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Importation of 'Other' Live Animals

Other live animals

"Other" live animals are animals not covered in other EU legislation on animal health.

They include:

Pet animals are not covered by this legislation.

Import of "other" animals

Certain animal health requirements apply to non-EU countries before they import 'other' animals to the EU, and specific ones for the import of some species.

For most 'other' species, fully harmonised EU animal health requirements exist.

EU countries may establish animal health certificates according to national rules for the import of some species, if harmonised rules do not exist yet.

There is specific legislation on the animal health conditions in animal health certificates that accompany the animal during export.

EU legislation on imports of "other animals"

Key points of Directive 92/65/EEC

Veterinary checks of imports

Live animals entering the EU are inspected at Border Inspection Posts.

Official veterinarians examine the animal and its documentation to ensure they satisfy EU requirements.

If an animal enters the EU with an EU national certificate, it is that country that organises the veterinary check.

Decision 2009/821/EC - border inspection posts, inspection rules for veterinary experts

Exotic birds

Controls in non-EU countries exporting birds other than poultry to the EU prevent infected birds from entering the EU.

Regulation (EU) 139/2013 - import conditions for birds other than poultry.