Importation of Products of Animal Origin (Non-Commercial)
Friday, 23 April 2010 09:42
Veterinary Services issues permits for people who are bringing non-food animal products into Barbados.
AN IMPORT PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR THE IMPORTATION OF ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS INTO BARBADOS.
Section 18 of The Animals (Diseases and Importation) Act, Cap 253 and The Animals (Diseases and Importation Control) Regulations, 1961 states:
“No animal products, including hides, skins, horns, hair, wool, bones, bone meal, meat scrap and tankage shall be imported into the island except in accordance with the terms of a permit granted by the Senior Veterinary Officer and subject to such conditions as he may therein impose”.
It is the importer’s responsibility to contact Veterinary Services to apply for the permit - this must be obtained prior to shipment of the product.
Import conditions may be subject to change depending on the animal health status of the country from which imports may be made.
- See the list of non-food animal products .
- If you are considering importing products derived from exotic animals (certain species of birds and reptiles), contact the Natural Heritage Department of the Ministry of Environment, Water Resources and Drainage.
- Please contact Veterinary Services for additional information.
- Upon arrival at the port of entry, YOU MUST DECLARE all products of animal origin accompanying you in the appropriate section of the Customs Declaration form, whether the items are in checked baggage, hand luggage or on your person.
- Present your completed Customs Declaration form to a Customs Officer.
- Present the products, along with your import permit, to an Agricultural Quarantine Officer for inspection at the Agricultural Quarantine Station.
When the passenger arrives at the Agricultural Quarantine Station, the products will be examined by a Veterinary Inspector. As long as they meet all the conditions for entry, they will be released to the passenger.
FAILURE TO DECLARE ANY PRODUCTS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE CONFISCATION OF THE PRODUCT AND YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO A FINE.
IF IN DOUBT, DECLARE!