Movement of equines between Ireland and the UK
The UK left the
EU on January 31, 2020. Under the terms of UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement the UK
entered into a Transition Period that ran until December 31, 2020 whereby the
UK essentially remained within the EU Customs Union and was subject to EU
customs legislation. Since January 1, 2021, there is a customs border between
the EU and Great Britain (“GB”) and goods including horses are subject to
custom duty and VAT obligations.
Since January 1, horses are no
longer able to move freely between Ireland and Britain, and through Britain.
There is extra certification needed to move horses and these movements can only
take place through a Border Inspection Post at which, at a minimum, there are
Officials from the Department of
Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will be hoping to do these
electronically to ensure physical inspections will be rare.
In essence, this now means that
there is an extra cost to your business through increased veterinary costs for
certifications, and the engaging of logistics companies to handle the
international travel and Customs requirements.
If moving horses for racing,
sales, or breeding purposes, you should be registered with DAFM and Revenue.
You should also be in communication with your private veterinary practitioner
in relation to the extra certification that is required, and you will also need
to understand who will carry out the various roles in the transporting of your
horses and the Customs duties that will be attached to it.
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