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Movement of Equines from Ireland to UK

Movements of Equines from Ireland to UK
Movement of Equines from Ireland to UK


The UK formally left the EU on 31st December 2020. Effective 1st January 2021, the UK it is now classified as a third county from the EU’s perspective. As a result, the way breeders transport thoroughbreds from Ireland to UK and beyond has changed significantly.

Additional paperwork and transportation arrangements are now required to move thoroughbreds from Ireland to the UK.

These changes take in all aspects of movements from Department of Agriculture and Department of Revenue requirements; to Veterinary and Transportations requirements. The requirements can be broken down to a number of overarching tasks.

When embarking on any movements of thoroughbreds to the UK (and indeed beyond) ITBA strongly encourage breeders to make themselves familiar with the new requirements, which can be found on the DAFM and Revenue Department's website.

Breeders should consult and work with their veterinary practitioner, appointed transporter and where necessary their accountant.

Breeders must ensure all paperwork is completed. We would recommend that they obtain an all-in cost of the movement, before any stock leaves the stud farm for the UK, irrespective of the nature of the journey.

As always, the ITBA Team is just a phone call away - 045 877543 should breeders needed assistance or support when moving TB stock.

The information above may be subject to change. Below is a ist of relevant links.


Here is the link to the relevant section of DAFM’s website, which contains all the necessary requirements

EORI Number:

In addition, it will be necessary to register for an Economic Operators' Registration and Identification (EORI) number. Here is a link to the site.

TRACES System:

In terms of key elements of requirements, all stud farms (premises) must be registered with the EU wide Traces system. Here is a link to the site

Trader Notice – Export of Equines

Here is a link to DAFM, Animal Health Division Doc. AHD_TN 02.2020 Trader Notice Export re Equine Animals from Ireland to the United Kingdom

Regional Veterinary Officers (RVO)

RVO contact details regarding Intra-Community Movement of Equines;

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