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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 8:58 pm Post subject: Procedure for a Hobbyist to Import Fish Reply with quote

 I  know  this  will  be  a  repeat  of  the  topic,  "to  bring  fish  from  Malaysia".  But  i  felt  that  the  conversation  under  that  topic  has  deviated  somewhere  else.  
 Many  have  given  their  expert  sugestions  in  somehow  bringing  the  fish  home.  Can  someone  explain  the  actual  procedure  involved  or  your  experience.  Once  in  Singapore,  i  was  about  to  buy  a  Pup.  In  the  meantime  my  cousin  called  up  with  the  Quarantine  and  custom  procedures  when  the  pup  arrives  India  which  made  me  simply  walk  out  of  the  shop  without  the  pet.  First  of  all  the  Airline  has  to  acept  the  cage  which  is  not  a  big  problem.  Then  the  authorities  in  India  will  keep  the  animal  for  some  days  monitoring  its  health.  Is  all  this  true?  A  fish  however  in  most  cases  will  be  sent  by  sea  and  not  by  air.  I  myself  am  a  Navigating  Officer  on  cargo  ship.  I  have  called  many  different  Ports  around  the  world  and  have  dealt  with  Quarantine  Officers  who  visit  the  Ship.  That  includes  some  Indian  ports  and  hence  i  know  what  is  priority  in  this  country.
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A  fish  however  in  most  cases  will  be  sent  by  sea  and  not  by  air.                  

 Silveraro,  
 I  don't  know  much  about  immigration  procedures  of  fishes,  but  this  I  can  tell  you  that  are  sent  more  by  air  than  by  sea,  in  my  knowledge.
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 Hey  Silveraro  welcome  to  the  shippies  gang.  You  now  make  a  grand  total  of  3  shippies  here.
 
 To  import  fish  you  have  to  give  in  an  application  to  The  JDGFT  giving  details  of  the  species  (scientific  names)  you  want  to  import  and  the  number  of  fish  of  each  species,  and  why  you  want  to  import  them.
 
 You  then  need  to  seek  clearance  from  the  Environment  Ministry  (of  Maneka  Gandhi  fame)  for  the  above  species.
 
 Submit  this  clearance  letter  to  JDGFT  and  get  your  "One  Time"  import  license  for  the  approved  species  and  quantity.
 
 Then  place  your  order  and  when  the  fish  arrives  in  India  they  will  be  quarantined.  If  the  port  does  not  have  facility  to  quarantine  fish,  which  no  port  obviously  has,  they'll  simply  leave  them  in  the  plastic  bags  unless  you  hire  space  in  a  customs  warehouse  and  set  up  tanks  filtration  equipment  etc.,  for  the  required  quarantine  period.  The  fish  are  then  released  to  you  after  payment  of  customs  duty.
 
 A  sanitation  certificate  from  the  country  of  export  may  ease  the  quarantine  procedures  in  India.  But  then  the  authorities  might  ask  you  to  get  the  sanitation  certificate  authenticated  from  the  Indian  embassy  at  the  country  of  export,  just  to  harass  you.
 
 Ofcourse  bribes  will  help  a  lot  here  and  you  may  not  need  to  leave  the  fish  in  quarantine  at  all  or  need  a  license  in  the  first  place,  depending  on  how  much  you  are  willing  to  shell  out.
 
 A  guy  who  has  successfully  imported  fish  by  the  official  route  is  not  going  to  help  you  with  the  procedure.  Why  would  he  invite  competition.
 
