IPO provisions relaxed, conditional import of animal, poultry allowed from infected countries

KARACHI: The Government of Pakistan has relaxed the provisions of Import Policy Order (IPO) pertaining to import of live animals from BSE infected countries.

As per Import Policy 2016, the ban on import of live animals from BSE infected countries would not be applicable from the countries which have been declared as “Negligible Risk” by OIE – World Organization for Animal Health and would be allowed if the animals are only from such herds where no incidence of BSE has been reported for the last eleven years and this fact would be certified by the concerned veterinary authority of the exporting country.

Earlier, there was a complete ban on live animals i.e. cattle, buffalo, sheep and goats, meat and bone meal, tallow containing protein and feed ingredients animal origin from BSE infected countries, such as U.K, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Falkland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Spain, Brazil, Czech. Republic, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA and Alberta Region of Canada.

Moreover, import of poultry and poultry products from several countries, which earlier was banned due to Avian Influenza strains, has been allowed subject to the condition that birds are only form such flocks where no incidence of Bird-Flu has been reported for the last eleven years. This fact would have to be certified by the concerned veterinary authority of the exporting country.

These countries include South Korea, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Iraq, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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