Collection of guidance and forms for importing and exporting live animals or animal products.
- Topical issues
- Imports to the UK from non-EU countries
- Exporting from the UK to all countries
- Moving goods or animals between EU countries
- Balai Directive: animals, semen and embryos for research, display and conservation
- Circus and animal acts
- Endangered species
- Non-native animals
- Poultry Health Scheme
- Animal pathogens
- Artificial breeding controls
- Welfare of animals in transport
- Importing and exporting from 1 January 2021
This collection of guidance specifically covers importing and exporting live animals or animal products.
There’s also specific guidance on pet travel: entering/returning to the UK.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): send application by email
If possible, you should send any applications by email as staff may not be able to collect post during the coronavirus outbreak.
Please apply in advance to avoid delay - APHA is dealing with a high volume of applications.
Imports, exports and EU trade of animals and animal products: topical issues
Current issues relating to imports and exports of animals and animal products.
Imports to the UK from non-EU countries
Importing live animals or animal products from non-EU countries
Guidance on where you can import from, getting the right licence and the border checks your import must pass at border control posts (BCP).
Importing live animals or animal products from non-EU countries: general licences and authorisations
List of general licences and authorisations which allow certain animals and products of animal origin to be imported into Great Britain.
Animal pathogens and products: import licence application
Apply for a licence to import animal pathogens and animal products into Great Britain.
Live animals (not pet dogs, cats, ferrets): import licence application
Apply for a licence to import live animals (not pet dogs, cats and ferrets).
Exporting from the UK to all countries
Export live animals
What certificates you need to export live animals from the UK.
Export livestock and poultry
Rules you need to follow to export cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.
Export animal bones, protein and other by-products
What you need to do to export animal bones, protein and other by-products.
Export animal semen, ova and embryos
What you need to do to export animal semen, ova, and embryos (germplasm).
Export food for animals
Check if you need a certificate to export food for animals.
Export food, drink and agricultural products
Check if you need a certificate to export food, drink and agricultural products.
Moving goods or animals between EU countries
Moving live animals or animal products as part of EU trade
The countries that are part of EU trade, the certificates you need, and how to get consignments checked.
Assembly centre for EU trade of livestock: application
Form for a premises to apply for approval as an assembly centre for EU trade of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.
Dealer’s premises for EU trade in sheep and goats: application
Form to apply for approval as a dealer’s premises for intra-Community trade in sheep and goats.
Balai Directive: animals, semen and embryos for research, display and conservation
Balai Directive: moving live animals, semen and embryos
How to move animals for research, display and conservation.
Balai Directive and EU trade in animals: approved premises
Details of institutes, centres and premises in Great Britain approved for EU trade in animals under Council Directive 92/65/EEC.
Balai Directive: application to import and export live animals
Form for a premises to apply for approval to import and export animals under Council Directive 92/65/EEC (Balai Directive).
Circus and animal acts
Register a travelling circus or animal act to travel in the EU
How to register: book a vet visit, get animal passports and health certificates.
Circus or animal act: registration
Application form to register circus animals and animal acts so they can travel to EU countries.
Import or export endangered species: check if you need a CITES permit
Check if your import, export or re-export needs a permit under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Endangered species: apply for an import and export permit
Form to apply for a permit to import, export or re-export a CITES-listed specimen in or out of the UK.
Importing non-native animals
How to apply for a licence to import, release or keep non-native animals.
Poultry Health Scheme
Poultry Health Scheme: how to register
Find out when you must register for the Poultry Health Scheme, who runs the scheme, and how much it costs to join.
Poultry Health Scheme: list of members
Details of poultry establishments who are approved members of the Poultry Health Scheme (PHS).
Bringing non-specified animal pathogens or carriers into the UK
The licences you must have and the transport conditions you must follow for bringing non-specified animal pathogens or carriers into the UK.
Artificial breeding controls
Bovine and boar semen collection and breeding: licence application
How to apply for a licence to operate as a bovine semen collection centre and to use bovine animals and boars for artificial breeding and semen trade.
Welfare of animals in transport
Live transport: welfare regulations
Legal controls, staff training requirements and advice to help prevent unnecessary suffering of farm animals during transit.
Type 2 animal transporters: contingency plan template
Template for animal transporters to document contingency plan in the event of an emergency.
Journey logs: animal exports
A journey log is required for all exports of farm livestock and unregistered horses.
UK animal transporter: application for type 1 authorisation
Form for animal transporters to apply for new and the renewal of a type 1 authorisation for road journeys over 65km and up to 8 hours.
UK animal transporter: application for type 2 authorisation
Form for animal transporter to apply for type 2 authorisation for all road journeys including over 8 hours.
Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 2006: inspection application
Form to apply for an inspection to approve premises as a control post to rest livestock and horses.
UK animal transport certificate and contingency plan for specific journey
Form to document animal transport certificate and contingency plan for journeys over 8 hours.
Animal transport: contingency plan template for specific journey
Form to document a contingency plan for transporting cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and unregistered horses, for journeys over 8 hours to the EU or Third Countries.
Importing and exporting from 1 January 2021
Exporting animals and animal products to the EU from 1 January 2021
What you need to do to export animals, products of animal origin and animal by-products from 1 January 2021.
From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Animal and Plant Health Agency
Published 12 September 2014
Last updated 23 March 2020
Added coronavirus statement on sending applications by email.
Added guidance on importing and exporting after the UK leaves the EU
Removed message on flooding at Carlisle
Added link to new guidance on importing non-native animals
Added links to new guides on general imports licences and authorisations, and topical issues.