You can apply to export live animals including horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and hatching eggs following the instructions below. Here you will find guidance and templates to help you make your application.

Before you start

Exporting to Great Britain (cattle and sheep only)

If you are exporting cattle or sheep to Great Britain (GB) you should make your application to your Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) and they will progress this export for you.

If you are exporting pigs you should make your application online (see section below).

There is also animal specific guidance available via the link below:

Exporting to a European Union (EU) Member State

Exports of live animals to the EU are presently progressed through the TRACES system. 

If you are exporting cattle or sheep you should make your application to your Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) and they will progress this export for you.

If you are exporting any other live animal you can make an application for an Intra Trade Animal Health Certificate ITAHC via the TRACES system.  To do this please follow the steps below:

  1. Register with the TRACES system if you’ve not used it before.
  2. Sign in to TRACES and fill in the details of the live animals you’re exporting.
  3. Contact your local DAERA office to advise them that the ITAHC has been created and give them details of your AVI.
  4. Your certificate will be sent to your AVI who will make arrangements to inspect and complete the ITAHC.  

Alternatively complete the TRACES application form and submit it to your local DAERA office. 

There is also animal specific guidance available via these links:

Exporting to GB and countries outside the EU

In order to begin your application on the DAERA Export Certification Online system (DECOL) you will need to have completed the export health certificate (EHC) application and have any supporting documents ready for upload.

You can obtain the EHC application via the Defra form finder.  Guidance on using the tool is available in the DECOL exporter’s instructions at the link below:

If you need digital help to complete an application for an Export Health Certificate (EHC) for live animals and animal products please contact your regional DAERA Direct Office for assistance.

If there is insufficient space on the EHC application to record full product details you need to complete a schedule and submit this with your application.   The schedule and instructions for completion are available using the link below:

Exporters should review the Notes for Guidance for each certificate (available via the Defra Form Finder) to ascertain if import permits or importing authority approvals are also required.  Where they are these should be obtained from the importing authorities prior to applying for an EHC and uploaded along with all other application documents via DECOL.

Exporters should complete a nominate Authorised Veterinary Inspector (AVI) template and submit this with their application.  All export documentation will be issued directly to the nominated AVI once we have processed the application.

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