Application for certificate of ownership to travel with exotic pet

CITES Form A3 (2014.02.04)

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITE)

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If you need assistance in completing this form, the CITES Management Authority Office can be contacted by email or by telephone at 1-855-869-8670.

Important Notes

  • Certificates of Ownership may only be granted to Canadians for pet animals transported across international borders for personal non-commercial use. Fill in one application form for each pet.
  • Send your completed application by email, regular mail or fax (send application only once):
CITES Permitting Office
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
351 St-Joseph Boulevard (Blvd)
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3
Email : cites@ec.gc.ca
Fax: 1-855-869-8671
  • All applicable sections must be filled out. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted. Additional information or documents may be requested from the applicant in order to process the application. The applicant must sign the application form.
  • A period of 40 days may be required to review an application before the CITES permit is issued. Please note that this reviewing period begins once all required documents and information has been received by our office.
  • If the application is approved, the certificate will be sent by mail to the applicant. If you would like to receive your certificate by courier, please provide a pre-paid envelope or your courier account number. The certificate will be sent to the address provided in Section 3A, unless otherwise specified by the applicant.
  • Import and export of live animals is also controlled by the Health of Animals Act implemented by them Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Please refer to their site or contact their regional offices by phone.

Section 1. Application type

Check one of the following:

New Application

Renewal of a CITES certificate (Canadian)

Number of the CITES certificate:
_______________________________________________________
Expiry Date:
_______________________________________________________

Replacement of a CITES certificate (Canadian)

Number of the CITES certificate:
_______________________________________________________
Expiry Date:
_______________________________________________________
Reason for replacement:
_______________________________________________________


Expected date of permit reception
(approximate if necessary):
_______________________________________________________
Year / Month / Day


I would like my certificate sent by:

mailcourier (cost incurred by applicant)

If you would like your certificate sent by courier, please provide:

Pre-paid envelope; or
Courier account number:
_______________________________________________________

Section 2. Trade type

Trade Type
No. Date of Exit from Canada Canadian Port of Exit Date of Entry to Canada Canadian Port of Entry Destination Country
1 blank blank blank blank blank
2 blank blank blank blank blank
3 blank blank blank blank blank
4 blank blank blank blank blank

Section 3. Name and address

A - Applicant (canadian owner)

The applicant must be a Canadian owner of a pet or, when acting on behalf of the owner, must provide a letter from the owner giving the applicant permission to apply on his/her behalf.

Name of person:
_______________________________________________________
Street and number:
_______________________________________________________
Post Office Box:
_______________________________________________________
City:
_______________________________________________________
Province/Territory:
_______________________________________________________
Postal Code:
_______________________________________________________
Country:
_______________________________________________________
Email:
_______________________________________________________
Home Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Work Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Cell Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Fax:
_______________________________________________________

B - Destination

Indicate name of person, name of hotel or your name in the case of a 2nd residence

Name of person:
_______________________________________________________
Name of hotel (if applicable):
_______________________________________________________
Street and number:
_______________________________________________________
Post Office Box:
_______________________________________________________
City:
_______________________________________________________
Province/Territory:
_______________________________________________________
Postal Code:
_______________________________________________________
Country:
_______________________________________________________
Email:
_______________________________________________________
Home Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Work Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Cell Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Fax:
_______________________________________________________

Section 4. Purpose

Note that all the live animal identified in this application must be exported/imported for personal non-commercial use.
Specimens traded for a different purpose must be applied for using a different application.

Check the box that best describes the purpose of the trip:

Vacation (P)
Exhibition/show (P)
Living part of the year in another country (P)
Other (P)
Specify:

* If you are moving. complete the application for import, export or re-export of live animals.

Section 5. Description of the specimen

Fill in one application form for each pet.

Important - If your pet(s) bear(s) no identification marks such as a leg band, microchip or tattoo, we will not be able to proceed with the assessment of your application. Please contact your veterinarian to have your pet identified by a number. Use additional sheets if necessary. Please provide identification documentation if available.

Description of Specimens
Scientific Name Common Name Pet Name Description
blank blank blank □ Male □ Female □ Unknown
Age or date of birth (Year/Month/Day): Compulsory-Identification Marks (leg band,
microchip, tattoo) and any distinctive markings:

Section 6. Origin and legality

Context of acquisition
(purchase, gift, etc.):
_______________________________________________________
Acquisition Date:
_______________________________________________________
Name of person where you
acquired pet:
_______________________________________________________
Name of company where you
acquired pet:
_______________________________________________________
Type of company where you
acquired pet:
_______________________________________________________
Municipal address:
_______________________________________________________
Post Office Box:
_______________________________________________________
City:
_______________________________________________________
Province/Territory:
_______________________________________________________
Postal Code:
_______________________________________________________
Country:
_______________________________________________________
Email:
_______________________________________________________
Home Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Work Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Cell Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Fax:
_______________________________________________________

This section must be completed for each animal unless the information is identical for all animals. Note that in each case you will have to choose one of the following origin: A- from the wild, B- from captive breeding or C- unknown.

A - Complete this section if your animal came from the wild:

Country of capture:
_______________________________________________________
Date of capture:
_______________________________________________________

B - Complete the following section if your animal came from a captive breeding operation:

Name of breeder/breeding operation:
_______________________________________________________
Is the operation registered by CITES?
□ Yes □ No
If yes, the registration number:
_______________________________________________________
Municipal address:
_______________________________________________________
Post Office Box:
_______________________________________________________
City:
_______________________________________________________
Province/Territory:
_______________________________________________________
Postal Code:
_______________________________________________________
Country:
_______________________________________________________
Website:
_______________________________________________________
Email:
_______________________________________________________
Home Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Work Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Cell Phone:
_______________________________________________________
Fax:
_______________________________________________________

Complete the genealogy of the live animal (name and identification #) at the minimum to the 2nd generation (F2) born in captivity (parents, grandparents).

Genealogy of the live animal
  Specimen:
Sex: □ male □ female
Date of birth:
Specimen:
Sex: □ male □ female
Date of birth:
F1 Mother:
Date of birth:
Father:
Date of birth:

F2 Mother:
Date of birth:

Father:
Date of birth:
Mother:
Date of birth:

Father:
Date of birth:

C - Complete the following section if the origin of the animal is unknown:

Explain in detail how you came to acquire your pet.

Has a CITES permit or certificate (Canadian of foreign) already been issued for this animal?

□ No
□ Yes (Attach a copy of the permit or certificate)

Permit or certificate number:
_______________________________________________________

Attach a copy of any documents required to have acquire your pet

□ Any permits required to capture or remove the animal from the wild.
□ Any receipt if your pet was purchased
□ Birth certificate from the breeder (indicating the birth date of the animal and the parents (F1 and F2))
□ Breeder certification of the genealogy
□ Any health certificate
□ Any other birth certificate
□ Any registration certificates

Section 7. Transport

Explain how your pet will be contained during transport:

How many times do you expect to cross an international border (Canadian or foreign) each year?

Section 8. Current location of the specimen

Please check the appropriate box:

□ In Canada
□ Outside Canada
□ Detained by:
□ Canada Customs
□ Foreign Customs

Provide the Customs file number and copies of letters exchanged with Customs.

The undersigned hereby certifies that all information given in this application is true and correct.

Signature of applicant:
_______________________________________________________
Date:
_______________________________________________________
Year / Month / Day

Checklist
□ Did you sign the application?
□ Did you answer all questions relevant to your pet animal?
□ Did you attach copies of requested documents?
□ Did you include your pet house name?

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