30 Jan 2020

EQUINE MOVEMENTS – UPDATE FROM DEFRA

The following statement has been issued by DEFRA regarding the movement of equines during the process of leaving the European Union.

Equine movement 

The Government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill has now been agreed by Parliament and received Royal Assent, so we will now enter a transition period until 31st December 2020.

“During the transition period, you should continue to move equines in the same way as you do now (using all the current processes and systems in place) until the end of 2020 – there are no immediate changes to the process. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-horses-and-ponies-special-rules

“The arrangements after that date will depend on the outcome of our negotiations with the EU which will take place in the interim. 

“All of the relevant guidance will be available on GOV.UK throughout, and we will continue to engage with you at regular intervals to keep you informed of what you need to know and the actions that you will need to take. We are extremely grateful for your engagement so far.”

The Government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill has now been agreed by Parliament and received Royal Assent, so we will now enter a transition period until 31st December 2020.
During the transition period, you should continue to move equines in the same way as you do now (using all the current processes and systems in place) until the end of 2020 – there are no immediate changes to the process.

More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/export-horses-and-ponies-special-rules

The arrangements after that date will depend on the outcome of our negotiations with the EU which will take place in the interim.

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