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Export and Import
The International Team administer 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, and therefore, before a horse can race or breed either in Great Britain or a foreign country, the correct documentation needs to have been completed and lodged with us.

Where 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 and, in some cases, 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 and, in some cases, for us to endorse the passport. If travelling from Great Britain by sea, an Animal Health Act Certificate may also be required.

Guidelines on what is required to Import or Export a horse are available here: Guidelines for Importing and Exporting (PDF).

If you wish to fax an application for Export to us please download the appropriate form. For individuals who are resident in the UK or who are EU residents but are not VAT registered please download the Export Application Form (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 Export Application Form (exc VAT) (PDF). Once completed please fax your application to us on 01933 304758.

Most recognised shippers will ensure the correct procedures are followed, but if you require any information on any aspect of imports or exports please contact 01933 440077 and ask for a member of the Stud Book International Team. You can email any queries to isbcexports@weatherbys.co.uk.

From 18th May 2014, DEFRA are changing the terms of the Tripartite Agreement, which affects the movement of horses between Great Britain, Ireland and France.  They have published the following two notices regarding these changes.
Information Notice Part 1   Information Notice Part 2

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