Exporting Live Animals

From the UK

Male Lavender Motley Super Sunfire Mainland Reticulated Python CB22

Due to Brexit, changes have been made to the way we move reptiles out of the UK.

Each animal that needs to leave the UK now needs to be exported from the UK and imported to the relevant country whilst being declared with its breeding history to show proof of F2 generation.

This can be a lengthy process, so we wanted to give you some information about the way it works, and the people you will need to contact in order to begin the process.

Company export policy

Our company policy states that in order for us to apply for your animal to be exported, we must receive the following:

  • At least 50% (non-refundable deposit) of the total price of the animal/s
  • £250 Administration fee
  • The date that the livestock would leave us

We request that all customers ensure they have the above in place before contacting us to ensure a smooth application process. Please note: we can hold livestock for 4-6 weeks in which time we will process your paperwork. Animals which are held for longer will incur boarding charges.

Exporting to the EU

We have previously exported live animals to the EU which is a relatively straight forward process. We would initially need to make an application to export the animal with UK authorities- This can take around 3-12 weeks to process just depending on how busy they are. Once we have received the export certificate via post we will give this to you and you will apply for the import certificate. 48 hours prior to transportation we will take your animal for its vet check to make sure it is fit to travel, we will require the vet fee following this and before your animal leaves us.

Price: £250 administration fee, £100 vet check- fit to travel ( to be paid to us) plus any additional courier costs (paid directly to the courier), tax payments or anything else required by the EU authorities

Read more on the Information and public services for the gov.uk website:

Transporting your animal

We are able to arrange flights to the EU at your selected airport providing they accept freight cargo. This is a consideration you will need to make in order to arrange transport or collection at the airport. All animals may need to be checked at the border control post in the relevant country.

There are other EU courier services that we can suggest during the process, or you are welcome to arrange your own courier.

The Pet Bus – we have used the Pet Bus before. A reliable fully licensed courier who can collect from us and deliver to you in EU. UK transport also available.

Exporting to Jersey

We have previously exported live animals to Jersey which is a relatively straight forward process. We would initially need to make an application to export the animal with UK authorities- This can take around 3-12 weeks to process just depending on how busy they are. Once we have received the export certificate via post we can then let the authorities in Jersey know about the expected import, arrange transportation (via courier below or your own transportation) and get vet checks 48 hours before traveling.

Price: £250 administration fee, £100 vet check- fit to travel ( to be paid to us) plus any additional courier costs (paid directly to the courier), tax payments or anything else required by the Jersey authorities.

Read more on the Information and public services for the Island of Jersey website:

Government of Jersey

Transporting your animal

You may choose to drive your animal over to Jersey or on the foot ferry yourself. We are able to have a courier to meet you at the UK port however we are unable to bring the animal over to you. Specialist courier to meet you on a specific time and date can be arranged, prices start at £250 depending on your itinerary.

Private jets are available which run from the UK- more of these can be found on Google: https://www.aircharter.co.uk/cargo-charter/animal-transportation-cargo

The Pet Bus – we have used the Pet Bus before. A reliable fully licensed courier who can collect from us and deliver to you in Jersey. EU and UK transport also available.

Exporting to Guernsey

Export to Guernsey is available, transport is also available via Pet Bus. Our pricing is the same, other fees may vary. For export/import process please contact us and see the States of Guernsey website for more information.

Exporting to the USA

We have previously exported to the USA which unfortunately can be a costly process when sending only 1 animal. Due to the fees and freight flight costs for an individual animal, the fees work out cheaper per animal for a larger shipment, however we are able to export singular animals.

The process includes applying for the export certificate and cites certificate (for certain species) fees are £250 for the application and £100 for the vet check, arranging air freight flights (Usually costing around £1000-£2000) and then clearing the animal at US customs. There may be additional fees to pay on the US side such as tax on the goods, along with additional applications or clearing protocols. For more information please see US Department of agriculture website:

For UK enquiries please see James and Cargo Services:

Unfortunately we are unable to give flight quotes until the paperwork has been completed and you have a set date in mind for when you would like to receive the shipment.

Exporting to anywhere else

We are always open to exporting anywhere in the world providing that clients are willing to cover the costs.

For more information or if you have questions about exporting or importing live animals, please contact us via email stating “export” as the subject: sales@blackpoolreptiles.co.uk or complete the enquiry form below.

Export Enquiry Form

Animal Export Enquiry