Guidance

Export animal bones, protein and other by-products

What you need to do to export animal bones, protein and other by-products.

You must follow these rules to export animal bones, protein and other by-products not intended for human consumption.

There are different rules for animal products:

Some countries have import rules for certain goods. You can check by talking to your importer or getting help researching your export market.

Within the EU

You’ll need an export health certificate from 1 January 2021 to:

  • export animal bones, protein and other by-products from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to the EU
  • move animal bones, protein and other by-products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland
  • transit through the EU and Northern Ireland

You’ll no longer be able to use TRACES.

If you’re in Northern Ireland, you will not need an EHC to export to the EU. Contact DAERA on 02877 442 060 to find out what you need to do.

Find out more about moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.

Read guidance on what you’ll need to do.

You need a commercial document to move animal by-products within the EU.

You must use TRACES to create it if you’re moving:

  • category 1 or category 2 animal by-products - including meat and bone meal (MBM) or animal fat derived from them
  • processed animal proteins (PAPs) from category 3

Otherwise, you can create your own commercial document.

If you do not know your by-product’s category, you can check animal by-product classifications. Contact APHA if you need help.

Create a TRACES commercial document

  1. Register with the TRACES system.
  2. Sign in to TRACES and fill in the details of the animal by-products (ABP) that you’re exporting.
  3. Print your commercial document and sign it.
  4. Attach the document to your consignment when you transport it.

Create your own commercial document

If your product does not need to be entered in TRACES, you can create your own commercial document. Include details of:

  • the animal by-products in your consignment
  • your contact information
  • the business or person you’re sending your goods to

Follow the rules for record keeping and labelling.

Outside the EU

You must complete an export health certificate (EHC) and some supporting documents to be able to export an animal product.

It’s an official document that confirms your export meets the health requirements of the destination country.

Find out how to apply for an EHC and download the forms.

Transporting animal by-products

Follow the rules for transporting animal by-products.

Endangered animals

Use the Species+ tool to search for the animal your by-product is from. Check which annex (A, B, C or D) it’s classified as under EU wildlife trade regulations.

What you need to do depends on whether you’re exporting within the EU or outside the EU.

If Species+ says the animal is banned, you cannot export the product.

Within the EU

If the animal is classed as B, C or D, you do not need to do anything.

If it’s classed as Annex A, you must apply for an Article 10 certificate unless you’re exporting:

  • skin from crocodylia bred in captivity for commercial purposes
  • for non-commercial reasons like scientific research

Apply for an Article 10 certificate

Fill in FED1012 form.

Email it to wildlife.licensing@apha.gov.uk or post it to the Centre for International Trade Bristol.

Include any supporting documents that show you acquired the product legally, for example:

  • a copy of the import permit
  • a previous Article 10 certificate (use the yellow copy)

It costs £31 to apply.

APHA aims to process your application in 15 working days.

Outside the EU

If it’s classed as A, B or C, you need a CITES export permit.

If it’s classed as D, check the animal’s CITES listing in the Species+ tool. If it’s in Appendix III, you’ll need a CITES export permit. Otherwise, you do not need to do anything.

Apply for a CITES permit

Fill in FED0172.

If you’re re-exporting goods include a CITES import permit to prove it legally entered the EU.

Email or post the completed form to the Centre for International Trade Bristol.

It costs £63 to apply (or £37 to re-export).

APHA aims to process your application within 15 working days.

Regular exports for public exhibition

If you regularly take goods abroad for a short period of time for public exhibitions, check if you could use a travelling exhibition certificate (PDF, 2.71MB, 208 pages) instead of a CITES permit. You can use the certificate whether you’re moving goods within or outside the EU.

You can add multiple specimen types in one application if needed.

It’s valid for 3 years, which means you do not need to apply for permission each time you take your display items abroad.

To apply, fill in FED0173 form.

Post or email the completed form to APHA Centre for International Trade Bristol.

It costs £74 to apply.

APHA aims to process your application in 15 working days.

Published 9 November 2016
Last updated 19 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added note to explain the change in export process from 1 Jan 2021.

  2. Update to fee for travelling exhibition certificates, plus updated links on what to do in a no deal Brexit.

  3. Added information for exporters about how to get an export health certificate if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

  4. EHC list available

  5. Export Health Certificate list updated

  6. EHC List updated

  7. First published.