Information : Live Exports

 

Live exports both to other EU Member States and to 3rd countries are a vital component of Ireland’s livestock industry and play an important role in ensuring competition in the market place by providing an alternative market outlet for farmers. 

The ongoing search for new, non-EU markets is a priority.  The role of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is to create the conditions in which live exporters can secure contracts.  This involves agreeing on sanitary conditions with non-EU countries under terms as favourable as possible for Irish exporters, in keeping with the country’s own requirements.

The Department continues to ensure live exports take place with due regard for the welfare of all animals exported.

Value of live exports as a percentage of total agri-food exports

 Exports 2013 2014 2015 2016
 Value of exports of live animals (€ million)  432  399  430  339
 Value of live animal exports  as a % of total agri-food exports  4.1%  3.5%  3.6%  2.8%

 

 

 

(Source: CSO Agri-Food statistics)

The main livestock animals exported from Ireland are cattle and sheep. 

This is a list of non-EU countries with which DAFM has agreed export health certificates.  

 CATTLE SHEEP GOATS PIGS
  Algeria   Libya   Singapore   Armenia
  Egypt   Singapore     Belarus
  Kazakhstan       China
  Lebanon       Kenya
  Libya       Malaysia
  Montenegro       South Korea
  Morocco       Ukraine
  Russia      
  Serbia      
  Tunisia      
  Turkey      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

HORSES (not for slaughter)

  Argentina   Korea
  Australia   Libya
  Bahrain   Malaysia
  Brazil   Qatar
  Canada   Saudi Arabia
  Chile    Singapore
  China   South Africa
  Hong Kong   Turkey
  India   UAE
  Japan  

  

If you wish to export horses (not for slaughter) to a non-EU country with whom Ireland has not yet agreed a health certificate

  • Contact the country of destination and request their conditions for the export of horses to their jurisdiction.
  • Forward these conditions these conditions to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at horseexports@agriculture.gov.ie.  

General requirements will include that the animals are clearly identifiable, undergo a veterinary inspection, and are fit to travel.  The animals must also fulfil the criteria set out in the official health certificate for the destination country. 

The destination country will advise on specific rules on the herds of origin, history of the animals, specific tests and health status which apply at the time of export. 

Detailed information on animal identification and movement can be found here.

 

Country Specific Pages 

EU Member States (except UK and France) 

There is free movement of animals between EU Member States, subject to compliance with EU trade legislation.  See below for specific requirements for individual species of animal. 

Live Cattle

The animals must be properly identified, undergo a veterinary inspection, be fit to travel, and be accompanied by an Intra-Community Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC), issued under the EU TRACES system by the Department. 

Cattle are usually exported from approved assembly centres and must complete a 30-day residency period on a holding and a TB test prior to export.   A list of assembly centres can be found here

Trade in cattle with certain EU Member States is subject to additional guarantees in relation to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR).  Please click here for further information.

 

Live pigs, sheep and goats

The animals must be properly identified, undergo a veterinary inspection, and be fit to travel.  The animals must also be accompanied by an Intra-Community Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) issued under the EU TRACES system by the Department. 

If you have any questions, please contact your local DVO.

 

Live horses to other EU countries (except UK and France)

The animals must be fit to travel; be microchipped, be accompanied by a valid passport issued by an approved passport-issuing body and by an Intra-Community Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) issued under the EU TRACES system by the Department. 

If you have questions, please contact horseexports@agriculture.gov.ie.