Guidance on importing and exporting live animals or animal products

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


This collection of guidance specifically covers importing and exporting live animals or animal products.

There’s also specific guidance on pet travel: entering/returning to the UK.

Brexit guidance

Topical issues

Imports to the UK from non-EU countries

Exporting from the UK to all countries

  1. Export live animals
  2. Export livestock and poultry
  3. Export animal bones, protein and other by-products
  4. Export animal semen, ova and embryos
  5. Export food for animals
  6. Export food, drink and agricultural products

Moving goods or animals between EU countries

Balai Directive

Circus and animal acts

Endangered species

Non-native animals

  1. Importing non-native animals

Poultry Health Scheme

  1. Poultry Health Scheme: how to register
  2. Poultry Health Scheme: list of members

Animal pathogens

Artificial breeding controls

Welfare of animals in transport

Published 12 September 2014
Last updated 21 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added guidance on importing and exporting after the UK leaves the EU

  2. Removed message on flooding at Carlisle

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

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

  5. First published.