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Moving abroad

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by gostars, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. gostars

    gostars Arachnopeon

    I currently live in the UK, and my boyfriend lives in the USA. We're both avid tarantula fans - he has a young GBB, and I have a G. Pulchra & a B. Bohemi. Eventually we are going to get our own place, ideally in Antwerp or Groningen, Belgium or Holland. Has anyone ever moved overseas while keeping tarantulas? How do I transport them with me?
  2. Predacons5

    Predacons5 Arachnopeon

    Check with the respective country's customs officers. They should have details on what to do.
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  3. Kitara

    Kitara Arachnoknight Active Member

    All I know is that we had to go through so many freaking hoops (expensive too) to get our dogs overseas. I can only imagine the red tape for Ts. Good luck!
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  4. Polenth

    Polenth Arachnoknight Active Member

    Tarantulas can be moved easily between EU countries. People buy from other countries all the time. Your issue is going to be the UK is most likely going to drop out of the EU, so the rules will most likely change in unpredictable ways. Nobody has experience of doing that because it hasn't happened yet.

    You should be able to research the US to EU direction though, as that's unlikely to change in the next few months.
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  5. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoprince Active Member

    Is the question relating to getting one the Ts from the USA to the UK? To do that, you would need to contact somebody with import/export capabilities in each country and try to work something out with them. Honestly though, selling his GBB in the US and buying a new one in the UK will probably cause a net profit, where export/import for a single reletively comming T will probably cost a lot more than the T is worth.
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, sell the ts and buy new ones at a fraction of the cost in the UK....absolutely not worth the time, effort or cost (or risk if you dont go through the proper steps).
  7. korg

    korg Arachnobaron

    Bringing tarantulas from the US to Europe counts as importing exotic animals, so your boyfriend would have to follow those laws, get permits, etc. Absolutely no way it's worth the effort for one spider, like cold blood said. Prices are so much lower in Europe that he could probably sell his GBB in the US and buy a new one plus many more in Europe when he gets there.
  8. darkness975

    darkness975 dream reaper Arachnosupporter

    Sell the spiders and buy new ones when you get to the new country.