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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2007, 03:08:47 pm »
Hi everyone I just got a quote from Keringa for my three dogs.  I have two miniature Daschunds and an eight month old Great Dane.
30 day Pre Export Procedures:
Dog 1    R 4517.00
Dog 2    R 4517.00
Dog 3    R 5888.00

Airfares Johannesburg to Auckland   R 40 206.10

NZ Import permit NZ$130 ( I presume one for each dog)

Bear in mind that this quote does not include the quarantine in New Zealand.  I went on a website for the quarantine kennels a couple of weeks ago and worked out it would cost about $ 100 per day fro my three dogs.  So for three months that would be nz$9000.00

The grand total:  R 102 128.00  Ouch  :-X



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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2007, 03:30:09 pm »
Thanks for the info MJ, pretty hectic.  :'(

Everybody, also just bear in mind that if you are going to rent a property in NZ first.

Most landlords don't allow pets, so please ensure you are allowed pets before signing on the line. Also ask where they allow pets, as some allow pets outside and not in the house.
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2007, 04:29:59 pm »
Hi

I know it is a real worry about renting a house especially with a dog that size, the reality may be to rehome Ozzie (Great Dane) as he is still young and fairly destructive, in fact he has started digging a tunnel to New Zealand in the garden!!!!
He also makes up the bulk of the cost due to his size and requirements.  :'(



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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2007, 07:46:43 pm »
Did the math yesterday and worked out that our kitty would cost us $3000 (>R21 000) to take over.  It's just not worth spending that much money right now, and then maybe having them quarentine her for more than one month - average cost per month at the shelter is NZD$1200

Regulations for pets here:  http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/imports/animals/standards/domaniic.spe.htm
Here's where I get the costs from: http://www.emigratenz.org/moving-pets-to-new-zealand.html
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2007, 07:57:02 pm »
There are more links HERE that you can look at.

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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2007, 04:03:12 am »
Most of your links are from SA only.  It is different for importing from America.  For instance, I noticed that from SA, your minimum quarentine period is 120 days, whereas from America it is only 30 days.
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2007, 07:34:34 am »
That's interesting. Maybe they figure we have wild bush roaming dogs and the Americans have caviar eating lap dogs?

I also heard the other day that there is no quaranteen if you are immigrating your pets from SA to Canada. :idiot2:

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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2007, 04:09:56 pm »
   Hi this is the new quote I got without the Great Dane, It is quite a difference!!!
This still does not include the quarantine kennels.               
SOUTH AFRICAN 30 DAY PRE-EXPORT PROCEDURE                  
                  
Pet 1:   Daxie         30 days @      R 4,571.00
Pet 2:   Daxie         30 days @      R 4,571.00
Pet 3:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 4:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 5:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 6:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
Pet 7:   ---         30 days @      R 0.00
                  
30day Pre-Export Fee Total:                  R 9,142.00
                  
EXTRAS:                  
   * Additional Refundable Deposit (if unused):         @ R500 per pet      R 1,000.00
Total Extras:                  R 1,000.00
                  
                  
1]  GRAND TOTAL FOR SOUTH AFRICAN 30 DAY PRE-EXPORT PROCEDURE                   R 10,142.00
                  
2]  APPROXIMATE TRAVEL COST FROM JOHANNESBURG TO:            Auckland      R 10,887.82
                  
3]  IF REQUIRED COLLECTION TO KERINGA KENNELS FROM:            Hillcrest (flight)      R 1,656.73
                  



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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2007, 05:57:38 pm »
So you are still looking at around R25000 per pet if you work in quarantine.

Quick question : What is the "SOUTH AFRICAN 30 DAY PRE-EXPORT PROCEDURE"? A 30 day quarantine in SA?

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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2007, 06:06:33 pm »
I keep asking about the quarantine period and have not really got a direct answer.  From what I can understand they can do one month quarantine in SA and the three other months in NZ.  This is interesting though because I went on the website of one of the quarantine stations and to fly my daschunds over straight away and have them quarantine in NZ for four months will save me about R5000.00.  The  rate at the quarantine kennels per daschund is nz$34 per day. They say they give discounts for longer stays so maybe it will be even cheaper.  I will definately consider flying them when we leave as we can visit them there and it would give us four months to find a dog friendly rental.

They cannot do the one month is SA and have to do 120 days in NZ
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2007, 06:09:24 pm »
Yes I think sending them at the same time is better, then they are not out of contact with you for too long.

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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2007, 03:59:09 pm »
That's interesting. Maybe they figure we have wild bush roaming dogs and the Americans have caviar eating lap dogs?

I also heard the other day that there is no quaranteen if you are immigrating your pets from SA to Canada. :idiot2:

The difference between shipping from USA vs SA, is that South AFrica is not considered to be Rabies free, whereas the USA is. 

The other thing about quaranteen to other countries, like Canada, (or to Texas, USA!)  and such strict quaranteen for NZ, is that NZ is a small island, with a very delicate ecology.  The Kiwi bird is a protected species.  It is a bird that cannot fly, and that makes it's nest on the ground.  Dogs are therefore a threat, because they like to hunt and kill them.  There are areas that you may not take your dog at all for that reason.  Also, NZ doesn't have a lot of the bugs we're used to back in SA or USA, like ticks.  They cannot afford to have these bugs come in, and then affect their birdlife.  The birdlife in NZ is very unique, and once you've been there, you'll understand why they are so incredibly careful as to what they allow in, and why they require such strict quaranteen. :)
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2007, 03:59:09 pm »

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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2007, 06:42:00 pm »
I personally have no problem with the quarantine as we are leaving our dog behind and I agree that they need to take care of the ecology to preserve the natural beauty /  profitability of the country.  I just feel sorry for the poor pets that have to sit in quarantine for so long. To them it must feel like a lifetime.

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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2007, 03:50:01 am »
I agree, and they don't understand why they have to be caged up for that time either.  I am concerned that a pet's whole character could change?
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Re: What are the typical costs (A - Z) to get a dog (x3) from SA to NZ?
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2007, 07:39:39 am »
That is the reason we aren't taking our dog with. He is the most gentle dog ever and is used to open spaces. He won't last in a confined area.