A revision of the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) for the movement of horses between the countries of the UK, Ireland and France comes into force on 18 May 2014.
Formerly any horse could travel freely to and from France from the UK with a valid horse passport (and no requirement for health papers). But in order to reduce the quantity of unmonitored horse movements and the potential for disease spread, this has now been revoked and certification of horse health will be required. This means that the UK is better protected from the import of horses of unknown origin and disease status.
The new TPA contains provision for horses entered in FEI competition in France (plus Thoroughbreds and certain others) to apply for a certificate called a DOCOM from an approved shipper to simplify the costs and administration for these horses. Movements for any other purpose or movements to any country other than France will need to obtain health papers in the usual way.
A DOCOM lasts for 10 days, for longer trips the relevant shipper in France will issue a return DOCOM. The DOCOM means that these “high health status” horses will still be exempt from obtaining and paying for health papers signed by a veterinarian. They are granted “high health status” because of their compliance with vaccination requirements and FEI veterinary regulations.
BEF has been authorised by Defra as an Approved TPA Body. This means that BEF in turn needs to approve the shippers to produce DOCOMs and that these shippers comply with the BEF’s Terms. Any company wishing to apply to become an approved shipper should contact the BEF office.
Make sure you don’t get caught out
In order not to run the risk of being turned back at the port, please make sure that you have a DOCOM or health papers for all horses moving to France from 18 May 2014.
More information can be found on the BEF website
British Equestrian Federation
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