Please note, all animals imported into the Bailiwick of Guernsey must be pre-notified in writing to the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation. See "Animal Import Notification" for more information.
Importing Pigs from Alderney and Sark
Pigs can be imported into Guernsey from Alderney and Sark under the General Import Licence subject to the following conditions:
an animal was born in, and has remained continuously since birth in Alderney or Sark or was imported into one of those Islands from Guernsey and is being re-exported to Guernsey, and
Alderney or Sark is not subject to foot and mouth disease restrictions.
Importing Pigs from Jersey
Pigs can be imported from Jersey with a licence issued by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services and they must satisfy a number of health conditions before being imported.
Before importing a pig into Guernsey from the United Kingdom (UK) prospective owners must have been issued with a producer number by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. Next, prospective owners need to submit a completed import application form at least 10 working days before your intended day of import to email@example.com.
Pigs imported from the UK must have an Export Health Certificate (6305EHC) issued by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which must be signed by a UK Local Official Veterinarian (OV). For an example of such a certificate, follow this link.
A condition of the import permit is compliance with pre-movement health requirements undertaken by an Official Veterinarian (OV) in the UK, which is set out in the export health certificate (6305EHC) as already described.
A copy of the 6305EHC must be sent by e-mail to the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services as soon as possible after issue and in any case before pigs are dispatched to Guernsey.
Pigs for export to Guernsey must be kept in isolation from all other livestock for at least 21 days before they depart the UK.
Upon arrival in Guernsey, they must be kept in isolation at their destination in Guernsey from all other livestock for at least 21 days following their arrival. Pigs may be subject to further health checks by the States Veterinary Officers, the cost of which must be borne by the owner.
Isolation premises in Guernsey must be inspected by the States Veterinary Officer (SVO) at least a week before the arrival of the imported pigs to ensure they are satisfactory.
Pigs will be released from isolation by the SVO once they are satisfied that they pose no risk to resident Guernsey livestock.
Follow this link for Notes for Guidance on importing pigs from England.
In any other circumstances, pigs cannot be imported into Guernsey without an import licence issued by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. To obtain an import licence you will need to submit a completed import application form at least 10 working days before your intended day of import to firstname.lastname@example.org. A licence may have conditions on health requirements, which may include isolation before dispatch to Guernsey and tests. Contact us for further information.
The cost of complying with any health requirements must be met by the importer.
Animal Health Threats
In the last few years animal health on Guernsey has been threatened by diseases carried by midges (Cluicoides species). Midges are potential vectors for certain animal diseases such as Bluetongue & Schmallenberg Virus. To reduce the risk of inadvertently bringing potentially infected midges to Guernsey from Jersey in vehicles, livestock owners are advised that the vehicles are sprayed with insect deterrents or insect killers before animals are loaded into them in Jersey.
Follow this link for a list of recommended insect deterrents or insect killers to spray onto vehicles.