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    Default Moving my pet from US to CHCH

    My first post..and it's not transporting furniture, cars or even immigration forms. The number one priority for the kids is "what about the dog?!?!"
    I look through a number of older posts but still have questions -
    1. What's the ballpark cost to move a medium sized dog (golden retriever) from the US mid-west to Christchurch NZ?
    2. Are there companies that specialize in such moves? I saw a link to http://www.iptlax.com/ any feedback on them? Any other companies?
    3. Where do I find all the requirements that the dog must complete (health requirements etc., )?

    Thanks in advance - I will have many many more question in the coming weeks!

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    It's a minefield and very involved, and I wouldn't recommend doing it yourself as just one thing missed can delay your dog's journey significantly. We used IPT. In terms of their knowledge and understanding of the process, it's second to none. This is all they do so they know it inside out. They give you options as well, so if you're willing to do some of the paperwork (with their guidance) it costs a little less. I also booked her domestic flight from CT to LA (with Continental - they are brilliant with pets and I could track her flights and know every step of her journey).

    I did find that IPT's contact wasn't the greatest. For example I'd asked them to keep me posted when she arrived in LA and they had her (we were already in nz). I also asked for confirmation she'd arrived in nz, but I didn't get anything proactive, I had to chase them. And I never heard from them after she'd left the US, except to ask for more money because she weighed a little more than we'd originally stated so the flight cost more.

    IPT's fees were about the biggest single expense, at about US$1700, the flights from CT to Welly were about $900, vet costs were probably close to $600, and quarantine was NZ$1600. I'm going back 2.5 years so these are approximate based on my memory! We have a smaller dog too, which does count on flights, which are calculated on weight.

    Make sure you plan well in advance and contact your chosen specialist firm early to ensure all your prep work is done, as some stuff has to be done months out.

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    Awesome reply!
    Thanks Manks -This seems like as much work or more than getting the furniture sent.
    But then you can't quantify the love my boys have for the dog.
    I might even plan to have him there waiting for us to great us at the NZ airport with friends/family.

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    We flew ours from the UK. I would echo Manks' comment to use a specialist. You really need to have someone who knows the regs inside out. Even our Vet advised this. He knew that vets were not up to date and often did not follow the rules exactly, so it was best to ensure someone who knew what they were doing did it!

    We google searched UK pet shippers, spoke to them and got quotes. We searched for reviews here and on other Internet forums and then went with our gut instincts. Our animals arrived happy and healthy...I'm sure we were more stressed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzchris View Post
    Awesome reply!

    I might even plan to have him there waiting for us to great us at the NZ airport with friends/family.
    Yes, do not consider doing this by yourself. Get an experienced pet shipper to do it. If something is not right, they won't fly them or accept them this end. It is quite a time (and money) consuming exercise to be honest and they take all the documentation seriously. And I personally would advise not sending your dog first before you arrive. This may be different if your dog has to do quarantine, ours did at the time. I seem to remember that Air NZ needed clarification that we were in the country to collect the dogs before they would board them. It is much easier if you are there to take responsibility. If need be put them in kennels first and send them later. Ours went a week later than we did.
    All the best.

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    Thanks for all the advice.
    I think I will use the iptlax organization and will post back here to help others.

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    Just another thought here.
    I have family in NZ. They are in Christchurch where there is a quarantine and is our final destination.
    Would it be better to ship the dog a week or two early and have them look after him until our arrival?
    They have a large farm and dogs also.
    Just thinking this may be remove one concern as we prep to go.

    Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzchris View Post
    My first post..and it's not transporting furniture, cars or even immigration forms. The number one priority for the kids is "what about the dog?!?!"
    I look through a number of older posts but still have questions -
    1. What's the ballpark cost to move a medium sized dog (golden retriever) from the US mid-west to Christchurch NZ?
    2. Are there companies that specialize in such moves? I saw a link to http://www.iptlax.com/ any feedback on them? Any other companies?
    3. Where do I find all the requirements that the dog must complete (health requirements etc., )?

    Thanks in advance - I will have many many more question in the coming weeks!
    We used them for our 9 yr old 50lb lab and they were great. From DC via LAX to AKL. 10 days quarantine and flights, companies fees etc, vets visits all came to approx $5000 US.

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    We moved our pug three weeks ago from Colorado and second everything manks said, including the lack of pro-active communication from ipt. Probably cost us $3k and a few grey hairs, but everyone is now here safe and sound.

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    Moved a golden retriever and two cats from Toronto to NZ in December last year. Don't use a "specialist", it's as big a rip off as an immigration consultant. If you have half a brain, the MAF requirement documents and a piece of paper (or Excel spreadsheet) you can do it yourself... Get everything written out and then book an appointment and talk to your vet. All in, for just the dog, it was about $5000 including airfare, vet fees and quarantine. If you are going to do it, start early, there a lot that needs to be done coming from North America at and within very specific times.

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