Imports

IMPORT YOUR HORSE

Import of horses from Europe to all major ports in the United States. We have a network of affiliated offices worldwide. Making us nimble; able to navigate through all local formalities and Government laws.

Blood Testing and Health Certificate Preparation

Alex Nichols Agency can oversee all veterinarian work and health documentation assuring you of a hassle free process.

Airfreight and All Other Required Services

Alex Nichols Agency has several shipments a week from Europe to New York, Miami and Los Angles. Scheduling your horse with short notice is rarely a problem.

Post-Arrival Quarantine at All USA Ports of Entry

Alex Nichols Agency has direct computer access through the USDA allowing us to check, and or reserve quarantine space at a moment’s notice.

CEM Quarantine for Stallions and Mares

Alex Nichols Agency will locate and arrange the most suitable CEM quarantine for your horse, taking in to account the specific needs for the horse, and other factors like proximity to final destination.

Delivery to Final Destination

Alex Nichols Agency can arrange final delivery of your horse. We take pride in assisting importers on finding the best possible options, taking into account quality of the equipment, most direct route and price.

The United States department of Agriculture sets forth the basic protocol/regulations for importing horses into the United States. They categorize horses being imported as follows:

Horses Requiring Three Days Post-Arrival Quarantine

Horses or other equines that are imported from other countries must undergo a 3-day quarantine on arrival in the U.S. The list of countries from which horses would be eligible for 3-day quarantine currently includes:
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • European Union
  • Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia
  • Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy
  • Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland
  • Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

Horses coming from CEM Countries (Affected by Contagious Equine Metritis)

CEM is highly contagious equine venereal disease. Horses are tested for this disease by culturing a swabbed sample from the genitals of male or female horses. CEM Countries include:
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • European Union
  • Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia
  • Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy
  • Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland
  • Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Herzegovina
  • Macedonian
  • Japan
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland

Horses Requiring Seven Days Post-Arrival Quarantine:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • French Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Isla de Pascua (Easter Island, part of Chile)
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pacific Islands (Palau)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraacel Islands
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spratly Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Surinam
  • Swaziland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zaire
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Horses affected by African Horse Sickness

Equines imported from countries affected with African Horse Sickness must undergo a 60-day quarantine on arrival in the U.S. The list of countries from which horses are required to undergo a 60-day quarantine currently includes Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Yemen Arab Republic, and all countries in Africa except Morocco. Horses being imported can only be regularly imported into the United States in to the following ports:
  • New York Area
  • Miami Florida
  • Los Angeles California

IMPORT FAQ

The United States only requires testing prior to shipment for stallions and mares over 2 years of age that are originating from CEM Affected Counties. USA requires negative tests for CEM within 30 days of shipment. That being said it is certainly advisable to pre test all horses prior to shipment to USA for the four blood tests the horses will be tested for while in quarantine after arrival. These tests are EIA, Piroplasmosis, dourine and glanders.
Your horse is not insured during transport as insurance is not part of our basic price. We do offer a wide range of insurance options at an additional cost. Insurance coverage must be requested in writing.
We have one or two shipments per week, so we can likely have your horse on a flight within 7 to 14 days.
If your horse is a normal adult horse with no known shipping vices then your horse will do fine shipping via one third pallet position or section of the air stable or JET STALL. This section is 120 x 32 x 96 inches. If your horse is a heavy draft breed then we would provide a stall and a half portion of the JET STALL.
The initial import quarantine does not normally allow visitors.
The USDA import centers provide Timothy alfalfa mix hay and crimped oats.
We generally always price your horse shipment based on a consolidation of other horses so you are always getting the best possible price.
Our quotes are valid for 30 days.
Our import services are due via wire transfer when horse arrives at arriving airport. Payment must be made prior to release from the Three day post arrival quarantine.
Horses coming from 99.99% of the world arrive into the States duty free. However there is a small user fee due to customs for processing a formal entry through U.S. Customs. This is currently .21% of the value of the horse with a minimum charge of $25 per entry the charges also has a maxes out at $485.00.
We accept Master card, Visa and American express. Please note that we have a convenience fee for credit card payments.