UPDATE P&O Ferries have re-emphasised the importance of secure movement of horses by sea - Welfare guidance notes for horses and ponies.
This page is about the process of Application Forms and Advice for Export of Equines (Equestrian) to EU. It deals specifically with freight transport of horses.
The first thing to consider in the transportation of a horse is their Registration Status.
There are two type of registration status:
The first thing to do when planning to ship horse(s) is complete form (EXA31) - known as the International Trade Animal Health Certificate (TRACES) application. The links to download the forms you require are below:
This form must be completed and returned to the following address below or alternately emailed or faxed:
Centre for International Trade - Carlisle
Rosehill Industrial Estate
General enquiries email: EquineExportsCarlisle@apha.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 01228 403 600
Fax: 01228 591 900
If your horse or ponies are NON-REGISTERED, you may require a ROUTE PLAN. However, this depends on whether or not they are pets or travelling with a lesser ratio of one horse to one person. For example, two horses require two persons to travel with the horses to be exempt from a route plan. Contact Defra on 01228 403 600 (option 4) for more information.
Please bear aware that in the event you are returning to the UK within 10 days of the International Trade Animal Health Certificate (TRACES certificate) being signed, the certificate will cover you for re-entry into the UK.
The horse or pony will need to be re-licensed in your destination country, before your return. It is the responsibility of the exporter to make sure that all export requirements are met. Should you have any veterinary queries please contact your local veterinary surgeon.
For queries regarding the application form or health certificate please contact DEFRA.
If you have any other queries about transporting your horse on a freight ferry, please do not hesitate to contact our expert customer service team.