There has been a rise in activity of Cryolab in sending semen abroad and vice versa. By doing this one can have the great opportunity to escape the increasing genetic narrowness within the various breeds in our own country. In addition, the internet makes it much easier to communicate with breeders.
An important point here is that the results with the chilled or frozen semen have greatly improved in recent years due to improved techniques of semen processing and transportation and also by the TCI insemination method. We have a lot of experience with the actual distribution to and from various countries and we are knowledgeable about their specific requirements. We can supply in advance what options there are for every country ie. chilled and/or frozen, how long the entire process will take, the time required for the distribution and the total costs involved. The quality documents, customs documents and sanitary documents are provided by us so that problems are not to be expected with the export. With respect to quarantine countries, where only frozen semen is permitted for entry, the NVWA vet (State Veterinary Officer) should seal the dry shipper and would need to provide extra documents. If this is the case we can make all the required arrangements for this.
Application for an export or import of canine semen can be best sent by mail via firstname.lastname@example.org , We ask that you attach your address, phone number and email address as well as the same items of the sperm bank receiving it. In addition we will need the name and address of the breeder, a copy of the pedigree of the male dog, chilled or frozen, how many breeding units and if we have to provide a transport container/dry shipper or if it is being sent from abroad.
For a chilled transport you must take into account that in general the transportation companies do not deliver in the weekends. The last possibility of collecting the semen is on a Thursday until 12:00 p.m. so that it can be delivered on Friday, often again before 12:00 p.m. This applies to most destinations. Sometimes it can be delivered to VCK Logistics at Schiphol on a Friday before 11:30 a.m. while it still can be delivered at numerous European destinations that same day. This is slightly more expensive than sending via door-to-door with FedEx or TNT Express.
So if it is the expectation that the insemination will take place in the weekend it should be delivered at the very latest on the Friday. With the current extenders for chilling the semen can definitely be preserved with good quality for several extra days.
For the frozen semen, transportation time is not so important: the regular dry shipper keeps the semen frozen for at least 10 days and a disposable dry shipper for 3 days. There is enough time to deliver it all over the world, especially in the first case. In this way you can send or receive the frozen semen a long time before the expected optimal period of the female dog. In this way you will not be surprised by a female dog that is in early heat.
For the actual transport, we work together with three companies: FedEx, TNT Express and VCK Logistics at Schiphol. Per individual transport we look at which of the three has the best conditions and the best quality of transport for that specific destination.
To ensure the quality and reliability of exports and the optimal use of the semen we have developed a closer cooperation in several countries with local sperm banks:
United States: MOFA Global Australia: Cryogenes and Sires on Ice Germany: Blendivet (Konrad Blendinger) In these and other countries we have more reprovets and semen banks with whom we have worked together for both imports and exports frequently and successfully. The exports to Australia and New Zealand as well as the imports from the USA into the Netherlands will be discussed separately.