Bluetongue safeguard measures

International trade: Importer Information Notes (IIN) – conditions for the movement of Bluetongue susceptible ruminant into Great Britain (GB) (IIN/BTEU/1)

1. Movement from EU Member States(MS) that are free of Bluetongue

On 5 July 2011 GB declared freedom from Bluetongue but restriction zones for Bluetongue remain in place in other Member States. Information on the current Bluetongue situation in the EU can be found at:

Movement of susceptible ruminant species from Member States that are free of Bluetongue to GB are not subject to any Bluetongue conditions unless they transit a member State that is not free. In such cases conditions under Article 9 of Commission Regulation (EC) 1266/2007 (as amended) will apply.

Vaccination has not been permitted in Great Britain since it was declared free of Bluetongue. However, European legislation (Council Directive 2000/75/EU) was amended in March 2012 by Council Directive 2012/5/EU, to enable Member States to authorise the use of inactivated vaccines in Bluetongue-free areas. Therefore GB will now accept animals that have been vaccinated using inactivated Bluetongue vaccines providing the MS from which the animals are moving is in a Bluetongue-free zone.

Intra Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) accompanying animals into GB.

If the animals are moving from a free zone to GB without transiting a restricted zone, regardless of whether the animals have been vaccinated or not, the certifying veterinarian should delete the whole section on “Bluetongue (BT) exemption from the exit ban” at the end of Part II of the “Health Information” section of the ITAHC including the statement on insecticide treatment (3rd from the top).

If the animals transit a restricted zone during any part of their journey to GB, insecticide treatment of the vehicle is required. The certifying veterinarian can certify the treatment statement (3rd from the top) if he supervised the treatment at the time of loading of the animals or if he received a declaration that the vehicle will be treated with insecticide. The treatment statement should be left undeleted but the remaining statements in the “Bluetongue (BT) exemption from the exit ban” section should be deleted. Declarations should be attached to the certificate accompanying the animals.

2. Movement from Member States that are not free of Bluetongue

The animals moved from MS not free of Bluetongue must meet the conditions of section of Annex III of Commission Regulation (EC) 1266/2007.

In cases where zoos are importing BT susceptible ruminants, there is currently the option to agree bilaterally the conditions under which the animals can be imported, as in many cases Annex III requirements cannot be met. See IIN BLBT/1

Post import testing

Post-import testing will be on a risk-based regime, as for other diseases.

3. Safeguard measures

These notes do not cover situations where emergency safeguard action has been taken, at very short notice, to prohibit or restrict the importation of certain products from certain countries following an outbreak of serious disease in those countries may not be covered. Importers are advised to contact the AHVLA to check if any action has been taken in relation to the current status of any particular country. Details of safeguard measures can also be found in our Declarations and Customer Information Notes.

Alternatively importers can keep up to date with amendments to legislation by checking the European Commission’s website.

4. European Union legislation

Consolidated texts, which integrate the basic instruments of Union legislation with their amendments and corrections in a single, non-official document, are available. Each consolidated text contains a list of all legal documents taken into account for its construction.

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 Union’.

For non-consolidated legislation, please use the simple search option on the European Commission’s website.

6. Contact for general information on import requirements

7. Contacts for other important advice and guidance

Importers should note that the information given relates only to animal health and public health conditions of import. It does not give guidance on other conditions that may need to be met.

The information sheet below gives details of other organisations you may also need to consult.

Page last modified: 26 September 2013