Transport of animals

When animals are transported, they must be transported in a safe manner and the animals must not be subjected to injury or suffering during transport. The County Administrative Board checks animal transport, from transporting pets in cars, to larger slaughter transportation. We also inspect transport vehicles that are going to transport animals.

The County Administrative Board can carry out checks when you, for example, transport farm animals to a slaughterhouse, horses to a competition, cats to the cat sitter or dog to the forest for a long walk. The Country Administrative Board also check that the drivers that need permission and certificates of competence have them, and that the documentation follows the transport.

Inspecting animal transports

All persons transporting animals as a part of economic activity must inspect their vehicle with the County Administrative Board. In some cases, you as a private person may have to inspect your vehicle. You can find more information on what is an economic activity with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

Skatteverket External link.

The e-services and forms of the County Administrative Board in this field are not available in English. If you wish to submit an application or notification, you may contact the County Administrative Board, which can inform you how to proceed.

During an inspection, the County Administrative Board will, among other things check that:

  • there is no risk of injury
  • the transport is sustainable and adapted to the type of animal to be transported
  • the ventilation is sufficient.

Fees for the inspection of transport vehicles

In addition to registration as a carrier, the vehicle used must be inspected and approved by the County Administrative Board. A fee is charged for the inspection of vehicles:

  • for containers (which can be moved between different vehicles), the charge is SEK 1 000;
  • for light goods vehicles, passenger cars and trailers which are intended to be towed by a light lorry or a passenger car, the charge is SEK 1 500;
  • for heavy goods vehicles and trailers to be towed by heavy goods vehicles, the charge is SEK 3 000.

Rules for transporters and transports

At the Swedish Board of Agriculture you will find information on which rules apply to transporters and transports of different animal species:

Animal transporters, Swedish Board of Agriculture External link.