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					                                                                           IMPORT AND EXPORT OF CAPTIVE BIRDS LEAFLET

     IMPORT AND EXPORT OF CAPTIVE AND PET BIRDS                             Non–Psittacines must be accompanied by a declaration signed by
                                                                            the exporter or his agent (i.e. owner’s declaration) confirming that     Import Movements between EU and Non-EU Countries
This leaflet explains what rules you need to comply with when               the birds do not show obvious signs of disease at the time of export
moving captive and pet birds between EU and non EU countries. It            and the premises of origin are not subject to any animal health          What are the conditions for movement of captive birds from
covers both Psittacines (birds of the parrot group) and non-                restrictions.                                                            non-EU Countries to EU Countries?
                                                                            If transporting as part of an economic activity:                         In line with the rules laid down in Community law, captive birds may
Psittacines. It does not cover the import or export requirements for
                                                                            - All exports must be accompanied by an Animal Transport                 be imported into the UK from approved non-EU Countries. As
breeding and/or productive poultry. For information on these                Certificate (i.e. a document or documents that record the birds’         specified in Council Regulation 318/2007 captive birds may be
requirements please contact AHIT Chelmsford or Central                      origin and ownership, places of departure and destination, date and
                                                                                                                                                     imported from countries which are currently approved for imports of
Operations, Carlisle respectively.                                          time of departure and expected duration of the journey.
                                                                            - The transporter must carry a valid transporter Authorisation under     breeding or productive poultry, other than ratites and must come
                                                                            Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 and, if required by the member            from approved breeding establishments. These approved countries
The leaflet is for guidance only. It does not provide all the
conditions laid down in EU legislation, national legislation or             state(s) of transit and destination, a Vehicle Approval Certificate      are listed in columns 1 and 3 in Part I of Annex I of Commission
those imposed by non-EU Countries and has no legal force.                                                                                            Regulation (EC) 798/2008. For imports of captive birds from non-
Importers and Exporters must satisfy themselves that captive and            How do I obtain a official export health certificate for                 EU Countries, importers should see
pet birds are imported and exported in accordance with all the              Psittacines?                                                             http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/animaltrade/imports/iins/birds/a1
relevant legislation and conditions. The authoritative legal position       You should obtain an application form from Animal Health’s Central
                                                                                                                                                     0.htm or contact the Animal Health Import Team (AHIT)
and conditions can be found in the appropriate national legislation,        Operations Unit for Exports, Carlisle, and return it to them at least
                                                                            10 days before the date of export. The health certificate will be sent   Chelmsford, for information. Please be aware, all captive birds
European Community Directives and Decisions and via the
                                                                            to your nominated OV for completion. If you do not know the name         imported into the UK from Third Countries are subject to post
appropriate non EU Competent Authorities.
                                                                            of the nominated OV in your area, your local Animal Health office        import quarantine at an approved avian quarantine facility.
The leaflet does not cover situations where emergency safeguard             will be able to advise you.
measures have been taken, e.g. to prohibit the movement of                                                                                           Do I need health certification to move captive birds from non -
certain animals between countries following the outbreak of a               How do I obtain an owner’s declaration for non–Psittacines?
                                                                                                                                                     EU Countries to the UK? All captive birds imported into the UK
serious disease in a country. In advance of any proposed trade              It is up to the owner or his agent to provide a declaration containing
                                                                            the full details of the consignment, the name and addresses of the       must be accompanied by an original, valid health certificate in
Importers and Exporters are advised to contact the appropriate
                                                                            consignee and the name and addresses of the consignor, and               accordance with the model laid down in Annex III of Council
Competent Authorities to check if any safeguard measures are in
place that may obstruct trade.                                              addresses of the premises of origin and destination. This                Regulation (EC) No. 318/2007.
                                                                            declaration must be signed and dated on the day of export and
                          CAPTIVE BIRDS                                     must also contain the following statement “I confirm that the birds in                               PET BIRDS
                                                                            this consignment are not showing obvious signs of disease and the
What are Captive birds?                                                     premises of origin are not subject to any animal health restriction”     What are pet birds?
Captive birds are considered to be the types of birds usually kept                                                                                   Pet birds are all species of birds (except poultry i.e. fowl, turkeys,
as a hobby, for pleasure, scientific interest or sport, including racing    Importing Captive Birds from other EU Countries to GB
                                                                                                                                                     guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, partridges and ratites))
pigeons and birds of prey. Common examples are canaries,                                                                                             which are accompanied by their owners, or by another person
budgerigars and parrots.                                                    What are the conditions for import of captive birds from EU
                                                                            Countries?                                                               directly responsible for them on behalf of the owner during their
Exporting Captive Birds from GB to other EU Countries                       Imports of captive birds from another EU country must meet the           movement and are not intended to be sold or transferred to another
                                                                            requirements described above for their export to another EU              owner.
What are the conditions for movement of all captive birds to                country. Therefore they must be sourced from premises approved
other EU Countries?                                                         by the Competent Authority in the country of origin, meet the same       Exporting Pet Birds from GB to other EU Countries
To be eligible for movement to another EU Country, captive birds            health requirements and be accompanied by the same
must:
- Come from registered premises (contact your local Animal Health
                                                                            documentation. Importers must also supply their local Animal             Different EU countries will have different requirements – consult
                                                                            Health Office with notification, in writing, of the intended import at   your Central Operations, Carlisle. If there is no export health
Office for advice on registering a premise);
- Come from a holding in which Avian Influenza (AI) has not been            least 24 hours prior to its arrival in the UK.                           certification in place for the country you want to export to, you may
                                                                                                                                                     be asked to obtain the appropriate import requirements from the
diagnosed in the previous 30 days;
- Come from a holding and an area not subject to restrictions for                                                                                    importing country's Competent Authority.
                                                                            Export Movements between EU and Non-EU Countries
Newcastle disease;                                                          What are the conditions for export of captive birds to non-EU            Importing Pet Birds from other EU Countries to GB
- Show no signs of disease on the day of export.                            Countries?
                                                                            Different non-EU countries will have different requirements –            What shall I do to import pet birds?
What documentation do I need to move captive birds to                       consult Central Operations, Carlisle. If there is no export health
another EU Country?                                                                                                                                  Five or fewer pet birds may be imported per person, or a natural
                                                                            certification in place for the country you want to export to, you may    person responsible for the pet birds. No pet birds imported can be
- Psittacines must be accompanied by an official export health              be asked to obtain the appropriate import requirements from the
certificate signed by your nominated Official Veterinarian (OV).                                                                                     for re-sale or other commercial purposes. For guidance on
                                                                            importing country's Competent Authority.


