The European Union (EU) has agreed that the UK meets the requirements to be classed as a Group A Third Country when we leave the EU. DEFRA has confirmed that the new requirements for transporting horses to the EU will come into effect on 31st October. If you are planning to send horses to the EU either temporarily or permanently after this time, please be aware that the export requirements will be changing.
Horses will need to have blood samples taken at least one week before export and these samples must be tested at the Ministry Laboratory, AHPA Weybridge, Addlestone.The horse will have to meet specific isolation and residency requirements, including veterinary supervision for at least 90 days. The blood samples and supervision of the yard can be carried out by your veterinary surgeon, but all paperwork, including all health certificates, must be completed by a fully qualified Official Veterinarian (OV).
Further details are available from DEFRA, where you can also access information on how to apply for a health certificate.
Rossdales currently has 21 vets who are fully qualified OVs (17 in Newmarket, 2 in Lambourn and 2 in Hertfordshire), together with a dedicated Export Secretary, Claire Goodban, to assist with completing any health certificates that may be required.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local shipping companies based in Newmarket who 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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