Guidance on importing live animals or animal products

Collection of guidance for importing live animals and animal products.

The government and the EU have agreed the Windsor Framework. You should continue to use this guidance for now.  It will be updated in due course, giving you time to prepare for any changes.

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets

Read guidance if you’re:


Read guidance on exporting live animals or animal products.

Topical issues

Current issues relating to imports and exports of animals and animal products.

Welfare of animals in transport

Import under Balai rules

Balai rules apply to a group of animals not covered by other legislation.

Food, drink and composite products

Live animals, high-risk food and feed

Endangered species


Use these licences to import live animals or animal products.

Identifying imported livestock

Published 23 November 2022
Last updated 16 February 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Import eggs to Great Britain' guide.

  2. First published.