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.

The government has introduced new legislation to make changes to how the Northern Ireland Protocol will apply. You should continue to use the guidance below for now. It will be updated in due course, giving you time to prepare for any new requirements.


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

There is different guidance if you’re:

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 6 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Removed coronavirus (COVID-19) statement relating to email applications.

  2. Added links to importing composites and importing products of animal origin guides.

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

  4. Added coronavirus statement on sending applications by email.

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

  6. Removed message on flooding at Carlisle

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

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

  9. First published.