Guidance on importing and exporting live animals or animal products

Collection of guidance and forms for importing, exporting and moving live animals and animal products.


This collection of guidance covers importing, exporting and moving live animals and animal products.

There is different guidance if you’re:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): send applications by email

If possible, you should send any applications by email as staff may not be able to collect post during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please apply in advance to avoid delay - the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is dealing with a high volume of applications.

Topical issues

Imports or moves to the UK from all countries

Exports or moves from the UK to all countries

Moving goods or animals between EU countries

Balai rules

Endangered species

Non-native animals

Poultry Health Scheme

Animal pathogens

Artificial breeding controls

Welfare of animals in transport

Identifying livestock, including identifying for export

Published 12 September 2014
Last updated 16 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added links to importing composites and importing products of animal origin guides.

  2. Added new group with content on identifying livestock, including for export.

  3. Added coronavirus statement on sending applications by email.

  4. Added guidance on importing and exporting after the UK leaves the EU

  5. Removed message on flooding at Carlisle

  6. Added link to new guidance on importing non-native animals

  7. Added links to new guides on general imports licences and authorisations, and topical issues.

  8. First published.