Dogs, cats and ferrets for commercial purposes to the European Union and Northern Ireland: certificate 8454

Apply online for an export health certificate (EHC) to export dogs, cats and ferrets from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to the EU or move them to Northern Ireland for commercial purposes.

Apply for an export health certificate online

If you’re in England, Scotland or Wales, you must apply for an export health certificate (EHC) using the online service to export dogs, cats and ferrets to the EU or to move them to Northern Ireland.

If you’re in Northern Ireland, you do not need an EHC to export to the EU. Contact DAERA on 02877 442 060 to find out what you need to do.

New legislation was introduced for Third Country exports to the EU from 21 April 2021. Some new EHCs do not need to be used until 15 January 2022, at which time they will replace existing EU EHCs. Anyone exporting to the EU from 15 January 2022 will need to apply for this EHC in advance of the export. This EHC is available for use now, or at any point before 15 January 2022.

1. Check what you need for your export

Find out about the requirements for export in the guidance notes and specimen certificate.

2. Apply online

You’ll need:

  • a Government Gateway account
  • a Defra account

If you don’t already have them you’ll need to register for these accounts, and so will your official vet or inspector.

Start now

Registration takes around 5 minutes. Official vets and inspectors will also need to have their registration checked by APHA.

Register and sign in as an official vet or inspector.

Read the accessibility statement for this service.

Applying online means you can:

  • see the status of your applications
  • always use the latest version of the EHC
  • copy existing applications
  • apply for multiple certificates

Find out more

Stay up to date with any changes to EHCs by signing up for email alerts.

Find out about getting an EHC.

Find out about exporting live animals and animal products from 1 January 2021.

Help with your application

In England, Scotland and Wales, call APHA on 03000 200 301.

In Northern Ireland, call DAERA on 02877 442 060.

Find out about call charges.

Published 30 June 2021
Last updated 14 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Guidance notes updated

  2. Export Health Certificate (EHC) is now available in the EHC Online service.

  3. First published.