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Untreated Wool and Hair Produced from Animals other than those of the Porcine Species

1. Wool’, is defined in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC, the natural fibre grown by sheep or lambs.

 

2. ‘Fine animal hair’, is defined in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC, the hair of alpaca, llama, vicuna, camel (including dromedary), yak, angora, Tibetan, Kashmir or similar goats (but not common goats), rabbit, (including angora rabbit), hare, beaver, nutria or muskrat.

 

3. ‘Coarse animal hair’, is defined in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC, the hair of animals not mentioned above, excluding brush-making hair and bristles and horsehair.

4. ‘Horsehair’, is defined in Commission Decision 2007/275/EC, hair of the manes or tails of equine or bovine animals

 

5. Untreated wool or hair is defined in Annex 1 of Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011 as wool or hair which has not:

 

i. Undergone factory washing

 

ii. Been obtained from tanning

 

 

 

or

 

iii. Been treated by another method that ensures that no unacceptable risks remain

 

iv. Been produced from animals other than those of the porcine species, and has undergone factory-washing which consisting of the immersion of the wool in series of baths of water, soap and sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide

 

v. Been produced from animals other than those of the porcine species, is intended for being dispatched directly to a plant producing derived products from wool for the textile industry and has undergone at least one of the following treatments:

 

  1. Chemical depilation by means of slaked lime or sodium sulphide
  2. Fumigation in formaldehyde in a hermetically sealed chamber for at least 24 hours
  3. Industrial scouring which consists of the immersion of wool in a water-soluble detergent held at 60–70 °C
  4. Storage, which may include the journey time, at 37 °C for eight days, 18 °C for 28 days or 4 °C for 120 days

6. The raw materials used in the production of untreated wool and hair produced from animals other than those of the porcine species must be sourced from Category 3 material referred to in Article 10(h) and (n) in Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Dry untreated wool and hair may be exported to the EU from any Third Country if it meets the following requirements:

  • Is securely packaged
  • Is sent directly to a plant producing derived products for uses outside the feed chain or a plant carrying out intermediate operations, under conditions which prevent the spreading of pathogenic agents.

2. Wool and hair referred to in Article 25(2)(e) in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011, may be exported to the EU, which meets all of the following requirements:

 

i. It was produced at least 21 days before the date of entry into the Union and kept in a third country or region thereof which is:

 

 

  • Listed in Part 1 of Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 and authorised for imports into the Union of fresh meat of ruminants not subject to supplementary guarantees A and F mentioned therein
  • Free of foot-and-mouth disease, and, in the case of wool and hair from sheep and goats, of sheep pox and goat pox in accordance with the basic general criteria listed in Annex II to Directive 2004/68/EC

 

 

ii. It is accompanied by a importers' declaration as required in accordance with Chapter 21 of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

 

3. Lists of approved establishments may be found here (Animal by-products: Section III).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. A health certificate is not required for untreated wool and hair that meets the following requirements:

  • Is securely enclosed in packaging

and

  • Is sent directly to a plant producing derived products for uses outside the feed chain or a plant carrying out intermediate operations, under conditions which prevent the spreading of pathogenic agents.

 

2. Untreated wool and hair referred to in Article 25(2)(e) of Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011 shall be presented at a Community Border Inspection Post accompanied by a declaration from the importer drawn up in conformity with the model declaration found in Chapter 21 of Annex XV in Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011.

 

3. The importer should ensure that only the relevant paragraphs and, where appropriate, additional guarantees and/or special conditions applicable to the exporting country are included.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Consignments of untreated wool and hair, referred to in Article 25(2)(e) of Regulation (EU) No. 142/2011, entering the EU must be inspected at an EU-approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) where Member States' official veterinarians ensure they fulfil all the requirements provided for in the EU legislation.

2. The person responsible for the load being imported (the importer or a customs agent acting on their behalf) must give the BIP at the intended point of entry advance notification of the arrival of the consignment.

3. There is a required minimum pre-notification notice period of at least 24 hours’ notice in advance of the consignment’s arrival.

4. Failure to submit correct documentation within this timeline may result in significant delays in the consignment being processed through the Border Inspection Post.

5. Pre-notification is given by the submission of Part 1 of the Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVED-P), as is laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 136/2004, through the online TRACES system.

6. Copies of other supporting documentation associated with the consignment should be submitted at this time as well - such as the Declaration document Invoice, Packing list etc.

1. Providing all the documentation has been submitted correctly and within the correct timeframes, a large proportion of the documentary check can be commenced in advance of the consignment’s arrival. This includes examination of the veterinary certificate and other documents accompanying a consignment.

2. Provided all is in order with the documentary check, the consignment will then be subject to an identity check at the BIP to ensure it identifies with the consignment that was declared in the documentation.

3. A proportion of consignments will be selected for a full physical inspection with/without sampling as appropriate.

4. Upon satisfactory completion of the required checks, the decision is entered in Part 2 of the CVED which must accompany the consignment to the first place of destination referred to in the CVED.

5. If the consignment does not meet the import requirements, the consignment may be rejected and either re-exported or destroyed.