The wellbeing of your horse is our priority when shipping bloodstock on all of our ferry routes, so please read our guidance about paperwork and regulations relevant to bloodstock shipping, to ensure that we will be able to accept your horsebox on board.
When shipping bloodstock and horses on our routes the following rules apply:
We will only accept more than 6 horses in a vehicle if booked through a recognised Bloodstock agent, or if booked on a direct P&O Ferries account.
Transporting horses to France MUST be accompanied by either an Export Licence or an AHA certificate AND an equine passport.
Ponies must also be accompanied by a fitness to travel certificate or Health Certificate.
Horses and ponies travelling with a final destination to countries other than France MUST in addition be accompanied by a Health Certificate.
Horses or ponies travelling from France to the UK may travel on their equine passports only.
Horses or ponies starting their journey in any country other than France MUST be accompanied in addition by a Health Certificate.
Health Certificates are ONLY valid for 10 days from the date of vet’s signature (and can only be signed within 48 hrs of departure).
Horses and ponies may return to the originating country on the same health certificate providing it is within 10 days of the vet’s signature. (day 1 being the day it was signed)
The horse transportation information detailed above is for guidance only – the responsibility lies with the owner or agent to comply with British and European statutory regulations.
Further information about our bloodstock transport and horse shipping services can be obtained by contacting the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Please ensure all the relevant documents and paperwork are in order before using our horse transport services.
For arrival cut off times, please check with the relevant port before departure.