 Ornamental  fish  are  rarely  sent  by  ship,  unless  it's  a  trading  ship  specifically  meant  for  bringing  in  live  ornamental  varieties.  These  ships  were  usually  owned  by  collectors  and  are  no  more  in  operation.  The  preferred  method  of  transport  is  Air.
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 Thnx  Madan,  that  was  exactly  the  info  i  was  looking  for.  Looks  like  you've  tried  it  yourself.  And  nice  to  know  we  have  Shipies  in  here.  In  fact  I  met  Trevor  and  some  other  members  today  and  I'll  be  in  B'lore  till  Monday.  Another  thing  i  have  to  ask  you,  how  do  you  maintain  your  aquarium  while  sailing.  I  started  keeping  aquarium  at  the  age  of  6.  Nobody  takes  care  of  your  pets  like  you  do  yourself.  It  was  a  pain  when  i  had  to  give  away  all  my  pets  before  joining  my  first  Vessel.  Variety  of  fishes,  parrots,  shell  parakeets,  a  huge  no.  of  pegions,  etc.  Though  all  others  in  the  family  were  happy  to  get  rid  of  these  creatures.
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 Hi,
     I  might  be  going  to  Singapore  next  month  will  I  be  allowed  to  bring  fish  back  with  me?I  will  be  flying.I  know  they  don't  quarantine  dogs  as  my  freind  brought  one  back  from  the  USA  so  I  did'nt  think  there  would  be  for  fish.
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 Elaine,
 Did  you  read  all  that  procedure  Madhan  has  mentioned.  If  you  want  the  fish  still  swimming  when  it  arrives  home,  you  have  to  find  your  own  means.  Ppl  have  given  many  suggestions  under  the  topic:  "bringing  fish  from  malaysia."
 If  you  are  looking  for  a  particular  species  that  you  found  in  Singapore,  why  don't  you  post  it  here.  Some  members  here  might  help  you  aquire  it  locally.
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 Madhan,
                               Did  you  carry  home  a  sextant  to  find  that  Lat  and  Long?
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 Elaine,  you  can  bring  a  few  fish  back.  Our  customs  guys  do  not  trouble  a  hobbyist  bringing  back  a  few  fish.  Don't  declare  it  or  let  everyone  know  you  have  fish  with  you.  If  they  spot  the  fish  and  ask  you  about  it  tell  them  it's  for    your  aquarium  and  they'll  let  you  pass.
 
 Silveraro,  sextants  are  passe.  I  have  a  hand  held  GPS.
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 Madan,
                     Thats  one  gadget  i've  been  looking  for  some  time  now.  Must  be  very  useful  for  all  your  fish  collection  trips.
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 Here  is  that  customs  duty  :
 
 http://exim.indiamart.com/customs-duty/ch3.html
 
 Some  interesting  statistics.  Though  not  latest  :
 
 http://www.manage.gov.in/managelib/wto/Fish.pdf
 
 Its  a  pdf  file,  more  than  2  Mb.
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 Hi,
 
   My  brother  who  relocated  from  Boston  to  Pune  after  18  years  brought  along  with  him  his  6  year  old  German  Shepard.He  flew  Lufthansa  and  ofcourse  the  airline  took  great  care  of  the  dog  which  was  in  the  dog  box  in  the  cargo  bay  area  of  the  aircraft.Also  the  airline  took  good  care  during  the  stopover  at  Frankfurt.
 
 Understand  the  Mumbai  customs  did  not  bother  much  as  he  had  the  requisite  papers  from  the  U.S.  And  he  just  walked  out  of  the  airport  along  with  the  dog  in  30  min.....no  quarantine.
 
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 Hi  all
 
 How  about  transporting  fish  by  air?If  i  were  to  source  some  fish  from  outside  the  country  and  they  were  to  send  it  by  air,how  easy  is  it  to  clear  customs  back  here  at  the  airport?Does  it  involve  any  complicated  procedures?
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Hi  all
 
 How  about  transporting  fish  by  air?If  i  were  to  source  some  fish  from  outside  the  country  and  they  were  to  send  it  by  air,how  easy  is  it  to  clear  customs  back  here  at  the  airport?Does  it  involve  any  complicated  procedures?                

 
 V!nay  forget  it.
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 Alright.That  was  simple  to  understand    ROFL
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 sorry  for  bumping  up  such  a  old  thread,  but  had  some  doubts.
 am  planning  to  get  2  aros  (4"  in  size)  when  comin  back  from  singapore  on  the  30th.
 now  since  liquids  are  banned  in  the  cabin  luggage  they  will  travel  in  the  checked  in  luggage.  they  are  QH  aros  with  the  rfid  and  papers.  are  the  custom  officials  still  as  lenient  as  before?
 If  i  am  caught  can  i  directly  offer  them  a  bribe?  :p
 if  they  refuse  the  same,  will  they  confiscate  the  fish?
 any  tips/info  will  be  greatly  appreciated!
 will  be  landing  at  pune  btw.
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