Guidance

Export animal bones, protein and other by-products: special rules

You must have a certificate to export animal bones, protein and other by-products.

You usually need to follow special rules to export animal bones, protein and other by-products.

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

There are different rules for animal products:

Some countries may 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 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 don’t 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 your consignment when you transport it.

Create your own commercial document

If your product doesn’t 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 will usually need to complete an export health certificate (EHC) and some supporting documents to be able to export an animal product.

There are some types of animal products you cannot export, or cases where you don’t need a certificate. If you cannot find the EHC you need, contact APHA.

To find out if you need an EHC and apply, follow these steps.

  1. The Export Health Certificate form finder helps you find and fill out the EHC and other supporting forms you will need to export your animal product. If you are exporting from Northern Ireland, contact your local DAERA office. Most EHCs will also have guidance documents that give information on how to fill out the certificate.

  2. Fill out the EHC and supporting forms and email them to the APHA address provided in the forms.

  3. In most cases you will need to nominate an official veterinarian (OV) to inspect your animal product and sign the certificate.

  4. APHA will send your EHC to your OV within 7 working days.

  5. The OV will check the animal product meets the health requirements of the destination country, complete the EHC and sign. The completed EHC will go with the product, and the OV will send a copy to APHA.

To find an OV you can:

There is no fee for processing the EHC but you will need to pay for the OV’s services.

Use the most up to date EHC

EHC’s are sometimes updated when export agreements are changed. So make sure you are using the latest version of a certificate. The EHC form finder will always have the latest version.

Out of date forms will be rejected and cause delays to your exports.

You can sign up for alerts on the form finder, so that you get an email when a form is updated.

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 can’t export the product.

Within the EU

If the animal is classed as B, C or D, you don’t 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 either:

Use the guidance notes (PDF, 606KB, 15 pages) to help you.

Email it to wildlife.licensing@apha.gsi.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)

The certificate costs £31.

You should get your certificate within 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 don’t need to do anything.

Apply for a CITES permit

Fill in either:

Use the guidance notes (PDF, 739KB, 13 pages) to help you. 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.

A permit costs £63 (or £37 to re-export). You should receive it 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 and means you don’t need to apply for permission each time you take your display items abroad.

To apply, fill in form FED0173 (PDF, 64.4KB, 2 pages)

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

You’ll get your certificate within 15 working days and there’s no fee.

Published 9 November 2016
Last updated 5 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. EHC list available
  2. Export Health Certificate list updated
  3. EHC List updated
  4. First published.