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Transport of live animals

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you transport live vertebrate animals, you are required to comply with the statutory regulations. These are contained in the European transport regulation and in national regulations. These regulations particularly apply to carriers, livestock farmers and collection centres.

Carrier’s licence

If you are transporting vertebrate animals over a distance of more than 65 kilometres, you must obtain a carrier’s licence from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit - NVWA). The duration of the transport journey determines what type of carrier’s licenceExternal link (in Dutch) you will need. Every driver and handler must have a valid certificate.

Vehicle certification

If your transport takes longer than 8 hours, your vehicle must be inspectedExternal link (in Dutch) by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). You will obtain a certificate (VLD) once your vehicle meets the requirements.

Cattle transport documentation

If you transport cattle, sheep, lambs, goats or horses, you will need a cattle transport document. This document must be carried on the vehicle during the transport. When transporting sheep and goats you will need an I&R (identification and registration) transport documentExternal link (DR Help desk).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO