The Irish Government's Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine has released updated advice for horse movement through Great Britain beginning on New Year's Day, Horse Racing Ireland announced on Thursday. The new guidelines are intended for those transporting horses and the Trader Notice, which outlines procedures for export certification to Britain from Jan. 1, as well as information on movements to and from France and Northern Ireland, may be accessed here.
The new guidelines are summarized as follows for each equine exporter from Ireland to Great Britain:
- Register with DAFM.
- Register on TRACES.
- Contact DAFM Regional Veterinary Office (RVO) re. export health certificate (EHC)
- Arrange examination of equines by Private Veterinary Practitioner (PVP).
- Submit PVP certificate to RVO.
- Arrange for Great British-based importer to submit advance notification to UK Import system.
- Include the Unique Notification Number (UNN) issued by this system to the TRACES EHC consignment details
- Complete consignment details on TRACES and submit to RVO.
- Forward scan of completed, signed and stamped certificate via GB-based agent to GB import system.
- Ensure signed EHC accompanies horse to GB.
Finally, those moving horses should also register with Revenue and fulfil customs requirements around each horse movement. More details are available on HRI's updated Brexit Guidance from Dec. 18- www.hri.ie/Brexit. In addition, the Irish Government is extending the ban on travel from Britain until Jan. 6 and HRI also extends its advice that no Irish-trained horses or jockeys should travel to Britain for competition or vice-versa during this travel ban.