The import of any horse to Hong Kong is overseen by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and there are very strict import conditions.
In order to import a horse into Hong Kong an owner has to apply for an import permit from the HKJC, and can only import a horse during the time that the permit is valid.
There are two types of horses that can be imported, either Privately Purchased horses (PPs) or Privately Purchased Griffins (PPGs). PPGs are horses that are unraced and PPs are horses that have raced.
PPs must have an International Rating of over 80 at the time of import, and must meet the starts conditions as shown below:
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Please note that horses aged five (5) or above will not be permitted to be imported into Hong Kong.
HKJC Veterinary Examination
All PPs and PPGs must undergo a full HKJC Vetting for suitability for their import into Hong Kong, and must meet specific HKJC Veterinary Criteria. This is for the following reasons:
- To ensure, as far as possible, that horses that may either prematurely become unsound, or break down, or that have little realistic chance of racing successfully in Hong Kong because of pre-existing veterinary problems, are not imported.
- To ensure that owners are made aware of any pre-existing veterinary problems that may impact on the future racing suitability of horses, prior to their importation into Hong Kong. Minor abnormalities may not render the horse unsuitable for importation; however, disclosure of the findings to the prospective owner is required.
- To ensure that horses that require a rest and rehabilitation period for an existing injury complete that rehabilitation prior to importation into Hong Kong.
The Process of the Veterinary Examination
The initial veterinary examination for suitability will be conducted by any equine practitioner at the request of a bloodstock agent within 30 days of the proposed date of entry into pre-export quarantine for shipment to Hong Kong.
The initial Examining Veterinary Surgeon’s certification and the diagnostic images will be submitted to the designated Shipping Agent and subsequently forwarded to the HKJC Nominated Veterinary Surgeon for scrutiny.
The Nominated Veterinary Surgeon will review the certification to ensure that all the required examination procedures have been completed and satisfactorily reported. He/she will also review the radiographs taken by the Initial Examining Veterinary Surgeon to ensure that all the required views have been taken, that the radiographs are properly labelled and of diagnostic quality and that all the significant lesions have been noted and commented on. The Nominated Veterinary Surgeon may request further examination of horses to clarify any queries that may arise regarding the suitability of any horses and may over-rule the opinion of the Initial Examining Veterinary Surgeon.
He/she will then complete a HKJC Nominated Veterinary Surgeons Report form, which is used to ensure completeness and a standard reporting format, and then will provide comments and an opinion on the suitability of the horse for importation into Hong Kong.
The completed report will then be returned to Equine International Airfreight, who are responsible for forwarding the completed report to the HKJC Racing Registry Department.
The HKJC Racing Registry Department will forward the Club’s Senior Veterinary Officer who will review the certification and will issue final approval for the horse to enter pre-export quarantine.
The horses will be categorised into one of the following three categories:
- Acceptable with Reservations — if the Initial Examining Veterinary Surgeon and/or the HKJC Nominated Veterinary Surgeon are of the opinion that a horse is generally suitable for importation but have some reservations regarding some of the findings of the veterinary examination, and it is considered that a prospective owner should be made aware of such findings, then the horse should be in this category. The prospective owner and trainer will be advised prior to the horse entering quarantine and will consult with their HKJC Clinical Veterinary Surgeon. If after this consultation, and possibly after further examinations, the prospective owner is happy to continue with the importation, they will advise the Club and the importation of the horse will proceed.
- Not Acceptable — the reason/s must be listed.
All horses being permanently exported to Hong Kong from Australia must complete the following:
- 21 Days Pre-export isolation at an approved quarantine stable in Australia
- Blood testing for EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) and Hendra Virus for all horses.
- For Stallions and Colts blood testing for EVA x 2 (Equine Virus Arteritis) is also required.
- Treatment for Internal and External Parasites
- Nasal Swabs for EI (Equine Influenza) testing
- Vaccinations x 2 for EI (Equine Influenza)
All blood tests must return a negative result from the testing laboratory to be eligable to travel.
All blood testing and swabbing prior to shipment will be co-ordinated by Equine International Airfreight, as will all export paperwork. Any further details can be obtained from our office.
Currently horses can be exported to Hong Kong departing either from Sydney or Melbourne International Airports.
For more information on specific requirements for exports from Australia to Hong Kong please contact our office.