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Because the Dutch authorities follow the EU regulations and the French seem to make their own up ad hoc. Its not worth tge risk assuming that its legal to export from the Hook of Holland and legal to import into Harwich thats the way to go. Forget about Dover - Calais.
In the 15 years plus I have been travelling the Hoek to Harwich i have never seen anybody stopped or searched when boarding. On getting back to Harwich the thin UK customs post has the capacity to search about 4 motors per voyage. However, border force have stated that animal checks will be away from the usual place they pull people over to search. Seems if you have cites animals you declare them and you are diverted to another site where you may have to sit and wait hours until somebody turns up to check you out.

But from clarifications on Crimbo eve if you have pet/hobbyist non cites reptiles no notifications or health certificates are required for the moment ahead of full documented long-term policy being promised by July.
 

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Seems walkers have withdrawn from animal transport between the UK and EU/EU Ireland
from their website:

Latest update on livestock transport to/from the EU and Northern Ireland
After carefully studying the new Government guidelines in relation to the transport of live animals between the UK and Northern Ireland and the EU, it is with great sadness that Walkers European Express Services Ltd have decided with immediate effect to stop the EU and Northern Ireland transport of all small birds, all birds in the parrot and similar families, birds of prey and similar species as well as all reptiles, rabbits, rodents and fancy pigeons.

We are still working with our partners in the EU to try and find a solution to transport Racing Pigeons, but at this moment in time even that is not looking promising, but we will keep you updated when we have any more information to issue on this subject.

The EU regulation for the transport of racing pigeons which now needs to be followed is EU2013/139, which to sum up briefly brings into the equation VAT at 20% to be paid upfront (by the buyer), costs at customs, animal health certificates and costs by government vets, quarantine costs, tests (AI/NCD) costs, transportation costs (no more carton boxes, only aluminium baskets/crates allowed).

Delivery times now have to be 21 days or since birth present at the exporter’s premises and possibly 30 days official quarantine upon arrival in the UK at a registered and approved establishment.

The same quarantine rules would also apply to small birds, http://apha.defra.gov.uk/documents/bip/iin/cbtc2.pdf, says that captive birds imported into Great Britain must complete a minimum of 30 days quarantine in an approved quarantine facility or centre.

We estimate of these new regulations would increase your cost of transport at least 10 times the amount we were previously able to charge before the UK left the EU.

As you can now see these new rules make it extremely difficult for a small family business like ours to continue to transport livestock from the EU.

The animal’s welfare, as I’m sure you would all agree, is the main concern here and from a logistical perspective we would never want to endanger their health by being held up at customs checkpoint with the wrong paperwork or insufficient paperwork, therefore putting everyone under extreme pressure.

Our services in England, Scotland and Wales will still run as normal and let us take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their valued business, and we hope you continue using our company to transport your livestock in the future.
 

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Whilst this is a shame, it's not as if it happened overnight. All the quarantining etc is pretty much the same as it is for importing / transporting animals from other countries outside the EU. I think what's caught a lot of companies with the trousers down is that they hoped as part of the deal nothing much would change as far as border controls.

I also found out that a lot of EU based companies no longer want to trade with the UK as this new deal means they effectively have to keep seperate set of accounts for UK VAT as this is now chargeable at the time of purchase and then they have to claim it back from the UK government. Normal practice is to supply ex VAT and then the purchaser pays the VAT and duty at whatever rate is set in their country !
 

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So well and truly past transition and under new import conditions from the EU. Out of interest anybody dipped their toe in the water and tried organising an import. Also anybody still got herps stranded over in the EU from failing to meet the 31 december deadline?
 
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