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Intra-EU trade in bovine animals and swine

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Intra-EU trade in bovine animals and swine

 

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Directive 64/432/EEC on animal health problems affecting intra-EU trade in bovine animals and swine

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

  • It sets out rules for trade within the European Union (EU) of bovine* animals or swine* for breeding, milk or meat production, slaughter or exhibition.
  • It does not cover animals used for sporting or cultural events.

KEY POINTS

  • The transport to another EU country of animals covered by the directive is only authorised if the animals:
    • do not show signs of disease;
    • have not been obtained from a prohibited or restricted source under EU or national law;
    • are officially identified, in accordance with EU directives and regulations;
    • are accompanied by a health certificate during transport;
    • come from a herd officially free of tuberculosis, brucellosis or enzootic bovine leukosis (applies only to bovine animals);
    • do not come into contact with animals of a lower health status during transport.
  • Vehicles used to transport animals should respect their well-being and must:
    • be constructed so that animal waste, litter or feed does not leak from the vehicle;
    • be cleaned and disinfected after use and, if necessary, before any new loading of animals, using approved methods;
    • carry a record of location, including date and time of the movement of animals, details of animals transported, and vehicle cleaning and disinfection information, to be retained for at least 3 years.
  • Animals for slaughter must be slaughtered within 72 hours if transported directly to an abattoir, or 3 working days if they arrive via an approved assembly centre.
  • The suspected presence of any relevant diseases on the holding has to be notified to the competent authority.
  • Health certificates have to be drawn up by the official vet after inspection.
  • All dealers, their premises and holdings, must be registered and approved, and EU countries must introduce a system of surveillance, with penalties in order to ensure compliance.

Repeal

Directive 64/432/EEC will be repealed by Regulation (EU) 2016/429 from 21 April 2021.

FROM WHEN DOES IT APPLY?

It had to be incorporated into the national law of the original 6 European Economic Community (now EU) countries by 30 June 1965.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

* KEY TERMS

bovine: a sub-family of animals which includes cattle, zebu, yak, bison and buffalo.

swine: a sub-family of animals which includes pigs and wild boar.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Directive 64/432/EEC of 26 June 1964 on animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine (English special edition: Series I Volume 1963-1964, pp. 164-184)

Successive amendments to Directive 64/432/EEC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED ACTS

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on transmissible animal diseases and amending and repealing certain acts in the area of animal health (‘Animal Health Law’) (OJ L 84, 31.3.2016, pp. 1–208)

last update 17.10.2016

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