Imports, transits, exports and intra-Community movements in accordance with animal health and foodstuffs legislation; application for a permit

If you wish to import or transport through Germany animals, animal products or goods that may be carriers of infectious agents, you must apply for a permit.


For import, transit, and occasionally export and intra-Community movements of animals and animal products as well as goods that may be carriers of infectious agents, you need a permit.

This does not apply to animals and goods originating in a third country that are accompanied by a certificate and for which no permit is required.

A permit may not be issued if there is a risk of spreading animal diseases.

Products and products which may be confused with foodstuffs which do not comply with the laws in force in Germany, with the exception of

  • Foodstuffs intended exclusively for scientific purposes, for trade fairs, exhibitions or similar events,
  • food samples and specimens in small quantities,

may not be brought into the country. Their transit requires customs supervision.




The first point of contact is always the local official veterinarian. All imports from third countries must be made through a veterinary border inspection post at the first contact with an EU state.

The application can be made informally in writing, by fax or e-mail. If certificates according to specified models have to be enclosed, the official veterinarian can provide information on this.

All declarations for consignments of animal origin from third countries must be made in TRACES NT. TRACES-NT is a web application designed to achieve better control and traceability of animal transports and transports of animal products. TRACES-NT is based on personalized access. This means that every forwarding agent needs a user account (EU login) in TRACES-NT if he wants to work in TRACES-NT and create GGEDs. If not already existing, a corresponding access to the system has to be created.

Special notes

Intra-Community movement means movement between the Member States of the European Union.

Animals and goods are imported from third countries. These are countries that do not belong to the European Union.

Transit refers to imported consignments that are subsequently re-exported. Thus, they come from a third country and also go back to a third country.

Before each movement, import or transit, it should be clarified exactly which requirements must be met in order to prevent the animals or goods from being rejected at the border inspection post.


There are no deadlines to be observed when submitting the application itself. When handling trade, e.g. a transport of livestock, official notification obligations of partner veterinary authorities in other EU member states may occur, about which the official veterinarian will provide information.

Required documents

  • The documents vary depending on the individual case. Please contact the responsible office.

Online procedures


    The EU database TRACES-NT is used, among other things, to document imports of animals and products of animal and non-animal origin from third countries. To access TRACES-NT, an "EU login" is required. For this purpose, the entrepreneur must register once and will be activated by the competent authority.


  • The fees depend on the individual case and vary greatly. Check with the relevant authority if necessary.

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