The IETS Parent Committee on Companion Animals, Non-domestic and Endangered Species (CANDES)
Regulatory Subcommittee Document: Rules and Regulation for Import and Export of Biological Materials, UK (December 19, 2005)

Import requirements for the UK
Details provided by: Justine O'Brien (justineo@vetsci.usyd.edu.au)
In country contact: Bill Holt (Bill.Holt@ioz.ac.uk)
1. Government and organisation agencies requiring permits/approval to import

Separate permission to import is required from:
• Health controls are operated by the Agriculture Departments for live and dead specimens of some species. Contact the relevant organisation in the UK for clarification of import permit requirement.
• DEFRA (Department for the Enviroment, Food, and Rural Affairs; Global Wildlife Division) is the UK CITES Management Authority (cites.ukma@defra.gsi.gov.uk) and is responsible for ensuring that the Convention is properly implemented in the UK, which includes enforcement and issuing permits and certificates for the import permits are issued by SEERAD (Scottish Executive Enviroment and Rural Affairs Department)
• For specimens from CITES listed species, export approval is required from the coutnry of export (e.g. from the CITES Authority of the export country and fromt he appropiate department within the zoo) -provide CITES export permit + supplementary information.

2. Government agency contact details of departments/personnel

•UK Agricultural Departments: England: Defra Import/Export Section, Ph. +44(0)207 904 6405 (Matt Guenigault); Scotland: Rural Affairs Department, Ph. +44 (0) 131-244-6181; Wales: as for England; Ireland: Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development, Imports, Ph: +44 (0) 2890 5 24279
DEFRA (UK CITES Management Authority): Refer to website link for contact personnel
SEERAD (Scottish CITES Management authority)

3. Specimen types requiring import permits

• Animal products: gametes, embryos, tissue, blood, faeces, saliva, urine, hair, feathers.
• Biological materials: vaccines, certain drugs. For more details refer to the revelant UK Agricultural Department.
• A CITES import permit may or may not be required for specimens from CITES listed fauna- contact DEFRA (Matt Guenigault) to clarify.

4. Species/specimen types not requiring import permits
DEFRA and the relevant UK agricultural department regulate the importing of all biological material.
5. Specific specimen processing requirements
• Refer to DEFRA or SEERAD import conditions: specimens may require specialized processing prior to import, for example: faecal samples originating from some countries must be heated to 65 degrees Celcius for the 18 h prior to shipment.
• Dry Shippers (empty or containing specimens) must be new or have been sterilized prior to shipment.

6. Specific requirements of the organisation importing the specimen(s) The State Veterinary Service has a presence in most busy UK ports and airports. They are able to support other enforcement bodies and provide a line of communication with Defra HQ. They are also able to provide advice on identifying products and can advise on disposal arrangements and disinfecting. They are responsible for veterinary checks on products of animal origin at Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) that take only products not for human consumption. Tel: +44(0)845 933 5577; Email: helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk; Web: www.defra.gov.uk
7. Veterinary certificates required Some biological materials must be accompanied by a certificate by an Official Veterinarian of the country of export. However, some biological materials (e.e. faeces) do not require a Veterinary Health Certificate – contact DEFRA to clarify (http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/int-trde/gen-inf/princip.htm)
8. Import permit application forms Forms can be emailed on request or be downloaded from the DEFRA website.
9. Recommended Freight agent/customs brokers n/a

 

 

Export rules and regulations

1. Government and organisation agencies requiring permits/approval to export Separate permission to export is required from:
• Health controls are operated by the Agriculture Departments for live and dead specimens of some species. Contact the relevant organisation in the UK for clarification of export permit requirement.
• DEFRA (http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/int-trde/germ-ex/germ-ex.htm) is the UK CITES Management Authority (cites.ukma@defra.gsi.gov.uk) and is responsible for ensuring that the Convention is properly implemented in the UK, which includes enforcement and issuing permits and certificates for the export of CITES specimens – apply for a CITES Export Permit. Note: the DEFRA-issued CITES permits appear to cover only England and Wales. For Scotland, CITES permits are issued by SEERAD (Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department)
2. Government agency contact details of departments/personnel • UK Agricultural Departments: England: Defra Import/Export Section, pH: +44 (0)207 904 6405 (Matt Guenigault); Scotland: Rural Affairs Department, pH: +44(0)131-244-6181; Wales: as for England; Ireland: Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development, Imports, pH: +44(0)2890 524279
DEFRA (UK CITES Management Authority): Refer to the website link for contact personnel.
SEERAD (Scottish CITES Management authority): Refer to the website link for contact personel.
3. Specimen types requiring export permits Refer to the relevant UK Agricultural Department.
4. Specimen types not requiring export permits Refer to the relevant UK Agricultural Department.
5. Specific specimen processing requirements Processing requirements vary depending on requirements of the country of import.
6. Specific requirements of the organisation exporting the specimen(s) Refer to the relevant UK Agricultural Department.
7. Veterinary certificates required Certificate details vary depending on the country of import. Generally, export specimens must be accompanied by a certificate by an Official Veterinarian of the country of export certifying that they have been tested for diseases etc.
8. Export permit application forms Forms can be emailed on request or be downloaded from the DEFRA website.
9. Recommended Freight agent/customs brokers As for import regulations.