Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, under the transition period we have been able to continue to export horses to the EU in the same way that we have done for a number of years. However, after 1st January 2021 that will change.
In the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the process for exporting horses to the EU will become more complicated. There will be requirements for blood tests, identification documents and residency periods, which will all need to be certified by a suitably qualified Official Veterinarian (OV) who must sign the export health certificate (EHC). See more detailed information of what is required here.
Further details are available from the gov.uk website.
Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons currently has 26 OVs qualified for equine exports – 19 in Newmarket, 5 in Lambourn and 2 in Hertfordshire - and a dedicated Export Secretary, Claire Goodban, to assist with organising blood and other laboratory tests and the completion of health certificates and other documentation.
If you need further advice or help in organising the transport of horses to the EU or any other country, please contact Claire Goodban on 01638 663150, or by email.
Local shipping companies based in Newmarket, or that provide services to the Newmarket area, that will also be able to assist in the application for a health certificate include: BBA Shipping and Transport, IRT, Janah, Luck Greayer and Rapido Equine Transport and Shipping.
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