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Hi all, wasn't sure where was the best board to post this.

 

I am due to enter the US on my K-1 visa in October and will be having my dog shipped over from the UK (via British Airways) a few days after I arrive. While I've found loads of information about requirements for documentation etc and what I need to have done before he flies, I'm struggling to find out what the process is for actually picking up my pet once he arrives in Chicago!

 

The pet shipping company I'm using want an extra £545 for an agent to handle this and they're claiming it can take 4-6 hours before our pet is handed over, but surely it's just a matter of driving to the airline's cargo area and filling out some paperwork? I have asked them to explain what the charge covers because it seems excessive and they've been vague and just repeated the above, but it has got me worried that it must be extremely difficult to pick up your animal if you don't know what you're doing. 

 

Has anyone shipped a pet via cargo to Chicago O'Hare specifically? What was the process on arrival to collect your pet? Did it take long? Was there anything particularly complicated involved?

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12 minutes ago, yoda one for me said:

Hi all, wasn't sure where was the best board to post this.

 

I am due to enter the US on my K-1 visa in October and will be having my dog shipped over from the UK (via British Airways) a few days after I arrive. While I've found loads of information about requirements for documentation etc and what I need to have done before he flies, I'm struggling to find out what the process is for actually picking up my pet once he arrives in Chicago!

 

The pet shipping company I'm using want an extra £545 for an agent to handle this and they're claiming it can take 4-6 hours before our pet is handed over, but surely it's just a matter of driving to the airline's cargo area and filling out some paperwork? I have asked them to explain what the charge covers because it seems excessive and they've been vague and just repeated the above, but it has got me worried that it must be extremely difficult to pick up your animal if you don't know what you're doing. 

 

Has anyone shipped a pet via cargo to Chicago O'Hare specifically? What was the process on arrival to collect your pet? Did it take long? Was there anything particularly complicated involved?

Our dog always travels with us. From Ireland to US just needed a doggie passport showing current vaccinations and rabies shot. Only cost 200 euros to book her on our flight into Dulles and we collected her when we collected our bags. Why using a shipping company? That said I did have to use a shipping company even with Nikki on my flight to Ireland due to the Irish requirements. Cost about 2500$. Not cheap!

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I'm using a shipping company because I'm leaving the country before him, so he has to go as cargo. It's not convenient for us to fly on the same flight so this is the only other way of doing it, and I had read that shipping out of Heathrow requires you use a shipping company rather than DIYing it anyway. 

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20 minutes ago, yoda one for me said:

I'm using a shipping company because I'm leaving the country before him, so he has to go as cargo. It's not convenient for us to fly on the same flight so this is the only other way of doing it, and I had read that shipping out of Heathrow requires you use a shipping company rather than DIYing it anyway. 

Ah Ok. It will be pricey then and yes it may take a while before you can pick up your pet. Will the company not bring your pet to you in the area? I used Pet-Express for travel to Ireland. They picked up my Nikki from me and got her boarded on the plane then also took her to the Vet's upon landing where we picked her up. Maybe 2-4 hours wait but no longer. 

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They would deliver him to our home, but that's an extra cost again and I would rather get access to my dog ASAP so I don't want him being ground shipped to me from the airport when we're an easy drive away ourselves.

 

I have no problem picking him up from the airport, I am just trying to understand what the process of getting him released from cargo to us is so I can determine if the extra cost for this optional service is worth taking, or if we'll be spending a lot of money for something we could have easily done ourselves. The cost of shipping him is fine, that's a necessary evil that we budgeted for, but this liaison cost has come out a lot more than I was expecting.

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Puppies and dogs entering the United States  must be 6 months of age and may not enter the United States from any country until fully vaccinated (rabies and distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus (DHLPP) and accompanied with an import permit.

 

I had taken both my golden retrievers to Canada when i went camping and when coming back into the US ,  they were going to quarantine them   6 weeks as i did not bring shot records with me.   i drove home to Pa and got the records and went back for my pets.

 

Keep their papers in your carry on baggage as airports are known to loose checked luggage and you don't need that hastle

 

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1 minute ago, yoda one for me said:

They will, but that's an extra cost and I would rather get access to my dog ASAP so I don't want him being ground shipped to me from the airport when we're an easy drive away ourselves.

 

I have no problem picking him up from the airport, I am just trying to understand what the process of getting him released from cargo to us is so I can determine if the extra cost for this optional service is worth taking, or if we'll be spending a lot of money for something we could have easily done ourselves.

I certainly understand! You should be able to get him straight from cargo somehow. Sorry I cant help with Chicago airport. Try giving them a call and see or hopefully someone else can advise. Good luck!

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Just now, JeanneAdil said:

Puppies and dogs entering the United States  must be 6 months of age and may not enter the United States from any country until fully vaccinated (rabies and distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus (DHLPP) and accompanied with an import permit.

 

I had taken both my golden retrievers to Canada when i went camping and when coming back into the US ,  they were going to quarantine them   6 weeks as i did not bring shot records with me.   i drove home to Pa and got the records and went back for my pets.

Thanks JeanneAdil, but I have all that covered . What I'm asking for is what is the procedure for collecting the animal after it has been shipped as cargo is. There won't be any quarantine to deal with, I just want to know if it's a simple process of some form-filling and stamping or if I should be paying extra money for someone to handle it for me.

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Don't know how it works at O'Hare, but we bought a puppy online that was shipped to us from South America.  Picked her up at the cargo location in Ft. Lauderdale.  Had to sign the usual paperwork, but it was all pretty easy and didn't take more than an hour or so.


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47 minutes ago, Neonred said:

Don't know how it works at O'Hare, but we bought a puppy online that was shipped to us from South America.  Picked her up at the cargo location in Ft. Lauderdale.  Had to sign the usual paperwork, but it was all pretty easy and didn't take more than an hour or so.

Thanks so much, that's reassuring. :) Hopefully Chicago should also be pretty simple. We are anticipating heading to the cargo area and the staff there being able to clue us in on the paperwork and whether we need to get anything stamped elsewhere in the airport. Glad to hear it was a quick process for you!

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