Shipping game meat

All game meat shipments must be booked from origin to destination on Air Canada or Jazz.

Embargoes:

  • Due to U.S. Customs regulations, the following Air Canada Cargo stations cannot accept game meat shipments:
    • Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Phoenix (PHX)
    • Orlando (MCO)
    • Washington (IAD)
  • Due to potential transfer of disease, game meat and game meat products are prohibited from entering Japan.

Contact your local Air Canada Cargo office for more information.

Payment:

All shipments of game meat, hides and antlers must be prepaid.

Required documentation for shipments to the U.S.:

All shippers of game meat are responsible for ensuring that all required documentation including U.S. Customs forms/certifications and Fish and Wildlife Declarations are attached to the outside of the shipment.

Hunters will need a Veterinary Services Special Permit for the Importation of Hunter-Harvested Wild Ruminant Meat, along with one of the following:
  • a valid Canadian export certificate for game meat,
  • a copy of a valid hunting license, or
  • a valid hunting tag.

The permit can be downloaded from the United States Department of Agriculture website, or obtained by calling the APHIS National Center for Import and Export at:
(301) 734-3277.

Shipments to the U.S.:

Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act (BTA):
The intent of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act (the Bioterrorism Act) is to protect the health and safety of the people of the United States from an intended or actual terrorist attack on the nation's food supply.

The Bioterrorism Act requires that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receive prior notice from shippers before food is imported or offered for import into the United States. All shipments without a prior notice number will be refused, and shippers may be subject to fines for non-compliance.

Learn more about the Bioterrorism Act and prior notice of imported foods

Designated ports of entry:

As per U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Regulations Subpart B, Section 14.16: Wildlife lawfully taken by U.S. residents in Canada, the U.S.A. or Mexico and imported or exported for non-commercial purposes may be imported or exported ONLY at certain U.S. Customs ports of entry.

For more information on designated ports of entry, please consult the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Security:

Please be advised that Air Canada Cargo is required to comply with security regulations as mandated by the TSA. Therefore no cargo shipment may depart the U.S. if tendered by a shipper who is not considered security certified or known. Please take this into consideration when choosing a destination that may require a connection in the U.S.

Packaging:

  • The product should be contained in one 9 ml plastic bag (or two 4 ml plastic bags),
  • Gel packs should be included with the packaging, except for vacuum packaged meat.
    • Only gel packs will be accepted as a refrigerant.
    • Fresh meat, hides, capes, meat, etc., packed in salt will not be accepted.
    • Our stations in the U.S. do not have freezer facilities but have coolers.
    • It is your responsibility to provide adequate coolants.
  • The outer carton should be wax treated,
  • The inner carton must be one of the following:
    • a leak proof Styrofoam box, or
    • a leak proof, wax soaked, cardboard liner.
  • The weight of an individual package must not exceed 32 kg.
  • Boxes must be able to withstand two or more similar containers being stacked on top without crushing.
  • "This Side Up" and "Perishable" must be marked prominently on at least two vertical walls of each container.
  • Each box must have the consignee's complete address and contact information, including telephone number.
  • Shipment must be clean and clear of blood, packaged so as to prevent spillage or seepage, and able to maintain package integrity for duration of travel.
  • Antler tips must be covered so as not to puncture other shipments or baggage. Antlers must be completely clean of all meat.

Refrigeration:

There is an additional charge for the handling and storage of game meat using refrigeration until time for transport.
  • For shipments originating in Gander, a charge of $25 CAD is applicable per shipment.
  • For shipments originating in Deer Lake, a charge of $35 CAD is applicable per shipment.