To: Interested Parties,
ENHANCED TRADE REQUIREMENTS DUE TO AVIAN INFLUENZA
The Department advised you on 7 December 2016 that Avian Influenza Prevention Zones had been declared for the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. These declarations did not affect the movement licencing arrangements then in place. However, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was confirmed in a flock of turkeys near Louth, Lincolnshire, England, on 16 December 2016, and the requisite 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zones were declared around the infected premise.
Consequently, the Department wishes to advise you of enhanced trade requirements being implemented from 9:00 a.m., Monday, 19 December 2016, in respect of the movement of live poultry, day old chicks, hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, racing pigeons, captive birds, heat treated poultry meat, other poultry meat, table eggs and egg products etc. between Great Britain, the European Union, ‘third countries’ and Northern Ireland.
Movements from Northern Ireland
All poultry and poultry products can contimue to be moved from Northern Ireland to Britain and other European Union (EU) Member States, subject to the appropriate health certifcation.
The situation regarding movements to countries outwith the EU (i.e. ‘third countries’) remains fluid and prospective exporters should contact the Department’s Trade Section on (028) 9052 0865, or email email@example.com for further information. Exporters should be aware that in the current situation, some export consignments for live birds and other poultry commodities may not be able to proceed.
Movements into Northern Ireland
All general licences relating to the movement into Northern Ireland of poultry, day old chicks, hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, racing pigeons, captive birds, poultry products, heat treated poultry meat, other poultry meat, table eggs and egg products etc. are being revoked.
New specific licensing arrangements will be implemented with effect from 9.00 a.m., Monday, 19 December 2016.
Consignments currently in transit will be allowed to enter Northern Ireland with the documentation that was current at the time of commencing movement.
Anyone wishing to bring any of the above categories of poultry/birds/products into Northern Ireland or requiring further information should contact the Department’s Trade Section on (028) 90 52 0865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The movement of any birds being brought into Northern Ireland from Great Britain for the purpose of participating in a bird gathering will also now be restricted with effect from 9:00 a.m., Monday, 19 December 2016. For further information please see the DAERA website.
J Wallace Lawson
Epizootic Disease Policy Lead