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Application for approval as a transport company in accordance with the EU Animal Welfare Transport Regulation


If you want to transport animals, you need a licence as a transport operator from the responsible veterinary office before you start your activity.

A distinction can be made between two types of authorisations:

  • Approval for transports of up to 8 hours (type 1) and
  • an authorisation for transports with a duration of more than 8 hours (long journey: type 2).

For a Type 1 approval, you must meet certain requirements regarding your location/company headquarters, qualified personnel and handling in accordance with animal welfare law.

For a Type 2 approval, you must meet some additional requirements. Detailed information can be found in the "Prerequisites" section.

Carriage includes the entire transport process from the place of dispatch to the place of destination, including unloading, storage and loading at intermediate stations.

If there are any changes to the information or documents that you have communicated to your veterinary office as part of the authorisation process, please inform your veterinary office no later than 15 working days after the change.

If you are a farmer, you do not need a permit to transport your own animals in your own means of transport over a distance of less than 50 km from your farm.
 

Process flow

After you have submitted the paperwork and documents, they will be inspected at the veterinary office and your details will be documented. You will then receive your admission.

Competent authority

In Lower Saxony, responsibility lies with the veterinary offices of the districts, the Hanover region and the independent cities as well as with the Jade-Weser Veterinary Office Association.

Requirements

Requirements that you must meet in order to obtain a type 1 approval (transport time up to 8 hours):

  • You are a resident of Germany or have a representative in Germany.
  • You have demonstrated that you have sufficient and appropriate staff, equipment and procedures.
  • You or your representatives are not known to have committed serious breaches of Community and/or national animal welfare legislation in the last three years. If your veterinary office considers that you have provided sufficient evidence that you have taken all necessary measures to avoid further infringements, an authorisation may still be granted, if necessary.

Requirements that you must meet in order to obtain a type 2 permit (transport time longer than 8 hours):

  • They meet all the requirements for type 1 approval.
  • You have submitted valid certificates of competency for all drivers and supervisors who will be used for long journeys.
  • You have submitted valid proof of registration for all means of road transport that are to be used for long journeys.
  • You have submitted details of your procedures for recording and tracking your road vehicles.
  • You have submitted details of your procedures for keeping in touch with your drivers.
  • They have submitted contingency plans that come into effect in urgent cases.
     

Which documents are required?

  • Application for approval as a transport company (ask for this at your veterinary office or look for a form on the homepage of the veterinary office)
  • The following proofs and declarations are required for type 1 approval:
    • Proof of sufficient and suitable personnel
    • Proof of sufficient and appropriate equipment
    • Declaration that you or your representatives have not committed any serious breaches of Community and/or national animal welfare law in the last three years
    • Declaration that you or your representatives have not applied for authorisation with any other competent authority in Germany or a Member State
  • The following proofs are also required for type 2 approval:
    • Certificates of competency for all drivers and supervisors used for long journeys
    • Valid registration certificates for all means of road transport used for long journeys
    • Proof that you can track and record the movements of your road vehicles and maintain constant contact with drivers
    • Contingency plans that come into play in urgent cases
    • Please check with your local veterinary office if you need to submit any further documents.
       

What are the fees?

Fee: 35,00 - 250,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You must submit the application for authorisation before you start your activity. You will only be allowed to start working after you have received your licence.

Approval is granted for a maximum of 5 years.

Applications / forms

  • Application for approval as a transport company (ask for this at your veterinary office or look for a form on the homepage of the veterinary office)
  • Supporting documents (see "Prerequisites")
     

What else should I know?

Animal transports are subject to requirements to ensure animal welfare during transport. According to Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005, no one may carry out or arrange for the transport of animals if the animals could be injured or unnecessarily suffering in the process.

In addition, the following conditions must be met:

  • Prior to transport, all necessary arrangements were taken to keep the journey time as short as possible and to take account of the needs of the animals during transport.
  • The animals are fit for transport.
  • The means of transport are designed, built and maintained and are used in such a way as to spare the animals injury and suffering and to ensure their safety.
  • The loading and unloading equipment is designed, constructed and maintained and is used in such a way as to spare injuries and suffering to the animals and to ensure their safety.
  • The persons handling the animals are appropriately trained or qualified for this purpose and do not use violence or any other method in the performance of their duties that could unnecessarily frighten the animals or cause them unnecessary injury or suffering.
  • The transport to the destination is carried out without delays, and the well-being of the animals is regularly checked and maintained in an appropriate manner.
  • The animals have sufficient floor space and standing height according to their size and the planned transport.
  • The animals are provided with water and food appropriate to their type and size at appropriate intervals and are allowed to rest.
     

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Author

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competent Bodies


Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt
Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
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Postal address: Post Office Box 280 , 49735 Haselünne
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Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
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Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Data protection information


Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
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Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt
Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 280 , 49735 Haselünne
Timetable
Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:

Fachbereich Zentrale Steuerung und Finanzen
Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
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Postal address: Post Office Box 280 , 49735 Haselünne
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Telephone: 05961 509-440
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)