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Trade and Imports of Ovine & Caprine animals - Introduction

Under the terms of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, there is a clear difference between the definitions for trade and importation.

In relation to live animals :

  • intra-Union trade or " trade" refers solely to the movement of animals between EU Member States

  • Importation or " imports" refers solely to the introduction of animals into the Member States from third Countries outside the European Union