Import of animals
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The conditions for import of live animals to the EU are laid down in European and national regulations and harmonised between Member States with a view to ensuring traceability and a certain level of safety against the transmission of diseases to humans or other animals when such movements start in third countries. At importation to the EU, any consignment of animals must be accompanied by a required health certificate in which the animal health requirements are validated by an official veterinarian in accordance with the relevant veterinary legislation. Animals may only be imported through border control posts where official veterinarians verify the compliance with the conditions for import into the EU.