BIRD MOVEMENT UK – EU POST BREXIT UPDATE
The latest talks with DEFRA confirm that the UK is now classed as a THIRD COUNTRY and new ruling has had to be introduced to cover UK personnel moving livestock into and out of the EU.
We (The IOA) have been informed that to get legislation through the UK Parliament to ease the current situation, the new rules are likely to be in place for up to 5 (Five) years.
New DEFRA paperwork confirms that the border in the Irish Sea is now a reality for the movement of birds. That all bird consignments from the UK to the EU are classed as Exports, regardless of the fact that they may be birds sent for exhibition and thereafter returned to the UK by or to their owners in controlled conditions.
This means that hobby exhibition birds moving to / from the EU will require the same level of inspection and paperwork as large-scale commercial livestock movements.
Fanciers exhibiting abroad e.g. World Show / Gouden Ring will have to have their breeding establishment inspected and approved by APHA.
Fanciers will need to register their premises as a APHA approved breeding establishment at a cost yet to be defined, arrange for premises inspection, and arrange for an approved vet to undertake initial health checks. The fee at this time is understood to be £150 per visit.
Each time that there is a movement of birds to the EU an Export Health Certificate needs to be obtained, again cost as yet unknown.
Breeding premises must have APHA approved quarantine facilities complying with latest animal health and welfare regulations.
There is a 10 year record retention requirement of all movements, quarantine observations, laboratory test results and veterinary records.
We (the IOA) understand that the above is mandatory and in place for the coming 3 (Three) to 5 (Five) years by which time the UK Government will have set out their own requirements, agreed by our MP’s.
Richard Lumley IOA President Tel 01653 697565 – June 2021
For confirmation or questions on this posting, it is advised you contact the following:
APHA Centre for International Trade: Carlisle
Eden Bridge House
General enquiries email: SSC.Carlisle@apha.gov.uk
Telephone: 03000 200 301