The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration is responsible for ensuring that export of animals and animal products fulfills the conditions for import to the country of destination. Compulsory washing and disinfection of empty animal trucks arriving in Denmark reduce the risk of introducing animal diseases.
Danish exporters of animals and animal products must be registered with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. The exporter is obligated to notify the DVFA about each consignment before the export. The written notifications have to specify, among other things, the type of product, amount, place of dispatch, and destination.
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration is responsible for ensuring that intra-Community trade in animals and animal products is performed in accordance with EU legislation. In cases of exports to Third Countries, the DVFA negotiates and drafts the necessary health certification to meet the conditions for import into the country of destination.
If an outbreak of a transmissible animal disease occurs in Denmark, the export of animals of susceptible species will be halted.
Export of animals
In 2003, 27.449 cattle (73%) were exported to The Netherlands and 2.026.520 pigs (95%) – mainly feeder pigs – were exported to Germany. Small batches of breeding animals were exported to many countries. Poultry were mainly exported to Germany, The Netherlands and Poland.
Intra-Community trade; export of animal products
It is the responsibility of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration that only animal products fulfilling the EU legislation is exported. For example, food containing animal protein must be fit for human consumption and fulfill certain animal health requirements such as originating from areas not under restrictions due to an outbreak of an animal disease. For non-food animal products and live animals, Denmark use the TRACES system for entering the veterinary health certificate. The exporter is required to notify the Regional Veterinary and Food Control Authorities in advance when exporting.
For more information on intra-community trade, please see the EU Commission's website