The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is reminding all animal transporters to check the expiry date of their current transporter authorisation and to apply for a renewal if necessary.

Transporter authorisations, the APHA reminds, must be renewed every five years.

UK transporter authorisations are required for those transporting animals, as part of an economic activity, on journeys over 65km within, from, to and through Great Britain.

There are two types of transporter authroirsaiton; Type 1 (short journey) is required for journeys over 65km and up to eight hours in duration and Type 2 (long journey) is required for transporting journeys over eight hours.

In order to comply with current welfare transport regulations, animal transporters must submit an application to renew their authorisation.

Failure to do so, the APHA said, risks heavy penalties if transporters are found to be in operation without valid authorisation.

To apply or renew, transporters are urged to contact the APHA’s Welfare in Transport team.