Documents considered by the Committee on 20 June 2018 Contents

11EU Pet Travel Scheme

Committee’s assessment

Politically important

Committee’s decision

Cleared from scrutiny; drawn to the attention of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Document details

Commission Report on the implementation of Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals

Legal base

Department

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Document Number

(39533), 6869/18, COM(18) 88

Summary and Committee’s conclusions

11.1The EU Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) governs the non-commercial movement of pet animals.97 As a rule, a maximum of five pet dogs, cats or ferrets may accompany their owner/authorised person during a single trip. While a derogation from the five-pet rule is permitted for the purposes of competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or training for such events, the Government is concerned that this facilitates fraudulent commercial trade.

11.2The Commission’s Report assessed the effectiveness of the derogation and, while not proposing any changes, encouraged Member States to act to ensure proper implementation and enforcement of the legislation to counter fraudulent practices. Only the UK and one other Member State had reported concerns that the derogation facilitates fraudulent commercial trade. Those Member States suggested further restrictions or revocation of the derogation.

11.3Responding to the Committee’s Report of 25 April 2018, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity (Lord Gardiner of Kimble) says that, post-Brexit, the UK would like owners to be able to continue to travel with their pets to and from the EU with the minimum of inconvenience, while protecting the UK’s biosecurity. He explains that several strands of work are ongoing to assess potential options for pet travel rules post-Brexit. There will be new opportunities for managing pet travel arrangements, ensuring that there are robust controls on disease and animal welfare.98

11.4In the light of previous interest of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in this matter, we draw this chapter to the attention of that Committee. We clear the Report from scrutiny and require no further information.

Full details of the documents

Commission Report on the implementation of Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals: (39533), 6869/18, COM(18) 88.

Previous Committee Reports

Twenty-fifth Report HC 301–xxiv (2017–19), chapter 3 (25 April 2018).


97 Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals.

98 Letter from Lord Gardiner of Kimble to Sir William Cash, dated 17 May 2018.




Published: 26 June 2018