Now that the UK is no longer a member of the EU, it will be necessary to plan ahead if you wish to transport horses into the EU (including Republic of Ireland (ROI)) and Northern Ireland (NI).
The process for exporting horses from the UK to the EU (including the ROI) and NI with effect from 1st January 2021 has become much more complicated and you will need to start planning your export well in advance.
Horses are no longer able to travel on DOCOMs or under the TPA to France and Ireland and will require Export Health Certificates (EHCs), as they already do to travel to most other EU countries and the rest of the world. It is expected that all requirements for export to the EU will be reciprocated for horses being imported from the EU into the UK.
Since our last update, the EU has confirmed that they will recognise all UK studbooks. However, if your horse has a passport issued by a PIO which is NOT either the FEI or a recognised studbook, your horse will have to travel as an unregistered horse.
Further information about the requirements for exporting horses to the EU on either a temporary or permanent basis is available here.
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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