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Importer information note about the movement and import of Primates under the Balai Directive (Council Directive 92/65/EEC)

Important

i) These notes explain the conditions that apply to imports of primates laid down in Council Directive 92/65/EEC, known as the Balai Directive. The Balai Directive covers animals and products which are not covered by other EU legislation.

ii) These notes should be read in conjunction with the notes describing the veterinary checks applicable to all live animals imported into Great Britain (GB) General (IIN A/1).

(Supplemental guidance notes on the general conditions for importation or movement of animals under Balai can be found in the Importer Information Notes.

iii) These notes are for guidance only. They do not give a comprehensive coverage of all conditions laid down in EU and national legislation and have no legal force. Importers must satisfy themselves that Balai animals, semen, ova and embryos are imported in accordance with all of the relevant legislation.

The authoritative legal position will be found in the appropriate national legislation, and European Union (EU) Directives and Decisions.

Disclaimer: These notes do not cover situations where emergency safeguard action has been taken, e.g. to prohibit the importation of certain animals from certain countries following an outbreak of serious disease in those countries. Customer Information Notes (CINs) are issued in cases of disease outbreak and importers are advised to contact the Department to check if any safeguard action has been taken in relation to the animals/country of origin.

Contents of this guidance

  1. Commercial trade in Primates – conditions for intra EU trade
  2. Commercial imports of Primates – conditions for imports from Non EU countries
  3. Rabies quarantine
  4. Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species (CITES)
  5. Exceptions
  6. Welfare of animals during transport
  7. Death of animals in transit
  8. Community legislation - consolidated texts
  9. Contacts for information

Importer Information Note - Balai - Import of Primates

1. Commercial trade in Primates – conditions for intra EU trade

Primates can only be traded if the following conditions set in Chapter II of Council Directive 92/65/EEC are met:

  • the premises they are going to is approved under Article 13 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC (PDF) (532 KB)
  • they come from holdings that are approved by the competent authority in the country of origin
  • they show no sign of disease and come from holdings or areas which are not subject to any ban on health grounds
  • they are accompanied by a veterinary certificate corresponding to the specimen in Part 1 of Annex E to Council Directive 92/65/EEC, completed by the approved veterinarian of the body, institute or centre of origin


2. Commercial imports of Primates – conditions for imports from Non EU countries

Primates can only be imported if the following conditions set in Chapter III of Council Directive 92/65/EEC are met:

  • the premises the animals are going to must be approved under Article 13 of the Directive 92/65 (see link below);
  • primates may have to be accompanied by a CITES export certificate from the country of origin;
  • they may have to have CITES import certificate from the country of destination. [UK in this case](see paragraph 4);
  • they must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate corresponding to the specimen in Part 1 of Annex E of Council Directive 92/65/EEC (PDF) (532 KB) completed by the approved veterinarian of the body, institute or centre of origin;
  • 24 hours prior to export from country of origin they must have been clinically examined by a veterinarian authorised by the competent authority in the country of origin;
  • they must enter the UK via a Border Inspection Post that handles live animals;
  • the importer must ensure that Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED) is raised and part I is completed and returned to the BIP prior to entry;
  • on entering the UK they must go to a holding that is rabies and balai approved.


3. Rabies quarantine

All primates must undergo 6 months of quarantine on entry into the UK. For further information please contact the SSC Imports at:

Chelmsford Animal Health Divisional Office
Beeches Road
Chelmsford
CM1 2RU

Tel: 01245 454860
Fax: 01245 351162

E-mail: AHITChelmsford@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk

4. Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Import of primates may require export and import permits under CITES. CITES permits must be issued in advance and applicants should apply for their permits 30 days prior to importation . Those species requiring CITES permits must be moved in compliance with CITES guidelines for the transport and preparation for shipment of live animals.

For further information please contact:

The Wildlife& Registration Service
Zone 1/17
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol, BS1 6EB
Tel: 0117 372 8168
E-mail: wildlife.licensing@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.cites.gov.uk

5. Exceptions

The Secretary of State can authorize the acquisition of an ape, by an approved body, institute or centre that belongs to an individual, or centre which is not approved. This power is only used in exceptional cases and you should apply in writing to:

Animal Health Import Team,
Government Offices,
Beeches Road,
Chelmsford,
Essex
CM1 2RU

Tel: 01245 454860

E-mail: AHITchelmsford@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk

6. Welfare of animals during transport

Importers are reminded that they must comply with rules on the welfare of animals during transport. If unfamiliar with the rules, importers should contact Defra’s Welfare Branch on 020 7904 6576, or the State Veterinary Service Welfare & Transport Section on 0845 603 8395, or visit www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare.

7. Death of animals in transit

If an imported bird dies in transit or on arrival in Great Britain, the person in charge of the animal must report its death, together with any other relevant information, to the local Divisional Veterinary Manager (DVM). The carcase of any such animal may only be disposed of in accordance with any directions given by the DVM.

8. Community legislation – consolidated texts

Consolidated texts are available which integrate the basic instruments of Community legislation with their amendments and corrections in a single, non-official document. Each consolidated text contains a list of all legal documents taken into account for its construction. Therefore a comparison with the data in the 'Directory of Community legislation in force' will allow you to easily check how up to date the consolidated text is.

Texts provided in this section are intended for information only. Please note that these texts have no legal value. For legal purposes please refer to the texts published in the 'Official Journal of the European Communities'.

Importers should note that the information given relates only to animal health conditions of import. It does not give guidance on other controls, which may need to be met. The attached information sheet gives details of other organisations you may need to consult.

While every attempt is made to keep this information note current, import conditions may change and importers are responsible for checking the current status of the requirements. Safeguard measures, which prohibit imports from countries affected by animal diseases, or other public or animal health hazards, can prohibit or restrict import at very short notice. Requirements can be checked on the Defra website.

Alternatively you can keep up to date with amendments to legislation by checking the Commission Website.

9. Contacts for information

Animal Health Import Team,
Government Offices,
Beeches Road,
Chelmsford,
Essex
CM1 2RU

Tel: 01245 454860

E-mail: AHITchelmsford@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk

For imports to a destination in Scotland:

Animal Health and Welfare Branch
Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD)
Room 350
Pentland House
47 Robbs Loan
Edinburgh, EHl4 1TY
Tel: 0131 244 6182

For imports to a destination in Wales:

National Assembly for Wales (NAW)
Cathays Park
Cardiff, CFl 3NQ
Tel: 02920 825111

For copies of the relevant UK legislation:

HMSO Publications
49 High Holborn
London, NC1Z 6HB
Tel: 0870 600 5522

EU legislation is available on the Eurlex website.

Page last modified: 20 June, 2011