I have established a pedigree herd of Boer Goats using top genetics from Australia and wish to export animals/embryos and semen to third party countries.
How do I make contact with foreign government bodies and interested businesses?
Dear Mr Hall
Thanks for your question about exporting Boer Goats, their semen and embryos. We recommend you contact the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) for advice. UKECP is a Defra/industry partnership that liaises with the UK livestock and livestock products industries to establish export market priorities.
For assistance in identifying potential overseas customers, we recommend that in the first instance you speak to a UKTI Export Advisor. On filling in the form at the link below, a UKTI advisor will get back to you: http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/ukti/?utm_source=UKTIHomepage&utm_medium=GOVUK&utm_campaign=EIG
In order to export live animals, their semen or embryos or other animal products such as meat to outside the EU, the destination country will frequently require guarantees that the product complies with their sanitary (public health) and animal health rules. One means of assurance often used is the Export Health Certificate (EHC). This document, which accompanies the goods, is usually signed by a veterinarian acting on behalf of the Government. The EHC makes various assurances about the consignment and reflects the import requirements of the importing country at the time the certificate was agreed with them. The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) Specialist Service Centre for Exports in Carlisle is responsible for providing EHCs where these exist. AHVLA works on behalf of the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Scottish and Welsh Governments. Please contact the Agricultural Livestock and Germplasm Team at the AHVLA Specialist Service Centre for Exports to discuss which one to use:
Agricultural Livestock and Germplasm Team
01228 403600 (Option 2, then Option 1)
You can find a list of EHCs currently available (including for goats and their germplasm) at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-trade/files/Export-Health-Certificates-List.pdf