General certificates

General export certificates for live animals, semen, embryos, hatching eggs and ovocytes

All exports of live animals, semen, embryos, hatching eggs and oocytes must be accompanied with a certificate which details the health requirements of the third country. Since live animals and germinal products are considered as a high risk commodity, bilateral certificates are often developed for this kind of trade. If a bilateral certificate exists for that product-country combination, trade will only be possible with that bilateral certificate.

Nevertheless in order to facilitate exports to third countries, the FASFC has developed general certificates for different products. The health conditions specified in general certificates are based on European legislation.

If there is no country-specific certificate model, a non-negotiated country-specific certificate or no specific requirements under "Certificates and company lists by country", this means that the FASFC is not aware of the requirements of this third country for the certification of the products in question. Where applicable, the general certificate may be issued at the exporter's risk. The operator must always verify that the certificate model that will be used complies with the requirements of the competent government of the third country of destination. For this purpose, the Belgian operator may contact the competent authority of the third country, for example via his potential customer or regional export promotion organisations. If the third country of destination has more specific requirements, the operator must submit it to the certifying agent so that a country-specific certificate can be drawn up.

Moreover, the general certificates are provided with a box in which additional declarations can be added, as long as proof can be demonstrated that these are indeed required by the competent authority of the third country of destination.

The general certificate for the export of live animals is made up of two parts:

  • Part 1 includes information relating to the identity of the parties involved and the animals concerned in the shipment;
  • Part 2 includes information relating to the health declarations.

 

General certificates

Standard preface for the certificates for the export of live animals

Certificate: EX VTL AA xx xx.pdf - (28/02/2018)

Standard preface for the certificates for the export of hatching eggs/semen/oocytes/embryos

Certificate: EX VTL AA xx xx_1.pdf - (28/02/2018)

Hatching eggs

Certificate: EX VTL AA 01 03_0.pdf - (17/05/2017)

Day-old chicks other than of ratites

Certificate: EX VTL AA 02 03.pdf - (10/05/2017)

Porcine semen

Certificate: Certificate temporarily suspended.txt - (30/10/2013)

Bovine semen collected in Belgium

Certificate: EX VTL AA 4a 01.pdf - (13/07/2013)

Bovine semen collected in a EU member state

Certificate: EX VTL AA 4b 01.pdf - (13/07/2013)

Domestic pigs for breeding and/or production

Certificate: Certificate temporarily suspended_0.txt - (12/06/2013)

Domestic pigs for slaughter

Certificate: Certificate temporarily suspended_1.txt - (12/06/2013)

Ovine and caprine semen

Certificate: EX VTL AA 07 02.pdf - (21/02/2014)

Equidae

Certificate: EX VTL AA 08 01.pdf - (23/05/2013)

Equine semen after 31-08-2010

Certificate: EX VTL AA 9a 01.pdf - (23/05/2013)

Equine semen before 01-09-2010

Certificate: EX VTL AA 9b 01.pdf - (23/05/2013)

Breeding or productive poultry other than ratites

Certificate: EX VTL AA 10 02.pdf - (10/05/2017)

Bovine animals for slaughter

Certificate: Certificate temporarily suspended_2.txt - (03/10/2013)

Bovine animals for breeding/production

Certificate: Certificate temporarily suspended_3.txt - (20/01/2015)

Equine ova/embryos

Certificate: EX VTL AA 13 01.pdf - (06/02/2014)

In vitro-produced bovine embryos

Certificate: EX VTL AA 14 01.pdf - (17/12/2013)

In vivo-derived bovine embryos

Certificate: EX VTL AA 15 01.pdf - (06/02/2014)

Ovine and caprine ova/embryos

Certificate: EX VTL AA 16 01.pdf - (21/02/2014)

Dogs and cats

Certificate: EX VTL AA 17 02.pdf - (22/03/2019)

Birds other than poultry

Certificate: EX VTL AA 18 01.pdf - (15/02/2017)

Not harmonized animals

Certificate: EX VTL AA 19 01.pdf - (31/05/2017)
Last updated: 04/10/2019