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Importation of Animal Pathogens Order (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Prohibition on importation of animal pathogens and carriers

4.—(1) Subject to Articles 5 and 6, the importation into Northern Ireland of an animal pathogen or carrier is hereby prohibited except under the authority of and in accordance with the conditions of a licence issued by the Department.

(2) A licence issued under paragraph (1) may be either a general licence or a specific licence.

(3) A general licence shall be issued by the publication of it in such manner and to such extent as appears to the Department to be sufficient to bring it to the notice of those persons likely to be affected by it.

(4) An application for a specific licence shall be in writing and shall contain such particulars as the Department may require.

(5) The Department may vary, revoke or suspend any licence issued under paragraph (1)—

(a)in the case of a general licence by a notice, published, so far as is practicable, in the same manner and to the same extent as the licence; and

(b)in the case of a specific licence, by a notice in writing served on the person to whom the licence was issued.

(6) The Department may vary, revoke or suspend a general licence in so far as it applies to any particular person by notice in writing served on that person.

(7) A person who has in his possession an animal pathogen or carrier which he knows to have been imported in contravention of the provisions of this Order shall, with all practicable speed, report the fact to the Department.

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