Ship your livestock safely across the Channel or Irish Sea (Larne - Cairnryan route) with P&O Freight. Animal welfare is always at the forefront of what we do, and in keeping with our animal welfare policy, we reserve the right to refuse any shipment of livestock if we have any concerns whatsoever, or deem the shipment to be in violation of animal rights.
We will not import/export any livestock intended for fattening or slaughter other than on our Larne/Cairnryan route where the livestock is to remain within the United Kingdom. If customers wish to ship cattle, pigs or sheep, they must book via the relevant national associations. These livestock must be transported according to Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) livestock transport regulations and requirements, and accompanied by the correct DEFRA documentation, clearly showing the animals are being shipped for breeding purposes. A surcharge is applied to livestock movements.
Customer have to contact the relevant national association for pricing details as follows:
National Beef Association
Tel: +44 1434 601005
National Beef Association Website
National Pig Association
Tel: +44 2476 858780
National Pig Association Website
National Sheep Association
Tel: +44 1684 892661
National Sheep Association Website
Please note that the term ‘livestock’ also includes any animal that is shipped in large quantity as a commodity; this may include llamas, rabbits, insects, fish etc. Should customers wish to ship other livestock, they can book their livestock shipping directly through us to get the best quote for livestock shipping rates. We will also charge a 25% surcharge and require 24 hours’ notice with relevant paperwork provided in advance.
We will only carry live poultry if the shipper is endorsed by, or a direct member of, either the British Poultry Council (BPC), or European Live Poultry and Hatching Egg Association (ELPHA). Poultry includes chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys.
We will not carry game birds, or rescue animals under any circumstances.
Live animals will only be carried if Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the Protection of Animals During Transport is strictly adhered to. We reserve the right to refuse any shipment that we deem to be in violation of any of the guidelines stated within these regulations.