Horse Imports


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

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Blood Testing & Health Certificate Preparation

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

CEM Quarantine for Stallions & Mares

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

Airfreight & All Other Required Services

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

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.

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.

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Different ports have different requirements.
We’ve seen it all.

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
Austria
Belgium
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
European Union
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom

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
Austria
Belgium
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
European Union
Lebanon
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Latvia
Russia
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom

Horses Coming from CEM Countries

Affected by Contagious Equine Metritis

CEM is a 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:

Austria
Belgium
Bosnia
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
European Union
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guinea Bissau
Herzegovina
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Japan
Korea
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
The Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

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
Spratly Islands
Sri Lanka
Surinam
Swaziland
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zaire
Zambia
Zimbabwe
South Africa

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, the Yemen Arab Republic, and all countries in Africa except Morocco.

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.