Traces for EU

TRACES, or Trade Control and Expert Systems, is a web-based veterinarian certification tool used by the EU for controlling the import and export of live animals and animal products from both outside of the European Union and within its territory. Its network falls under the responsibility of the European Commission.

Before travelling to the EU Puppies will need to be vet checked and wormed and micro chipped, to ensure that they are fit to travel and that they comply with the Pet Passporting scheme. They also have to be registered with TRACES. This information is kept online and sent to AHVLA (Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency) and Ministries, so that they are made aware of animals entering the EU. This is to reduce the risk of spreading disease.

As an exporter, Puppy Rescue Spain will have dealt with this and the relevant agencies will have been informed. Because your puppy is classed as an import and therefore has to comply with AHVLA and Ministry regulations. Our representative in Germany will notify your local office of each Puppies arrival and adopters details. It will be necessary to keep your puppy within the home environment for the first 48 hours after arrival, this is for their welfare and to minimise the risk of disease, if any, entering the Country. This is merely a precaution and as your puppy will have had all inoculations and a full health check before leaving Spain nothing to be concerned about.

When you collect your puppy from Transport drop off, you need to get the puppy back to your home address as soon as possible, I realise that it is tempting to walk your puppy, but as this is against Ministry rulings for the first 48 hours, the only exercise your puppy should receive this time is within your home and garden or on Base.

Although rare, you may receive a visit from the local agency offices. This is to check that the puppy is ok after its travel and to check that all the relevant paperwork is correct. I hope this information is helpful and aids the smooth transition of the arrival of your new adoptee.

Thanks, Diane

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