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Import Requirements:

From 1 January 2021 there will be new requirements for moving equines from the European Union (EU) to Great Britain (GB). It is very important that all within the industry understand these requirements and take action to comply with them.

It has been agreed that unregistered equines travelling from the European Union (EU) to Great Britain (GB) must be kept on a holding in the EU for 40 days prior to travel. This means that for any movements on 1 January 2021, an unregistered equine must be on an EU holding from 22 November 2020. These 40 days of residency and other new requirements support the commitment of the United Kingdom, to maintain the highest animal health and welfare standards after the end of the Transition Period.

Further information and guidance on the requirements for Importing Equines from the European Union after the end of the Transition Period can be found here on gov.uk.

new import requirements will apply to live animals, including equines.

These include the requirement for:

  • goods to be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate (EHC);
  • import pre-notifications submitted by the importer via IPAFFS at least one working day before the expected time of arrival at the point of entry.

This does not include the requirement for entry via an established point of entry with an appropriate Border Control Post (BCP); this will not come into force until July 2021.

From July 2021, importers will also need to meet the following requirement:

  • entry via an established point of entry with an appropriate Border Control Post (BCP), where goods may undergo identity and physical checks, if selected.

From 1 January, all equines will need to be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate (EHC); this will need to be secured by the exporter from the EU country of origin’s competent authority.

Those equines that represent a significant disease risk will be required to undertake pre-export blood testing and meet particular residency and isolation requirements, as part of this process. Full details will be provided in due course. 

Transporters will require Transporter Authorisation, driver/attendant Certificate of Competence, and a valid Vehicle Approval Certificate issued by the UK authorities. Applications for Journey Logs (where relevant) must be submitted to APHA for any journeys ending in or transiting through GB, ahead of the journey taking place. Documents issued by an EU Member State are no longer valid for use in GB.

From July 2021 all goods will need to enter GB via an established point of entry with an appropriate BCP, where the goods may be subject to identity and physical checks, if selected. The GB importer will also need to submit a pre-notification to the BCP via the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) in advance of the goods’ arrival.

Location of checks 

From July 2021 equines will need to enter GB via an established point of entry with an appropriate BCP in order for the animals to be checked. A list of current BCPs and the commodities they accept is available here.

The UK Government is currently exploring options to build more BCPs and to provide targeted support to ports to do so. Therefore, this list will likely change to include further sites. These changes will be made public in order for traders to prepare accordingly.

For more information, please see the latest version of the Border Operating Model.

BREXIT: GUIDANCE FOR EQUESTRIANS

Please read our guidance for equestrians intending to transport their horse between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021

 

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