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The reason clams are so expensive right now is because of the Canadian Government....

Originally you bought clams from a coral supplier and had to pay for cites just like normal coral. So clams would come in fairly cheap and be able to retail for 30-100 depending on colour. The market has grown and so have the prices.

Recently the Canadian Government changed the way you can import them for some stupid fear of contaminating a mollusk industry that we don't really have...

So now a store buys clams from Exporter A and ships them to a holding tank in the US or Singapore (because those are the only countries Canada will accept the import of clams from).

Next they need to be quarantined in said country for a few weeks and be inspected by the ministry of agriculture to ensure they aren't infected with some disease.

Once they get the all clear you need to get a re-export cites permit along with 3 or 4 more permits in Canada to allow you to import them...

So, to summarize you pay shipping twice (which is twice the cost of purchasing the coral usually), you pay for 7 sets of permits and you pay to hold them in whatever location you choose until they can be shipped out again. There are also a lot of other fees in there as well that add an additional 2-3% to the total cost.. so The clams were already expensive long before they got to the consumer...
 

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That is very interesting as tridacna maxima is not under cites just the gigas but that is good to know. I heard you got some clams. Any white maxima?
No white ones sadly... We just have two blue 6" guys left. We got a nice tonga shipment again today though... Ill be posting some photos today..
 
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