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Import of livestock and livestock products- Regarding

I am directed to invite your attention to the instances of importation of live animals/ livestock products through the Ports/ Airports which do not have quarantine facilities.

2. The Board has issued a Circular No. 43/2001-Cus. dated 06.08.2001 which, interalia, provides for restriction on the imports of livestock products through the seaports or airports located at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, where the Animal Quarantine and Certification Services Stations are located.

3. The Exim policy, has restricted the importation of any live animal (livestock) i.e. importation is allowed only on the basis of licence issued by the DGFT. While issuing licence, the DGFT requires the recommendation of the specified agencies like Chief Wildlife Warden of the State; Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services of the State or the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Agriculture; Department of Agriculture and co-operation. Import of Wild Animal (including their parts and products) as defined in the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 is prohibited.

4. All field formations are required to strictly comply with the provisions of the extant laws regarding importation of livestock and livestock products & wild animals. You are, therefore, requested to issue clear instructions not to allow clearance of livestock / livestock products & wild animals without quarantine clearance and deport the same to the country of origin if those imported at the ports/ airports other than located at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai, where animal quarantine & certification facilities are not available.

Please acknowledge receipt of this communication.

Yours faithfully,

(Anupam Prakash)
Under Secretary to the Government of India