• An Irish-based trainer travelling a horse to run at a racemeeting in the UK.

    The UK Government have indicated that the import of equines from the EU into the UK will not change immediately after exit, as they are replicating current systems.  Irish horses will continue to  travel on their passport.  However, there will be customs implications and specific requirements when returning to the EU. 

    • The horse will have to be moved under a temporary admission (TA) procedure.
      • Security by means of a bond/ bank guarantee is required to use the TA procedure to secure the potential duty and VAT liability. This bond could be held by the owner of the horse or the person transporting the horse e.g. a shipping agent.
      • Duty and VAT will not be payable as long as the horse is re-imported within 24 months.
      • The horse will have to be accompanied by an original version of the appropriate veterinary certificate that has been completed in full and signed by an official veterinarian (OV) and conforms to the model laid down in European Legislation for equine animal health.
      • An Equine ID document (passport) issued by a Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) must also accompany the horse.
      • The transporter will need to be in possession of an authorisation in compliance with Regulation 1/2005, issued by an EU Member State.
      • The transporter will need to be in possession of a certificate of approval in relation to the specific transport vehicle, again issued by an EU Member State.
      • A horse re-entering Ireland from the UK may only enter Ireland through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP). 
      • The horse must be presented to Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) staff at the BIP for official controls.  These official controls may include documentary, identity and physical checks, including the taking of samples for laboratory testing.    
      • At least 24 hours before the physical arrival of the consignment in Ireland, the person responsible for the load must complete Part 1 of the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) in the EU Trade Control and Export System (TRACES).
      • Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CVED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination on the CVED.   


      Relevant Forms:

      Customs Declarations:

      Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED)

      This information is intended for guidance only.  If you are involved in exporting/importing horses between the EU and the UK, it is recommended that you take separate professional advice before making specific preparations.  

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