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The Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Regulations 2000

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 and shall come into force on 28th July 2000.

(2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, any expressions used have the meaning they bear in Council Directive 90/425/EEC (concerning veterinary and zootechnical checks applicable in intra-Community trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the single market)(1) and Council Directive 91/496/EEC (laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on animals entering the Community from third countries)(2), both of which have been amended by the legislation listed in Schedule 1, and, for cattle and pigs, Council Directive 64/432 EEC (on health problems affecting intra-community trade in bovine animals and swine)(3);

“assembly centre” means holdings, collection centres and markets, at which bovine animals, swine, sheep or goats originating from different holdings are grouped together to form consignments of animals intended for intra-Community trade and approved by the Scottish Ministers in accordance with regulation 12;

“border inspection post” means, in relation to a species of animal, a place specified in relation to that species in Schedule 2;

“dealer” means any person who buys and sells animals commercially either directly or indirectly, who has a regular turnover of these animals and who within 30 days of purchasing animals resells or relocates them from the first premises to other premises not within his ownership;

“European international instruments” means the Act of Accession to the European Communities of the Kingdom of Denmark, Ireland, the Kingdom of Norway and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland(4), the Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement on the European Economic Area between the European Communities, their Member States and the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden, and the Swiss Confederation(5) and the Act concerning the conditions of accession of the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden and the adjustments to the Treaties on which the European Union is founded(6);

“herd” means an animal or group of animals kept as an epidemiological unit;

“import” means import into Scotland;

“inspector” means a person appointed to be an inspector for the purposes of these Regulations by the Scottish Ministers or a local authority, and when used in relation to a person so appointed by the Scottish Ministers includes a veterinary inspector;

“local authority” means each council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994(7);

“place of destination” means the address or addresses to which the consignment is consigned by the consignor;

“required consignment documentation” means any certificates or other documents which are required by these Regulations to accompany the consignment;

“veterinary inspector” means a person appointed as a veterinary inspector by the Scottish Ministers.

(3) Any reference in these Regulations to a Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires, is a reference to a Schedule to these Regulations.

(4) Any reference in these Regulations to an instrument of the European Community is to that instrument as amended at the time these Regulations are made.

(5) A notice or approval under these Regulations shall be in writing and may be made subject to conditions and may be amended, suspended or revoked in writing at any time.

(6) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Exception

2.  These Regulations shall not apply to veterinary checks on movements of pets (other than equidae) accompanied by and under the responsibility of a natural person, where such movements are not the subject of a commercial transaction.

Enforcement

3.—(1) Except where otherwise expressly provided, these Regulations shall be executed and enforced by the local authority.

(2) The Scottish Ministers may direct, in relation to cases of a particular description or a particular case, that any duty imposed on a local authority under paragraph (1) above shall be discharged by the Scottish Ministers and not by the local authority.

PART IIINTRA-COMMUNITY TRADE

Application of Part II

4.  This Part of these Regulations shall apply to trade between member States in live animals and all animal products which are the subject of the Directives and other measures referred to in Part I of Schedule 3, except aquaculture products for human consumption controlled by Council Directive 91/67/EEC (concerning the animal health conditions governing the placing on the market of aquaculture animals and products)(8).

Exports

5.—(1) No person shall export or consign for export to another member State any animal or animal product controlled under one or more of the Directives or other measures referred to in Part I of Schedule 3 unless–

(a)it complies with the relevant provisions of those Directives or measures (including any option permitted by those Directives or measures which has been exercised by the member State of destination);

(b)when required by a Directive or other measure, it is accompanied by an export health certificate signed by a veterinary inspector (or, where specified in a Directive or other measure, signed by a veterinary surgeon nominated by the exporter) or any other document required by a Directive or other measure;

(c)when required by a Directive or other measure, any notification of a disease on the holding from which the animal has been consigned has been made within the time and in the manner (if any) specified in the Directive or other measure; and

(d)if the animal is acquired through an assembly centre, that centre has been approved by the Scottish Ministers for the purposes of intra-Community trade, and it complies with the provisions of Article 11 of Council Directive 64/432/EEC, and Part I of Schedule 3.

(2) If an inspector has reasonable cause to suspect that a person in charge of animals or animal products intends to export them in contravention of this regulation he may by notice served on the consignor, his representative or person in charge of the animals or animal products prohibit that exportation and require the person on whom the notice is served to take the animals or animal products to such place as may be specified in the notice and to take such further action in relation to them as may be specified in the notice.

(3) In the event of a notice served under paragraph (2) above not being complied with an inspector may seize or cause to be seized any animal or animal product to which it relates and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

(4) No person shall export to another member State any animal to which the provisions of Articles 7, 9 and 10 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC (laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A(1) to Council Directive 90/425/EEC)(9) apply unless the animal originates from a holding which has been registered with the Scottish Ministers and the owner or person in charge of that holding has given to the Scottish Ministers undertakings in accordance with Article 4 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC.

Imports

6.—(1) No person shall import from another member State any animal or animal product subject to a Directive or other measure listed in Part I of Schedule 3 and in free circulation in another member State unless it complies with the relevant provisions of that Directive or measure and any additional requirements specified in Part I of Schedule 3.

(2) If an animal is imported for slaughter, the importer shall ensure that it is slaughtered without undue delay; and if it is not slaughtered without undue delay, an inspector may by notice served on the importer, his representative or person in charge of the animals require the animals to be slaughtered as may be specified in the notice.

(3) In the event of a notice served under paragraph (2) not being complied with an inspector may seize or cause to be seized any animal to which it relates and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

Transport of animals and animal products

7.—(1) No person shall transport any animal or animal product in intra-Community trade unless it is accompanied by the documents required by Article 3.1.d of Council Directive 90/425/EEC.

(2) No person shall deliver any animal or animal product imported from another member State other than to the address specified in the required consignment documentation unless required to do so by means of a notice served on him by an inspector; and, if an animal or animal product is delivered to an address other than that specified in the required consignment documentation and not in compliance with a notice served by an inspector, an inspector may serve a notice on the person appearing to him to be in charge of the animal or animal product requiring that person to transport it, at that person’s expense, to the address specified in the required consignment documentation.

(3) In the event of a notice served under paragraph (2) not being complied with an inspector may seize or cause to be seized any animal or animal product to which it relates and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

(4) In the case of the transport of cattle or pigs, the provisions of Part II of Schedule 3 shall have effect, and any failure to comply with those provisions may lead to a withdrawal of an authorisation to transport those animals granted under article 12 of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997(10) in accordance with Schedule 9 of that Order.

Dealers

8.—(1) For the purposes of paragraph (2) below the Scottish Ministers shall keep a register of dealers engaging in intra-Community trade who have applied for registration in accordance with that paragraph.

(2) If required to do so by a notice served on him by the Scottish Ministers, a dealer engaging in intra-Community trade in animals and animal products shall register as such with the Scottish Ministers and shall give to him such undertakings as to compliance with these Regulations as shall be specified in the notice.

(3) Any person who has registered under paragraph (2) above shall keep a record of all deliveries of animals and, where a consignment is divided up or subsequently marketed, of the subsequent destination of the animals, and shall keep such records for 12 months from the arrival of the consignment.

(4) In the case of dealers in cattle and pigs the provisions of Part III of Schedule 3 shall have effect instead of paragraphs (1) to (3) above.

Approval of centres and teams

9.—(1) For the purposes of Articles 5 and 13 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC, the Scottish Ministers shall approve any body, institute or centre which has applied for approval in accordance with Article 13 of that Directive and which conforms with the requirements of Annex C to that Directive.

(2) The Scottish Ministers shall suspend, withdraw or restore the approval referred to in paragraph (1) above in accordance with point 3 of Annex C to that Directive.

(3) For the purposes of Article 11 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC, the Scottish Ministers shall approve any semen collection centre or embryo collection team which has applied to the Scottish Ministers for approval in accordance with Article 11 of that Directive and which meets the conditions applicable to it in respect of approval and the performance of its duties as required by Article 11 and Annex D to that Directive.

Inspection and checking at destination

10.—(1) A veterinary inspector shall have power to inspect, at their place of destination, all animals and animal products imported into Scotland from another member State, so as to ensure that the requirements (including requirements on documentation) of the relevant provisions of the Directives or other measures listed in Part I of Schedule 3 and any additional requirements specified in Part I of Schedule 3 have been complied with.

(2) An inspector shall have power to inspect anywhere and at any time all animals and animal products imported from another member State, as well as all accompanying documents, if he has information leading him to suspect an infringement of the Directives or other measures listed in Part I of Schedule 3 and any additional requirements specified in Part I of Schedule 3.

Duties on consignees

11.—(1) No person shall accept a consignment of animals or animal products (other than registered horses accompanied by an identification document provided for by Council Directive 90/427/EEC on the zootechnical and genealogical conditions governing intra-Community trade in equidae)(11) unless the importer or consignee has notified to an authorised inspector in writing, at least 24 hours in advance, the nature of the consignment, its anticipated date of arrival and the place of destination.

(2) A consignee shall retain all certificates sent in accordance with these Regulations for 12 months from the date of arrival.

(3) The authorised inspector in regulation 11(1) shall be the inspector authorised by the Scottish Ministers to receive information about the anticipated date of arrival of imported animals or animal products for the area in which the place of destination is situated.

Assembly centres and slaughterhouses

12.—(1) Any person operating an assembly centre for the purposes of intra-Community trade in cattle, pigs, sheep or goats shall do so in accordance with this regulation.

(2) The assembly centre shall be approved by the Scottish Ministers and given a number, and approval shall only be given if the Scottish Ministers are satisfied that the centre complies with the requirements of paragraphs (a) to (d) of Article 11.1 of Council Directive 64/432/EEC.

(3) In the case of cattle or pigs, the operator shall admit only animals that are identified and come from herds that are eligible for intra-Community trade.

(4) Where animals are consigned to an approved assembly centre, the operator of the assembly centre shall–

(a)ensure that no animal is admitted unless it complies with Article 3.1 of Council Directive 90/425/EEC; and

(b)record on a register–

(i)in the case of cattle and pigs, the name of the owner, the registration number of the transporter and the licence number of the lorry delivering or collecting animals from the centre;

(ii)in the case of cattle, the origin, date of entry and exit, number and identification number and the proposed destination as well as the information in paragraph 4(b)(i) above; and

(iii)in the case of pigs, the registration number of the holding of origin or of the herd of origin and the proposed destination as well as the information in paragraph 4(b)(i) above,

and shall preserve the register for a minimum of three years.

(5) Where animals are consigned to a slaughterhouse under the supervision of an official veterinary surgeon appointed under the provisions of regulation 8 of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995(12) or regulation 8 of the Poultry Meat, Farmed Game Bird Meat and Rabbit Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995(13), the official veterinary surgeon shall ensure that no animal is slaughtered unless it complies with Article 3.1 of Council Directive 90/425/EEC.

(6) If, in carrying out inspections under the preceding paragraph, the official veterinary surgeon establishes that animals imported from another member State are accompanied by incorrect certification or cannot readily be identified, he shall forthwith notify a veterinary inspector authorised by the Scottish Ministers to receive such notification, who shall examine the animals and shall either–

(a)certify that they are fit to be slaughtered and used for their intended purpose; or

(b)by notice in writing served on the official veterinary surgeon require the animals to be slaughtered and destroyed or re-exported, in each case at the expense of the importer.

(7) Where paragraphs (4) and (5) above do not apply, any person who markets any animal consigned to him from another member State, or divides up batches of such animals for distribution or marketing–

(a)shall check, before the batch is divided up or marketed, that all the animals comply with the relevant provisions of the Directives or other measures listed in Part I of Schedule 3, with respect to identification marks and required consignment documentation;

(b)shall immediately notify any irregularity or anomaly to a veterinary inspector authorised by the Scottish Ministers to receive such notification; and

(c)if there is a breach of Article 3.1.d of Council Directive 90/425/EEC(14), shall isolate the animals in question until a veterinary inspector authorised by the Scottish Ministers to do so has authorised their release in writing.

Illegal consignments

13.—(1) If a veterinary inspector knows of or suspects the presence of agents responsible for a disease referred to in Schedule 4 or of a zoonosis, any other disease or any cause likely to constitute a serious hazard to animals or humans in animals or animal products imported from another member State, or that those animals or animal products have come from a region contaminated by an epizootic disease, he may by notice served on the person appearing to him to have charge of those animals or products, require that person–

(a)immediately to detain the imported animal product, imported animal or any animal which has been in contact with such imported animal (and, in the case of detained animals, whether imported or animals which have been in contact with imported animals, keep them isolated from other animals), at such place as may be specified in the notice, and to take such further action in relation to them as may be so specified for the purpose of preventing the introduction or spreading of disease into or within Scotland; or

(b)without delay, to slaughter them, or slaughter and destroy them, or cause them to be slaughtered and destroyed, or, in the case of products, destroy them or cause them to be destroyed, in accordance with such conditions as may be specified in the notice.

(2) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (3) below, if an inspector knows or suspects that an animal or animal product does not comply with the provisions of Article 3 of Council Directive 90/425/EEC, he may, if animal health and welfare considerations so permit, give the consignor or his representative or the person appearing to him to have charge of those animals or products by way of notice the choice of–

(a)where the cause of non-compliance is the presence in animals of residues in excess of that permitted under regulation 9 of and Schedule 1 to the Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) Regulations 1997(15), maintaining the animals under supervision until the residue levels fall to the levels permitted by the legislation and, in the event of the residue levels not falling to the permitted levels, requiring him to take whatever action is specified in that legislation;

(b)slaughtering the animals or destroying the products in accordance with such conditions as may be specified in the notice; or

(c)returning the animals or products to the member State of despatch, with the authorisation of the competent authority of the member State of despatch and with prior notification to any member State of transit.

(3) If the consignment fails to comply with legislation only by reason of irregularity in documentation, an inspector shall not cause the animals or animal products to be returned to the country of despatch without first giving the consignor, his representative or the person appearing to him to have charge of those animals or products a notice requiring him to produce the required consignment documentation within 7 days and to detain the animal or animal product in accordance with such conditions as may be specified in the notice.

(4) In the event of any notice served under this Regulation not being complied with an inspector may seize or cause to be seized any animal or animal product to which it relates, and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

PART IIITHIRD COUNTRIES

Application of Part III

14.  This Part of these Regulations shall apply in respect of animals imported into Scotland–

(a)from anywhere except from another part of the United Kingdom or from another member State; and

(b)from another member State if the animals originated in a country which is not a member State and all the checks provided for in Council Directive 91/496/EEC(16) have not been carried out.

Official veterinarians

15.  The Scottish Ministers shall from time to time designate such veterinary inspectors to act as official veterinarians as shall be necessary for the purposes of this Part of these Regulations and may revoke such designation at any time.

Importation

16.—(1) No person shall import any animal–

(a)either for entry into Scotland or for export to another member State unless the conditions in Article 5 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC are complied with; or

(b)for immediate re-export, either directly or indirectly, outside the European Community unless such transit has been previously authorised in writing by the Scottish Ministers and the conditions in Article 9 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC have been complied with.

(2) No person shall import any animal except from a country or territory specified under the Decisions in Part I of Schedule 5.

(3) No person shall import any animal to which a Directive or Decision listed in Part II of Schedule 5 applies unless it complies with the relevant provisions of that Directive or Decision and any additional requirements specified in that Part.

(4) If an animal is imported for slaughter, the importer shall ensure that it is slaughtered without delay; and if it is not slaughtered without undue delay, an inspector may by notice served on the importer, his representative or person in charge of the animals require the animals to be slaughtered as may be specified in the notice.

(5) In the event of a notice served under paragraph (4) not being complied with an inspector may seize or cause to be seized any animal to which it relates and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

Places of import

17.—(1) No person shall import any animal except at a border inspection post specified in Schedule 2 for that species of animal, except that animals specified in Schedule 1 to the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974(17) may also be imported at places permitted under that Order.

(2) If animals are imported at any place other than a place permitted under paragraph (1) above, an inspector may, by notice in writing, require the person appearing to him to be in charge of the consignment to detain and isolate the animals in accordance with the notice and the following provisions of this regulation shall have effect.

(3) Following examination of the animals by a veterinary inspector, the veterinary inspector may serve a further notice on the person appearing to him to be in charge of the consignment either releasing the animals from restriction or requiring the animals to be slaughtered or slaughtered and destroyed or re-exported outside the European Community.

(4) In the event of a notice served under paragraphs (2) or (3) above not being complied with, an inspector may seize the animal or cause it to be seized and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

Import procedure

18.—(1) No person shall import any animal unless he has given one working day’s notice in writing of his intention to do so, specifying the number, nature and estimated time of arrival of the animal, to the official veterinarian of the border inspection post through which the animal is to be imported.

(2) On importation, the importer or his agent shall convey the animal, under the supervision of the enforcement authority, directly to the border inspection post examination area or, where the decisions listed in Schedule 5 or the animal health conditions applicable to imports so require, to a quarantine centre as provided for in the second indent of the first sub-paragraph of Article 10.1 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC.

(3) No person shall remove any animal from a quarantine centre or border inspection post unless there has been provided by the official veterinarian a certificate in the form required under Council Directive 91/496/EEC that all necessary veterinary checks have been carried out in accordance with Articles 4.1, 4.2.a, 4.2.b, 4.2.d, 8 and 9 of that Directive to his satisfaction.

(4) No person shall remove any animal from Customs temporary storage arrangements–

(a)unless the certificate provided under paragraph (3) above has been provided by that person to an officer of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and the removal has been authorised by that officer; or

(b)to any place other than the address specified in the required consignment documentation unless he has been required to remove it to another place by means of a notice served on him by an inspector.

(5) Where a check involves the taking of a sample for testing and the test result is not immediately available, the official veterinarian may by notice served on the owner or the person in charge of an animal release that animal from the border inspection post, and require that person to keep the animal in accordance with such conditions as may be specified in the notice until the test results are available; and if the test reveals that the animal does not comply with the provisions of Article 5 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC then the provisions of regulation 21 below shall apply as they apply at a border inspection post.

(6) In the event of a notice served under paragraph (4) or (5) above not being complied with a veterinary inspector may seize or cause to be seized any animal to which it relates, and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

Payment of fees

19.  The official veterinarian shall not authorise the release of animals from a quarantine centre or border inspection post unless he is satisfied that all veterinary checks for which a charge is made have been paid for, and that, where relevant, a deposit covering any cost provided for in Article 9.1.a, 9.2, the second and third indents of Article 10.1, Article 10.6 and Article 12.2 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC has been lodged.

Consignments constituting a danger to health

20.  Where checks at the quarantine centre or border inspection post or the test results referred to in regulation 18(5) above reveal that an animal or a consignment of animals is likely to constitute a danger to animal or human health, the official veterinarian shall immediately seize and destroy the animal or consignment (as the case may be), and the costs of such action shall be payable by the importer or his representative.

Illegal consignments

21.—(1) Where checks at the quarantine centre or border inspection post reveal that the animals do not comply with Article 5 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC(18) or Articles 3, 4 or 5 of Council Directive 91/628/EEC(19), a veterinary inspector shall, by notice served on the person appearing to him to have charge of those animals, require that person to–

(a)shelter, feed and water and, if necessary, treat the animals;

(b)place them in quarantine or isolate the consignment at such place as may be specified in the notice, and to take such other action in relation to the animals as may be necessary for the purpose of preventing the introduction or spreading of disease into or within Scotland; or

(c)re-dispatch them outside the territory of the European Community, where animal health or welfare considerations so permit, within such period as may be specified in the notice.

(2) Before exercising any of the powers in paragraph (1) above the veterinary inspector shall consult the importer or his representative.

(3) If the animals are re-dispatched in accordance with paragraph (1)(c) above, the official veterinarian shall cancel the veterinary certificate or document accompanying the rejected consignment.

(4) If in the opinion of the veterinary inspector re-dispatch is not possible, in particular for reasons of the welfare of animals, he shall serve a notice on the person appearing to him to have charge of the animals in accordance with the following paragraph.

(5) A notice served under the preceding paragraph may authorise slaughter of the animals for human consumption if the animals comply with all legislative requirements which must be complied with before slaughter for human consumption is permitted but, if this is not possible, shall either–

(a)order the slaughter of the animals for purposes other than human consumption; or

(b)order the slaughter of the animals or the destruction of the carcases,

specifying in each case the conditions regarding control of the use of the products obtained.

(6) In the event of a notice served under paragraph (1) or (4) above not being complied with a veterinary inspector may seize or cause to be seized any animal to which it relates, and arrange for the requirements of the notice to be complied with.

(7) The importer or his representative shall be liable for the costs incurred in measures under this regulation, but shall be entitled, after deduction of costs, to the proceeds of any sale.

Arrival at the place of destination

22.  On their arrival at the place of destination, animals for breeding and production shall be detained at the premises by the person having control of those premises, and that person shall not release them from those premises unless authorised in writing by an authorised officer of the Scottish Ministers.

Post-import controls

23.—(1) Where a veterinary inspector knows or suspects that import conditions have not been complied with or there is doubt as to the identity of an animal, he may carry out any veterinary checks on that animal that he deems appropriate.

(2) If the checks confirm that import conditions were not complied with, then the provisions of regulation 21 above shall apply as they apply at a border inspection post and, in the case of the exercise of a power to place the animals in quarantine or isolate them, a veterinary inspector may additionally require the placing in quarantine or isolation of other animals which have been in contact with the imported animals.

PART IVIMPORTS WHERE CHECKS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN ANOTHER MEMBER STATE

Application of Part IV

24.  This Part of these Regulations shall apply in respect of animals imported into Scotland and which originated outside the European Community but in respect of which all the checks required under Council Directive 91/496/EEC have been carried out in another member State.

Imports

25.  No person shall import any animal to which this Part applies unless it is accompanied by the certificate of examination and the authenticated copy of the original health certificate issued at the point of importation into the European Community under Article 7.1 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC.

Import procedure

26.  The provisions of regulations 7 to 13, 16(2) and (3), 22 and 23 of these Regulations shall apply in relation to animals to which this Part applies.

PART VGENERAL

Outbreaks of disease in other states

27.—(1) This regulation shall apply where the Scottish Ministers learn of or have reasonable grounds to suspect, either under the procedures set out in Article 10 of Council Directive 90/425/EEC(20) or Article 18 of Council Directive 91/496/EEC, or through any other means, the presence in any other state of a disease referred to in Schedule 4, a zoonosis or any other disease or phenomenon liable to present a serious threat to public or animal health.

(2) In the circumstances described in paragraph (1) above, the Scottish Ministers may, for the purpose of preventing the introduction or spreading of disease into or within Scotland, by a declaration to be published in such manner as they think fit, give notice of the existence in another state of any disease or zoonosis or other cause likely to constitute a serious hazard, the area subject to the outbreak, and the types of animal or animal product affected.

(3) Upon such declaration being made, the entry into Scotland of any animal or animal product which is the subject of the declaration shall be in breach of the conditions of import in these Regulations unless it satisfies such conditions as may be specified in the declaration.

(4) A declaration made under this regulation may specify conditions under which the animal or animal product which is the subject of the declaration may be imported.

Notification of decisions

28.  If the consignor or his representative, or the importer or his representative, so requests, any decision taken refusing entry or varying the conditions of entry shall be forwarded to him in writing by the person taking the decision, giving the reasons for the decision and the details of his right of appeal against the decision, including the relevant time limits.

Powers of inspectors

29.—(1) Subject to regulation 10 above, an inspector shall, on producing, if required to do so, some duly authenticated document showing his authority, have the right at all reasonable hours to enter any land or premises for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is or has been on the premises any contravention of these Regulations; and in this regulation “premises” includes any place, installation, vehicle, ship, vessel, boat, craft, hovercraft or aircraft.

(2) An inspector shall have powers to carry out all checks and examinations necessary for the enforcement of Council Directive 90/425/EEC and Council Directive 91/496/EEC, and in particular may–

(a)carry out inspections of any processes used for the marking and identification of animals, any premises and any installation;

(b)carry out checks on whether staff are complying with the requirements of the Directives or other measures listed in Part I of Schedule 3 relating to animal products;

(c)take samples (and, if necessary, send the samples for laboratory testing) from–

(i)animals held with a view to being sold, put on the market or transported;

(ii)products held with a view to being stored or sold, put on the market or transported;

(iii)animals or animal products being transported in the course of intra-Community trade;

(iv)animals at a border inspection post in the case of third country imports; or

(v)animals or animal products at the place of destination in the case of an import from another member State;

(d)examine documentary or data processing material relevant to the checks carried out under these Regulations; and

(e)take with him a representative of the European Commission acting for the purposes of Council Directives 90/425/EEC or 91/496/EEC.

Recovery of expenses

30.  The consignor, his representative and the person in charge of any animals or animal product shall be jointly and severally liable for any reasonable expenses arising out of or in connection with the exercise of any power conferred on an inspector by these Regulations relating to those animals or animal products.

Obstruction

31.—(1) No person shall–

(a)intentionally obstruct any person acting in the execution of these Regulations;

(b)without reasonable cause, fail to give to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any assistance or information which that person may reasonably require of him for the purposes of his functions under these Regulations; or

(c)furnish to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any information which he knows to be false or misleading.

(2) Nothing in paragraph (1)(b) above shall be construed as requiring any person to answer any question or give any information if to do so might incriminate him.

Offences by bodies corporate

32.—(1) Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under these Regulations, and that offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of–

(a)any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate; or

(b)any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity,

he as well as the body corporate, shall be guilty of the offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) above, “director” in relation to a body corporate whose affairs are managed by its members, means a member of the body corporate.

(3) Where an offence under these Regulations is committed by a Scottish partnership and is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, a partner, he as well as the partnership shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Penalties

33.—(1) A person contravening any provision of these Regulations or any notice served under them shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under regulation 31(1)(a) or (b) above shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.

(3) A person guilty of any other offence under these Regulations shall be liable–

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment not exceeding three months or to both; or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

Disapplication of provisions

34.  The provisions of the legislation listed in Schedule 6 shall not apply to imports from another member State of animals and animal products to which a Directive or other measure referred to in Part I of Schedule 3 applies, or to imports of an animal to which a Directive or other measure referred to in Schedule 5 applies from the country subject to that Directive or other measure, to the extent specified in column 3 of Schedule 6.

Revocations

35.  The Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) Regulations 1998(21) are revoked.

ROSS FINNIE

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

23rd June 2000

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