Saudi Arabia lifts ban on imports of cattle, sheep and goats from Georgia and and chicks from Belgium

RIYADH: The Ministry of Agriculture of Saudi Arabia has issued a decision lifting the ban on the import of cattle, sheep, and goats for the purpose of slaughtering and breeding from the Republic of Georgia, subject to a number of conditions.

It has also lifted the ban on the importation of hatching eggs and chicks from the Kingdom of Belgium.

Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported today ministry’s decision which stated that all consignments for the purpose of slaughtering and breeding should be accompanied by a health certificate from competent governmental authorities in Georgia after its modification in accordance with the terms of the World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, as well as the conditions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

These animals shall be numbered and remained in quarantine for a period of no less than 21 days at approved places by the Ministry of Agriculture and under its full and direct supervision.

The conditions also include the vaccination of animals with foot and mouth disease vaccine based on the applicable programme in the Republic of Georgia with the shipment of the consignment of the animals in a period not exceeding three months from the date of their last vaccination.

Similarly, the Ministry of Agriculture has issued a decision to lift the ban on the importation of hatching eggs and chicks from the Kingdom of Belgium, subject to conditions.

SOURCE: WAM