate and getting it to the USDA office, it will be necessary for your vet to call to order semen absolutely no later than 9:00 a.m. ( Central Time) or preferably the evening prior to collection and shipment.

Please feel free to call with any questions you may have.  (254) 366-1176. 

Thank you,

Gena Goodwin
Goodwin Quarter Horses