Imports and exports

Border Inspection Posts (BIP)

Animals and animal products from countries outside the EU must be imported via an approved Border Inspection Posts (BIPs), where they undergo veterinary checks before they are allowed to enter the EU.

See the Border Inspection Posts (BIP) pages for further information.

This includes the Import Information Notes which are technical documents containing import requirements, and are for use by veterinary staff at Border Inspection Posts.


TRACES is a web-based service for the application for, and issuing of, Intra Trade Animal Health Certificates (ITAHCs) and Common Veterinary Entry Documents (CVEDs) for intra-Community trade in live animals, their products and germplasm. TRACES is the system used for notifying Member States of movements of live animals, germplasm and certain other commodities into or through their territories.

See the TRACES pages for further information.