Spain Incurs High Import Charges for Budgerigars

Fanciers sending birds to Spain (which includes Tenerife), should be fully aware of the Spanish Crown requirements – even though Spain is itself in the European Union.

The overheads are the problem, as they include Avian Influenza clearance (UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has stated on its website that the UK has been free of this disease since 2007/8) and additionally faecal samples are now required for psittacosis checking.

In a recent small shipment of just four birds, this faecal laboratory testing alone was charged at a total of £197.40 incl Value Added Tax (VAT).

Add the usual airline charges (which have increased since 2008), the veterinary inspection & documentation completion, plus the International Air Transport Association (IATA) crate, and in total a very sizeable sum is invoked from the buyer.


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About the Author: Gerald Binks began breeding budgerigars when he was 12 years old and is now arguably the most knowledgeable budgerigar fancier in the world. He has bred his fair share of Best in Show birds, judged in no less than 20 countries, founded the World Budgerigar Association, and has published two of the three classic books on the hobby. His stud in the UK attracts fanciers from near and far and is always high on the list for those wishing to purchase BA23 quality budgerigars.

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  1. pericat says:

    Dear Mr.Binks

    I’m from Spain and I can’t believe what I’m reading.

    It seems very expensive!!!

    I think the total cost are 500-600 pounds minimum.

    Greetings and congratulations on your excellent web site.

    We always read it.

    Lluís Palomes,

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