New conditions for movement of pet animals
On 29 December 2014 the new regulation on movement of pet animals (dogs, cats, ferrets) within the European Union and imports from the third countries entered into force (Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Council and of the Parliament of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 of 28 June 2013 on the model identification documents for the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets, and the establishment of lists of territories and third countries and the format, layout and language requirements of the declarations attesting compliance with certain conditions provided for in Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council).
Compliance with requirements on the non-commercial imports of pet animals on the external border is controlled by customs officials. Customs officials provide for identity and document controls in respect of each animal.
The new requirements do not foresee significant changes in controls conducted by customs officials; however, they envisage more detailed requirements, new types of documents and additional accompanying documents.
Most important changes: