Animals

Intra-Union Trade

Intra-Union Trade


Conditions

In order to be subject to intra-Union trade, the following conditions must be met:

Registered establishments - dogs, cats and ferrets must come from holdings or businesses which are registered by the competent authority and are not subject to any ban on animal health grounds (including rabies), and which undertake to have these animals regularly examined, to notify possible disease and to comply with the requirements ensuring the welfare of the animals held (Directive 92/65/EEC).

Marking - dogs, cats and ferrets must be marked by the implantation of a transponder (see technical specifications in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013).

Vaccination against rabies - dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies by an authorised veterinarian in accordance with Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013, as follows:

  • the animal was at least 12 weeks old at the date the vaccine was administered
  • the date of administration of the vaccine does not precede the date of marking or reading of the transponder
  • the period of validity of the vaccination starts not less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol for the primary vaccination, and any subsequent vaccination was carried out within the period of validity of the preceding vaccination.

Parasite Echinococcus multilocularis - dogs must, prior to entering Finland, Ireland, Malta or the United Kingdom, or Norway, be treated against the parasite Echinococcus multilocularis in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1152/2011, as follows:

  • the treatment must be administered by a veterinarian within a period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled entry
  • the treatment must be certified by the administering veterinarian in the relevant section of the passport

Clinical examination - dogs, cats and ferrets must undergo within 48 hoursprior to the time of dispatch a clinical examination carried out by an authorised veterinarian, who must verify that the animals show no signs of diseases and are fit to be transported for the intended journey (in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport)

Passport - dogs, cats and ferrets must be individually accompanied by a passport (see model in Part 1 of Annex III to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013)

  • completed and issued by an authorised veterinarian
  • documenting the alpha-numeric code displayed by the transponder or the tattoo, the details of the vaccination against rabies, the details of the treatment against Echinococcus multilocularis, where applicable, and the clinical examination

Health certificate - dogs, cats and ferrets must be accompanied to the place of destination by a health certificate (model in Part 1 of Annex E to Directive 92/65/EEC as last amended by Commission Decision 2013/518/EU), issued by an official veterinarian of the Member State of dispatch, who:

  • states the veterinary registration number assigned to the holding or business of origin by the competent authority and the passport number of each animal of the consignment
  • attests that the clinical examination was carried out
  • notifies the movement to the competent authorities of destination through the Community Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).

Exceptions

Regarding the marking - Member States shall authorise the trade in dogs, cats and ferrets marked by a clearly readable tattoo if applied before 3 July 2011.

Regarding the vaccination against rabies:

  • Member States may authorise the trade in young dogs, cats and ferrets which are less than 12 weeks old and have not received an anti-rabies vaccination or are between 12 and 16 weeks old and have received an anti-rabies vaccination, but 21 days have not elapsed since the completion of the vaccination protocol for the primary vaccination against rabies carried out in accordance with the validity requirements set out in Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013.
  • In that case, the animals must be accompanied by either:
    • a declaration of the owner (see model set out in Part 1 of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 577/2013) attached to the health certificate stating that from birth until the time of dispatch, the animals have had no contact with wild animals of species susceptible to rabies, or
    • their mother on whom they still depend and from the passport of their mother it can be established that the mother received before their birth an anti-rabies vaccination which complied with the validity requirements set out in Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013.

Regarding the treatment against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis - Dogs traded directly between Finland, Ireland, Malta or the United Kingdom are exempted from the treatment against the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis.