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The Sea Fishing (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing) Order (Northern Ireland) 2018

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4.—(1) An authorised officer may prohibit the movement of a consignment of fishery products from the place of import while a verification takes place pursuant to Article 17 of the Council Regulation or Article 20 of the Commission Regulation.

(2) An authorised officer who has prohibited the movement of a consignment under paragraph (1) shall, as soon as possible after the prohibition, give written notice to the importer or the person who appears to the officer to be in charge of the consignment.

(3) The notice shall—

(a)describe the consignment;

(b)state that it may not be moved without the prior written consent of an authorised officer under article 5;

(c)specify the relevant provision of the Council Regulation or the Commission Regulation in respect of which the authorised officer has reason to believe that there has been a failure to comply; and

(d)specify what steps, if any, must be taken to demonstrate compliance with that provision, and within what time such steps must be taken.

(4) If the person to whom the authorised officer has given a notice under this article does not appear to the officer to be the importer or an agent, contractor or employee of the importer, the authorised officer shall take reasonable steps to bring the contents of the notice to the attention of such a person as soon as practicable following the giving of the notice.

(5) Where the authorised officer is satisfied that—

(a)a verification pursuant to Article 17 of the Council Regulation or Article 20 of the Commission Regulation has been completed;

(b)the steps specified in the notice under paragraph (3)(d) have been taken within the time specified; and

the authorised officer shall withdraw the notice issued under this article and remove the prohibition on movement.

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