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Information of importing and exporting horses


Import & Export

Information for importing and exporting horses

Great Britain

The Weatherbys International Team administers the import and export of all Thoroughbreds in and out of Great Britain. 

The transfer of information between Stud Book Authorities is vital for the purpose of integrity. Before a horse can race or breed in Great Britain, or in another country, the correct documentation needs to have been completed and lodged with us.

The BHA Equine Anti-Doping Rules state that any horse permanently imported into Great Britain must have an Export Certificate filed with Weatherbys within 90 days of their arrival, in order to be eligible to race in Great Britain.  There are further requirements that must be met for an imported horse to be eligible to race in Great Britain. More detailed information is available on the British Horseracing Authority’s rules website here.

When a horse is being permanently imported into Great Britain, your shipper will need to apply to the country of export for the official Export Certificate to be lodged with Weatherbys.  It is also necessary for its passport to be endorsed. 

Similarly, where a horse is to be permanently exported from Great Britain, the shipper will need to apply for the Export Certificate to be sent from Weatherbys to the country of destination.  The application will include a set of veterinary markings and the passport will need to be endorsed. If travelling from Great Britain by sea, an Animal Health Act Certificate may also be required.
 
The administrative requirements for importing or exporting a horse are described in this document.
 
If you wish to fax an application for Export to us please download the appropriate form and send it to us on +44 (0)1933 304758. 
-    For individuals who are resident in the UK or the rest of the EU, but are not VAT registered please download the 
    - Permanent Export Application (inc VAT) (PDF) or 
    - Temporary Export Application (inc VAT) (PDF)
-    For individuals who are EU residents (excluding UK) and are VAT registered, or are resident in any Non EU country, please download the 
    - Permanent Export Application (exc VAT) (PDF) or 
    - Temporary Export Application (exc VAT) (PDF)
Once completed please fax your application to us on +44 (0)1933 304758.
 
In 2014, DEFRA changed the terms of the Tripartite Agreement (TPA), which affects the movement of horses between Great Britain, Ireland and France.  A Briefing Note has been produced which outlines the new requirements.
 
The following shipping agents have been approved by Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA)/Weatherbys to issue DOCOMs for TPA purposes:
-    Amy Weaver Racing, 
-    Ballinroe Transport, 
-    BBA Shipping and Transport Ltd, 
-    BBA Ireland Limited, 
-    B. R. & P. A. Tetley, 
-    C & C Horse Transport Ltd, 
-    Crimbourne Stud, 
-    D.G.S. Horse Transport Ltd, 
-    Emerald Bloodstock, 
-    Eric Gillie Ltd, 
-    Fernham Farm Ltd, 
-    Eye Spy My Ride, 
-    George Mullins Ltd, 
-    Horse France Ireland, 
-    IRT UK Ltd, 
-    Janah Management Company Ltd, 
-    Janet Savill International Horse Transport, 
-    John Hughes Racehorse Transport Ltd, 
-    John Parker International Ltd, 
-    Julie Magnus Racehorse Transport, 
-    Kaldon Limited (t/a Hatherden Horse Transport), 
-    Kelamer Horse Transport Ltd, 
-    Lambourn Racehorse Transport Limited, 
-    Luck Greayer Bloodstock Shipping Ltd, 
-    M.C. International Horse Transport, 
-    Mette Campbell Andenaes, 
-    Mr Barry Magnus Turner, 
-    Mr N. Petrovic,
-    Newsells Park Stud, 
-    Nigel Hardy Transport, 
-    Parkes International Transport Ltd, 
-    Peden Bloodstock UK, 
-    Peter Harper, 
-    Rapido Horse Services UK Ltd, 
-    RF Racing Ltd, 
-    Shelley Ashman International Shipping Ltd, 
-    STC Horse France, 
-    Surrey Horse Transport T/a L.J. Parrott International Horse Transport, 
-    The Equine Logistics Company Ltd, 
-    Wadacre Stud, 
-    Weyhill International Horse Transport Ltd, 
-    Yew Tree Horse Transport.

Shippers wishing to apply for Approved Shipper Status must comply with the requirements of the appropriate TPA Approved Body.  Those applicable to TBA/Weatherbys can be downloaded here.

Most recognised shippers will ensure the correct procedures are followed. If you require any further information on any aspect of importing or exporting, or have any queries, then please email Sue Bennett, or call +44 (0)1933 440077

 

Ireland

The Weatherbys International Team administers the import and export of all Thoroughbreds in and out of Ireland.

The transfer of information between Stud Book Authorities is vital for the purpose of integrity. Before a horse can race or breed the correct documentation needs to be completed and lodged with Weatherbys.

When a horse is being permanently imported into Ireland your shipper will need to apply to the country of export for the official Export Certificate to be lodged with Weatherbys. In some cases, it is necessary for the passport to be endorsed by the relevant stud book.  

Similarly, where a horse is to be permanently exported from Ireland the shipper will need to apply for the Export Certificate to be sent from Weatherbys to the country of destination and, in some cases, for us to also endorse the passport. If travelling from Ireland through Great Britain and travelling onwards by sea, an Animal Health Act Certificate may also be required.

The administrative requirements for importing or exporting a horse are described in this document - Guidelines for Importing and Exporting (PDF).

If you wish to apply for an export please download the appropriate form:

Once completed, please email your application to Annette Doyle or fax to +353 (0)45 879691.

In 2014, DAFM changed the terms of the Tripartite Agreement (TPA), which affects the movement of horses between Ireland, Great Britain and France.  In addition to a valid passport, a horse must be accompanied by either :

  • An official veterinary health certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine , or
  • A DOCOM Document issued by an approved Tripartite Body.


For further information on approved shipping agents, or for shippers who wish to apply for approval please contact either:

  • The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ITBA) –Thoroughbred Breeding Stock 
    • Phone:  +353 (0)45 877543  
    • Email: info@itba.ie 
  • The Turf Club –Thoroughbred Training or Racing
    • Phone: + 353 (0) 45 445600 
    • Email info@turfclub.ie 
  • Department of Agriculture Food and Marine
    • Phone: + 353 (0)1 6072000
    • Website: www.agriculture.gov.ie


Most recognised shippers will ensure the correct procedures are followed, but if you require information on any aspect of importing or exporting, please email  Annette Doyle or call +353 (0)45 879979.