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If you are planning to export a pony of 147 cms (14.2 hands) or less to Ireland for breeding, riding or exhibition, you will require an export pony licence.
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The Welsh Government has put in place various measures designed to ensure that imported animals and products of animal origin do not present unacceptable risks to public health, or to animals.

The Welsh Government works with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to implement import rules arising from the European Union (EU) and set national rules where no EU conditions are in place. International disease surveillance work enables the Welsh Government to take emergency safeguard action to restrict or ban imports from countries which have confirmed an outbreak of animal disease.

Checks (both physical and documentary) are carried out on all animals and animal products from non-EU countries in approved facilities at ports or airports. These are known as Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). EU legislation lays down the requirements for BIPs. They are inspected periodically by the European Commission (EC) to ensure they meet the required standard. Currently there are no BIPs in Wales.

This section of the website contains information on the import and export controls currently in place. Please click the links on the left of the page for information on the following topics:

  • Beef export requirements.
  • Circuses - The animal health movement controls for circuses moving between EU countries.
  • Customer information notes - The latest developments in international trade.
  • Declarations issued.
  • Importation of animal derived material for educational, research or museum purposes.
  • Pet travel rules.
  • Poultry compartmentalisation.

A review of controls on imports of animal products is published annually.  The review recognises that illegal imports can only be tackled successfully with a combined effort across all relevant government departments and enforcement agencies and by raising public awareness and understanding the risks. Please click on the link to the left of the screen to access the publication index for further background information.

Useful external links

Animal Health – International Trade Centre for Exports

Animal Health – International Trade Centre for Imports

DEFRA - International Trade

Department for Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland (DARDNI)