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If you transport animals in connection with an economic activity over 65km (40 miles approximately) you must have a valid transporter authorisation.

UK animal transporter: application for type 2 authorisation (external link).

Type 1 animal transporter authorisations – change to renewal process

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is alerting animal transporters that the process for renewal of type 1 transporter authorisations has changed.

Type 1 transporter authorisations are required for those transporting animals, as part of an economic activity, on journeys over 65 km and up to 8 hours in duration. Transporters involved in economic activity include farmers, livestock and poultry hauliers, and those who move horses in connection with professional riding, livery and stabling.

From 1 October 2016, in order to comply with EU animal transport regulations, type 1 transporter authorisations will not renew automatically. Instead, animal transporters must submit an application for renewal of their type 1 authorisations.

Applications to renew animal transport authorisations should be submitted to APHA’s Welfare in Transport team by post, email or fax. Renewal application forms and information n how to obtain electronic copies of the renewal application are available at GOV.UK (external link).

Transporter authorisations are valid for 5 years, and a significant number were renewed in 2012. This means that a large number of authorisations are due for renewal in 2017 and transporters are urged to apply for renewal at the earliest possible opportunity, to ensure their continued authorisation. Transporters should check their current authorisation documents, which have the expiry dates printed on them. 

Transporters with queries about transporter authorisation renewals should contact APHA on 0300 303 8268.

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