Guidance

Apply for an export health certificate

Exporters in England, Scotland and Wales: register or sign in to EHC online to apply for an export health certificate.

You need an export health certificate (EHC) to export live animals and animal products to countries outside the EU.

From 1 January 2021, you’ll need an EHC to export to the EU. You’ll also need an EHC to move live animals and animal products to Northern Ireland.

You can use this service to:

  • apply for an export health certificate

  • copy existing applications

  • apply for blocks of certificates

  • apply for multiple certificates in a single application

  • see the status of your application

If you’re an official vet or inspector, there’s a different service to certify an export health certificate.

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Before you start

You’ll need a Government Gateway account and a Defra account. If you do not have them, you’ll be guided to set them up when you use the service for the first time.

You can apply online for most exports. However, not every export health certificate is available to apply for using this service. Check the certificate you need is available.

If you’re in Northern Ireland, you’ll need to upload your application for DAERA.

Read the accessibility statement for this service.

Published 18 August 2020
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the accessibility statement for this service.

  2. Updated the content to show that an export health certificate (EHC) will be needed to export to the EU or move live animals or animal products to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.

  3. First published.