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.
Current issues relating to imports and exports of animals and animal products.
Imports to the UK 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.
Apply for a licence to import animal pathogens and animal products into Great Britain.
Apply for a licence to import live animals (not pet dogs, cats and ferrets).
Exporting from the UK to all countries
What certificates you need to export live animals from the UK.
Rules you need to follow to export cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.
What you need to do to export animal bones, protein and other by-products.
What you need to do to export animal semen, ova, and embryos (germplasm).
Check if you need a certificate to export food for animals.
Check if you need a certificate to export food, drink and agricultural products.
Moving goods or animals between EU countries
The countries that are part of EU trade, the certificates you need, and how to get consignments checked.
Form for a premises to apply for approval as an assembly centre for EU trade of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.
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
How to move animals for research, display and conservation.
Details of institutes, centres and premises in Great Britain approved for EU trade in animals under Council Directive 92/65/EEC.
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
How to register: book a vet visit, get animal passports and health certificates.
Application form to register circus animals and animal acts so they can travel to EU countries.
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).
Form to apply for a permit to import, export or re-export a CITES-listed specimen in or out of the UK.
How to apply for a licence to import, release or keep non-native animals.
Poultry Health Scheme
Find out when you must register for the Poultry Health Scheme, who runs the scheme, and how much it costs to join.
Details of poultry establishments who are approved members of the Poultry Health Scheme (PHS).
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
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
Legal controls, staff training requirements and advice to help prevent unnecessary suffering of farm animals during transit.
Template for animal transporters to document contingency plan in the event of an emergency.
A journey log is required for all exports of farm livestock and unregistered horses.
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.
Form for animal transporter to apply for type 2 authorisation for all road journeys including over 8 hours.
Form to apply for an inspection to approve premises as a control post to rest livestock and horses.
Form to document animal transport certificate and contingency plan for journeys over 8 hours.
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
What you need to do to export animals, products of animal origin and animal by-products from 1 January 2021.
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.