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importing pet birds please see the relevant Importer Information         Birds must be fit for the intended journey and suitable provision      and Wales, please see link below.
Notes (IINs) on the Defra website at:                                    made for their care during transit. During transport by air,           http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalhealth/about-us/contact-
                                                                         consignments must comply with the International Air Transport          us/search/index.asp
http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/animaltrade/imports/iins/birds/ind      Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations. European Regulation
ex.htm or contact the Animal Health Import Team (for EU) - see           (EC) no. 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport
contact details below.                                                   applies to the commercial transportation of birds by road, rail, air
                                                                         and sea. Exporters are reminded that they must comply with rules
Exporting pet birds from GB to Non-EU countries                          on the welfare of animals during transport. If unfamiliar with the
                                                                         rules, please contact Defra’s Animal Welfare Branch on:
What are the conditions for exports of pet birds to non-EU               020 7238 5865
Countries?                                                               or the Animal Health Welfare in Transport Helpline on:0845 603
Different non-EU countries will have different requirements –            8395
consult Central Operations, Carlisle. If there is no export health       or visit:
certification in place for the country you want to export to, you may    www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/welfare/transport/index.htm
be asked to obtain the appropriate import requirements from the
importing country's Competent Authority.
                                                                         Contraventions
                                                                         It is an offence to export birds which do not comply with the rules
Import Movements between EU and Non-EU Countries                         laid down in Council Directive 92/65/EEC and proceedings can be
What conditions apply to imports of pet birds from non-EU                taken against persons illegally exporting birds under the provisions
Countries?                                                               of the Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England)
Five or fewer pet birds may be imported per person, or a natural         Regulations 2006 (as amended) and similar Regulations in
person responsible for the pet birds. No pet birds imported can be       Scotland and Wales.
for re-sale or other commercial purposes.                                Useful addresses
For all imports of pet birds from non-EU countries, importers should     For information about intra-Community trade or imports of live birds
contact AHIT, Chelmsford for information (contact details below).        (including conservation birds and AI vaccinated zoo birds), or other
You may need to obtain a CITES permit. Please see CITES section          animals and animal derived products please contact:
below.
                                                                         Animal Health Import Team,
       ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS / INFORMATION                           International Trade Centre for Imports,
                                                                         Government Buildings,
Are there any exceptions to rules for Avian Influenza (AI)               Beeches Road,
vaccinated captive birds?                                                Essex, CM1 2RU
There are separate conditions for AI vaccinated captive birds and        Tel no: 01245 454860
queries on these imports should be directed to your local Animal         Fax no: 01245 351162
Health Office. To find you local office and their contact details        e-mail: AHITChelmsford@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk
please see http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalhealth/about-us/contact-
                                                                         For details on CITES (The Convention on International Trade in
us/search/index.asp                                                      Endangered Species) controls and permits contact;
                                                                         Defra
Are there any requirements for quarantine?                               Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service
Captive birds imported into the UK from an approved Non-EU               2 The Square, Temple Quay
Country must complete a minimum of 30 days quarantine in an              Bristol BS1 6EB
approved quarantine facility or centre. Imported birds should be         Tel: 0117 372 8168
transported directly from the Border Inspection Post (BIP) of entry
in the UK to an approved quarantine facility or centre. All              For information about exports of live birds, or other animals and
quarantine and inspection costs will be met by the importer.             animal derived products, please contact:
                                                                         Animal Health
CITES                                                                    Central Operations Unit for Exports
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species              Hadrian House
(CITES) applies to all movements of captive and pet birds. For           Wavell Drive
details on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered           Carlisle
Species controls and permits see contact details below.                  CA1 2TB
                                                                         Email: centralops.carlisle@animalhealth.gsi.gov.uk
What welfare requirements do I have to meet to transport the
birds?                                                                   For a list of all Local Animal Health Offices in England, Scotland


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