At P&O Freight, we can help you ship horses across the seas smoothly and without delay. The wellbeing of your horses is a top priority for us and our highly-qualified on-board team will be available to care for your bloodstock throughout the journey. With over 180 years of experience in navigating the seas, you can rely on P&O Freight to transport bloodstock safely and without hassle between the UK, Ireland, and mainland Europe.

Check the requirements for bloodstock shipping below and find details on arrivals and departures.



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 to ensure that we will be able to accept your horsebox on board.

When shipping 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.

Horses travelling 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 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 can be obtained by contacting the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

For arrival cut off times, please check with the relevant port before departure.


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