Check exemption list before you start
Some types of animals can be exported without an AWEC. Check the exemptions list before you start.
Examples of animals that need an AWEC
You must apply to MPI to get an AWEC for non-exempt:
- cats and dogs
- day old poultry
- rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs, and water dragons.
You must also make sure all other export documentation needed to export live animals is complete.
Regulations relating to animal exports and animal welfare export certificates are in Part 3 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Exporters need to be familiar with the legislation.