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Scottish General Import Licence (IMP/GEN/S: 2020 01) for cattle aged over 15 days from Northern Ireland

General licence for the importation of cattle aged over 15 days from Northern Ireland and revokes IMP/GEN/S: 2018 01.

Scottish General Import Licence (IMP/GEN/S: 2020 01) for cattle aged over 15 days from Northern Ireland

The Scottish Ministers, by this licence issued under Article 3(2) of the Importation of Animals Order 1977, hereby authorise the landing in Scotland, in accordance with the conditions set out below.

Cattle aged 15 days and over

originating in

Northern Ireland

at

Any port or airport in Scotland

This licence is valid from the date of issue until varied or revoked by the Scottish Ministers. Under Article 3(6) of the Importation of Animals Order 1977, the Scottish Ministers revoke Scotland General Import Licence No: 2018/01 and dated 12 December 2018 Dated: 8 October 2020

Conditions

All landings of cattle shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Importation of Animals Order 1977, the requirements of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, and the following conditions of this licence.

Identification

1. Each animal must bear an identification in accordance with EC Regulation 1760/2000 issued by the competent authority in Northern Ireland.

Veterinary health certification

2. Each consignment of cattle must be accompanied by a health certificate signed by an authorised veterinary inspector of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland identifying the name and addresses of consignor and consignee, the addresses of the premises of origin and destination, giving the description, ear number, sex, date of birth and category of each animal to which it relates, stating that:


Animals for Breeding or Production

2.1 The cattle originate from herds which are Officially Brucellosis andTuberculosis Free in accordance with Council Directive 64/432/EEC (as amended) and are not animals required to be slaughtered under a programme to control or eradicate an infectious or contagious disease

2.2 During the 30 days immediately prior to export of cattle aged 42 days or more, they have passed a comparative intradermal tuberculin test carried out in accordance with the provisions of Annex B of Directive 64/432/EEC (as amended)

2.3 The cattle were examined by the certifying veterinarian at the time of shipment to Great Britain and showed no evidence of infectious or contagious disease, including warble fly, and were fit to travel.

2.4 The veterinary inspector has received a declaration signed by the exporter stating that the cattle to be exported:

  • (a) have been resident on the holding of origin for at least 30 days, or since birth, prior to transport
  • (b) will be moved from the premises of origin to Great Britain in vehicles which, prior to the commencement of loading of the consignment, have been cleansed and disinfected thoroughly with an approved disinfectant and
  • (c) after consignment from the premises of origin, will be kept separate from animals not similarly certified

Animals for Slaughter

2.5 The cattle originate from herds which are Officially Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Free in accordance with Council Directive 64/432/EEC (as amended) and are not animals required to be slaughtered under a programme to control or eradicate an infectious or contagious disease.

2.6 The cattle were examined by the certifying veterinarian at the time of shipment to Great Britain and showed no evidence of infectious or contagious disease, including warble fly, and were fit to travel.

2.7 The veterinary inspector has received a declaration signed by the exporter stating that the cattle to be exported:

  • (a) will be moved from the premises of origin to Great Britain in vehicles which, prior to commencement of loading of the consignment, have been cleansed and disinfected thoroughly with an approved disinfectant and
  • (b) after consignment from the premises of origin, will be kept separate at all times from animals not similarly certified

Requirements for all categories of animal

3. Shipment must be direct from Northern Ireland to Great Britain. The importer shall give to the local Animal and Plant Health Agency office (APHA) responsible for the area of destination, in writing, at least 24 hours advance notification of the expected time of arrival of each consignment.

4. In the event of the consignment being delayed or postponed, the APHA office must be advised immediately.

5. Health certification must accompany each consignment to its final destination and be retained there for a minimum period of 12 months for presentation to an inspector on request.

6. The importer or other appropriate person in charge of cattle moved under this licence shall comply with any requirement by an officer of the Scottish Ministers to detain and isolate the cattle for the purpose of carrying out identification, sampling and/or testing to determine the presence of disease.

Post import conditions

Animals for Breeding or Production

7. Animals imported under this licence shall be subjected to a comparative tuberculin intradermal test following their arrival in Scotland. Those animals must be held on the original premises of destination and must not be permitted to move again until this testing is carried out with negative results. The test must:

  • (a) be arranged and paid for by the owner,
  • (b) be carried out in accordance with the provisions of Annex B to Directive 64/432/EC (as amended), and
  • (c) be completed within 60-120 days of arrival on the original premises of destination.

8. Paragraph 7 does not apply where the animal is moved:

  • a) directly to slaughter within 120 days of arrival at the original premises of destination
  • b) solely for the purpose of veterinary treatment, provided that after the treatment the animal is returned directly to the receiving premises or is killed or goes directly to slaughter or
  • c) under the authority of a movement licence issued by a veterinary inspector

Animals for Slaughter

9. On arrival in Scotland animals will be taken directly to a slaughterhouse and slaughtered within 24 hours of arrival.

Contact for further information:

Animal Health & Welfare Division
Saughton House
P Spur
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD

Imports telephone: 0300 244 9243 or fax: 0300 244 9797

E-mail: animal.health@gov.scot