Register cattle imported or moved into Great Britain
- British Cattle Movement Service
- Part of:
- Guidance on keeping cattle, bison and buffalo in Great Britain, Cattle identification and registration, and Import and export of farmed animals
- 6 May 2014
- Last updated:
- 28 March 2017, see all updates
- Applies to:
- England, Scotland, and Wales
When you import or move cattle, bison or buffalo into Great Britain you must register them within certain deadlines unless they are going straight to slaughter.
If an animal imported or moved into Great Britain moves directly to a slaughterhouse, you don’t need to apply for a GB passport.
If this isn’t the case, you must send the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) an application for a cattle passport with the required supporting documentation.
If you do not apply in time with the right supporting documentation, BCMS will apply its late application procedure and you may not be able to get passports for your animals.
You should receive your passport within 14 days of BCMS receiving the application. If you don’t, you must tell BCMS.
Get passports for cattle imported or moved into Great Britain
You can only apply by post and not online or by phone. This is because you’ll need to send paper documents to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS).
You must apply using form CPP16, ‘Animals moved into Great Britain: Application for Cattle Passports’. You can either:
download a copy of form CPP16 (PDF, 167KB, 2 pages)
- contact BCMS
- use the ‘Contact BCMS’ function on Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online
The information you must send with the form will vary according to where the animal is imported from.
Cattle moved into Great Britain from within the EU
Within 15 days of the animal arriving at your holding, send these documents to BCMS:
- completed form CPP16 or CPP16W
- any original EU passport that came with the animal
- an export health certificate
If you are moving the animal from Northern Ireland, the animal will arrive with a printout from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development database. You should send this instead of the original passport.
Cattle imported from outside the EU
Within 20 days of the animal leaving the border inspection post or before it leaves the holding of destination, you must remove any original ear tags and replace them with approved UK ear tags.
Within 15 days from the date the animal must be tagged you must apply for a passport by sending BCMS the completed form CPP16 or CPP16W and health certificate.
British Cattle Movement Service
BCMS helpline 0345 050 1234
Helpline for cattle keepers in Wales 0345 050 3456
Normal BCMS helpline opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, closed weekends and bank holidays. All calls charged at local rate.
Published: 6 May 2014
Updated: 28 March 2017
- Version 6 of the CPP16 added
- New version of application for cattle passports form (CPP16) published
- New version of Application for cattle passports form (CPP16) published
- First published.