What you need to do to export animal semen, ova, and embryos (germplasm).
Some countries have import rules for certain goods. You can check by talking to your importer or getting help researching your export market.
There are different rules if you’re exporting germplasm from endangered animals.
Within the EU
To move germplasm within the EU, you must:
- apply for an Intra Trade Animal Health certificate (ITAHC)
- make sure your premises are approved
Apply for an ITAHC
- Nominate an official vet to inspect your germplasm. To find one, ask your local vet or email email@example.com.
- Register with the TRACES system if you’ve not used it before.
- Sign in to TRACES and fill in the details of the germplasm you’re exporting.
- Contact APHA (DAERA in Northern Ireland). Tell them that the ITAHC has been created and give them details of your official vet.
- APHA will send your EHC to your official vet within 7 working days of the date of export, or within one working day of receipt if you plan to export in the next 7 working days. If your official vet does not receive the certificate, contact the APHA Centre for International Trade Carlisle.
- Include the certificate when you export your consignment.
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Your ITAHC will be valid for 10 days after the inspection.
There’s no fee for the certificate but you’ll be charged for your vet’s time.
Get your premises approved
You need to make sure your premises are approved to export within the EU. This is the place you keep the semen, ova or embryos in the UK.
Contact the Centre for International Trade to arrange this.
Outside the EU
You will usually need to complete an export health certificate (EHC) and some supporting documents to be able to export germplasm.
The EHC is an official document that confirms your export meets the health requirements of the destination country.
Find out how to apply for an EHC on GOV.UK.
Germplasm from endangered animals
Use the Species+ tool to search for the animal that the germplasm came 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 its germplasm.
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 germplasm for scientific research or other non-commercial reasons.
Apply for an Article 10 certificate
Fill in FED1012 form.
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 within 15 working days.
Outside the EU
If it’s classed as Annex 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 form.
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).
APHA aims to process your application in 15 working days.
If you’re exporting as part of conservation work, you might be able to get a fee waiver through:
Fill in CITB20 form.