If you want to transport animals, you need a permit.

For the implementation of commercial animal transport, the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport ("EU Animal Welfare Transport Regulation") and the national Animal Welfare Transport Ordinance of 11 February 2009 must be observed in particular. The regulations regulate the handling of the animals during loading, the space requirements and the securing of the care of the animals during transport or the duration of transport.

Every animal transport represents a burden for the animals to be transported. This applies in particular if the usual supply times are exceeded. The aim must therefore be to prepare the animals individually for transport and to adapt the duration of transport to the needs of the animals.

Anyone transporting animals requires authorisation as a transporter and must be adequately trained or qualified. Persons transporting farm animals by road vehicle over a distance of more than 65 km also need a certificate of competence.


It must be clarified with the competent veterinary authority which further legislation is to be complied with for the planned transport. This depends on numerous factors (including animal species, age of the animals but also destination of transport).

  • Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG),
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations,
  • Regulation on the protection of animals during transport and on the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 (TierSchTrV).

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  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005
  • TierSchTrV
  • TierSchG

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