You need an export health certificate (EHC) to export live animals and animal products, including to Northern Ireland.

You can use this service to:

  • apply for an export health certificate

  • copy existing applications

  • apply for blocks of certificates

  • apply for multiple certificates in a single application

  • see the status of your application

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Before you start

You’ll need a Government Gateway account and a Defra account. If you do not have them, you’ll be guided to set them up when you use the service for the first time.

You can apply online for most exports. However, not every export health certificate is available to apply for using this service. Check the certificate you need is available.

If you’re in Northern Ireland, you’ll need to upload your application for DAERA.

Read the accessibility statement for this service.

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Published 18 August 2020

Last updated 7 November 2023
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  1. Updated to show that you need an export health certificate (EHC) to export live animals and animal products, including to Northern Ireland.

  2. Added a link to the accessibility statement for this service.

  3. Updated the content to show that an export health certificate (EHC) will be needed to export to the EU or move live animals or animal products to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.

  4. First published.

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