“Control of movements of dogs and cats, i.e. intra-Union trade, imports and non-commercial movements ” - 2013/2016 - CHAFEA N°2012 96 02 (WP4)

fnaoContract N°CHAFEA N°2012 96 02

In the framework of the “Better Training for Safer Food” Initiative (BTSF) of the Directorate-General for Health and Food safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE), AETS and its partners (JVLc) organised and implemented 10 training sessions on Control of movements of dogs and cats, i.e. intra-Union trade, imports and non-commercial movements (WP4) from 2013 to 2016 as part of the project “Movement and Import Controls of Feed, Food and Animals Mainly for EU Member States” (Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, Contract  N. 2012 96 02).


10 3-days training sessions were organised in four EU Member States (Croatia, Italy, Spain and UK). Each training included a mix of theoretical and practical sessions. Study visits to Border Inspection Posts and Travellers Points of Entry were also organised in order to give to the participants practical examples of official checks on import, trade-in and non-commercial movements of dogs and cats.

  • Number of events during the project: 10
  • Seminar duration: 3 days
  • Regional coverage: EU MS, CC, selected non-EU countries


This project covered the controls on import, trade-in and non-commercial movements of dogs and cats from Third Countries and within EU.

In June 2013, a new set of EU legislation on non-commercial movements of pet animals and on animal health requirements on intra-Union trade and imports of dogs, cats and ferrets has been issued (Regulations EU 576/2013 and 577/2013; Directive 2013/31/EU). The aim of this project was to train a high number of competent authorities’ staff in order to further improve the understanding and the harmonisation of the implementation of EU legislation on the above-mentioned subjects.

The training covered the following topics:

v The role of the EU-approved rabies serology laboratories;

v EU legislation and controls on trade-in and pet movements within the EU;

v EU legislation on import and on non-commercial movements of dogs and cats from Third Countries;

v The controls at Border Inspection Posts and at Traveller Points of Entry;

v Best practices in communication and cooperation between competent authorities and other stakeholders;

v Best practices in detecting the illegal movements.



At the end of the program participants gained more knowledge on the relevant EU legislation on trade-in, import and commercial movements of dogs and cats, the implementation of official controls at Border Inspections Posts and at travellers Points of Entry, the best practices in detecting the illegal movements.

The training comprised presentations/discussion sessions and working group activities on real case studies.

In each training session, a study visit was organised to a BIP and to a TPE. The participants observed official veterinarians and customs’ officers performing the checks on dogs and cats and discussed with them about the difficulties that they might face during their activity.


Support provided by the project

The project supported 300 participants from

-       27 Member States

-       5 Candidate countries

-       2 EFTA/EEA countries and

-       8 ENP/Third countries

The project supported travel in economy class by train, car, flight and airport transfers. It supported catering expenses (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks) and accommodation in single occupancy.

A training kit including folder with support presentations, notebook, pen, and a memory stick was delivered at the beginning of the session and a certificate and a group photo were offered at the end of the meeting to each participant.


Consortium Partners

  • Leader: AETS
  • Partners: JVLc

Technical Partners : N/A

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