TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) is a web-based service for the application for, and issuing of, export health certificates for intra-community trade in live animals, their products and germplasm and certain other commodities.

Purpose of TRACES

TRACES notifies Member States of movements of live animals and their products into or through different territories of Member States.
TRACES will help Competent Authorities in each Member State to meet the needs of their traders and their EU animal and public health obligations.

EU Exports and TRACES

Exporters may wish to register their details on the TRACES system using the online registration procedure. A step-by-step guide to the registration procedure is available.

After registration, economic operators may apply to the issuing Divisional Veterinary Office (DVO) for an Intra-Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) via the TRACES website, by completing Part 1 of the ITAHC on-line, electronically signing it and then submitting it to the DVO.

Exporters who are not registered with TRACES can apply to the DVO for an ITAHC using the application form TRACES EXA.

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