Mrs. Fluffy Puffy : Quote:They don't have to be NPIP tested, it's specific diseases that USDA wants tested for: The flock of origin has to be tested (and found to be negative) for egg drop syndrome (adenovirus 127) Salmonella enteritidis viral turkey rhinotracheitis (avian pneumovirus) Shipping can be done practically over night. The faster the pricier. But after you already spend hundreds of dollars on lab testing and permit fees I would not want to save on shipping cost. Every day it takes longer will decrease the hatching potential. With FedEx there really were no delays. (Theoretically!!!). If USDA is alerted they will check the eggs within a couple of hours of landing. Customs might take an additional several hours and your eggs will be off to the final destination. I need to make some super good friends in the UK...I'm really interested in this. I truly want to import some eggs someday. I have another question for ya, what about live birds? What is the process for them? Is it pretty much the same, or is it different? ~ Aspen I gave up looking into live birds when I realized that they have to be quarantined no matter what country they are from (except Canada). Quarantine is paid by the day and the daily user fee rate for standard care, feed, and handling of chickens quarantined in a USDA Animal Import Center is $19/bird. Minimum quarantine is 30 days. AND during the quarantine period, all poultry will be tested to determine if they are free of certain communicable diseases of poultry. The cost for this diagnostic testing will be charged to the importer and is separate from the quarantine fee... Now add all the paperwork, broker (required) fee etc. and you have a really "valuable" chicken at your hands. I would be unbelievably nervous that something could happen to the poor chicken after all this rigamarole.