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Republic of Vanuatu

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries

Department of Livestock and Quarantine (DLQ)

Animal Importation and Quarantine Act No.7 of 1988 Schedule 16

IMPORT HEALTH STANDARD FOR THE IMPORTATION INTO VANUATU OF BOVINE SEMEN FROM AUSTRALIA.

 

USER GUIDE

The information in Vanuatu DLQ animal and animal product import health standards is presented in numerically ordered sections with descriptive titles. Sections are grouped into one of four parts designated alphabetically.

Part A GENERAL INFORMATION contains sections of general interest, including those relating to legal basis for the import health standards and the general responsibilities of every importer of animals and animal products.

Part B IMPORTATION PROCEDURE contains sections that stipulate the requirements to be met prior to and during importation. This covers whether an import license is needed prior to import; also animal or animal product eligibility, method of transport and general conditions relating to documentation accompanying the consignment.

Part C CLEARANCE PROCEDURE contains information describing the requirements to be met at the Vanuatu border before the consignment of animals or animal products is cleared for release by Vanuatu DLQ and any requirements to be met following clearance and release.

Part D ZOOSANITARY CERTIFICATION contains model health certification, to be completed by the appropriate personnel as indicated in the certificate, which must accompany the consignment of animals or animal products to Vanuatu

PART A. GENERAL INFORMATION

1 IMPORT HEALTH STANDARD

1.1 Pursuant to Schedule 16 of the Animal Importation and Quarantine Act. No. 7 1988, this document is the import health standard for the importation into Vanuatu of bovine embryos from Australia.

1.2 Obtaining quarantine clearance for each consignment of bovine embryos imported into Vanuatu from Australia is dependent on the consignment meeting the requirements of this import health standard.

1.3 This import health standard may be reviewed, amended or revoked if there are changes in Vanuatu's import policy or the animal health status of the originating country, or for any other lawful reason, at the discretion of the Principal Veterinary Officer of Vanuatu DQL

2 IMPORTERS RESPONSIBILITIES

2.1

The costs of Vanuatu DLQ in performing functions relating to the importation of bovine semen shall be borne by the importer or the importer's agent.

2.2

All costs involved with documentation, transport, storage and obtaining quarantine clearance and/or direction shall be borne by the importer or the importer's agent

2.3

It is the responsibility of the importer to arrange for any additional health certificate, treatment or testing of animals (eg. Testing for inherited diseases or genetic defects); to meet the requirements of any voluntary disease program being undertaken on the importing property.

2.4

The importer or agent must nominate a person resident in Vanuatu who will be accessible to Vanuatu DLQ officers and who will accept the responsibility for ensuring that all import requirements are met.

2.5

The importer will be charged for services provided by the Vanuatu Government. If any embryos are damaged or destroyed during any period of control, compensation will not be paid by the Vanuatu Government.

3 DEFINITION OF TERMS

Principal Veterinary Officer ( PVO)

Is a Veterinarian in the full time employ of the Vanuatu Government charged with the responsibility of maintaining the biosecurity of Vanuatu as part of his/her duties.

Biosecurity

To prevent the entry of any biological agent that may be harmful to the livestock industry, public health, natural fauna of Vanuatu, or any other industry of Vanuatu.

Equivalence

Means acceptance by the PVO, or his authorized agent, that the circumstances relating to the importation of a consignment are such that the health status of the consignment is equivalent to the health status required by the official Vanuatu import health standard.

Herd of origin

The herd in which the animal(s) resided prior to entering pre-export quarantine.

Import Permit

An import permit issued by Vanuatu DLQ is required for each consignment to ensure compliance with the biosecurity standards of Vanuatu

Official Veterinarian

An official veterinarian means a veterinarian authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Australia to perform animal health and/or public health inspections of commodities and/or animals and when appropriate, perform certification in conformity with the provisions of the chapter of the OIE Code pertaining to principles of certification.

OIE Code

The Office International des Epizooties Terrestrial Animal Health Code

4 EQUIVALENCE

Quarantine clearance will not normally be given to a consignment that does not meet the requirements of this import health standard in every respect.

Occasionally it is found that due to circumstances beyond the control of the importer or exporter a consignment does not comply with the requirements of this import health standard. In such a case, an application for equivalence submitted prior to importation will be considered and may be given at the discretion of the PVO if the following information is provided by the exporting country's government veterinary authority:

4.1 The clause(s) of the import health standard that cannot be met and how this occurred.

4.2 The reason(s) why the consignment may be considered of equivalent health status to a consignment complying with this import health standard, and/or what proposal is made to achieve an equivalent health status.

4.3 The reason(s) why the veterinary authority believes this proposal should be acceptable to Vanuatu DLQ.

PART B. IMPORTATION PROCEDURE

5 PERMIT TO IMPORT

5.1 A permit to import must be obtained from Vanuatu DLQ office Port Vila or Luganville

5.2 The importer must supply the following information:

5.2.1 name and address of exporter,

5.2.2 name and address of semen collection centre

5.2.3 name, address and telephone number of a person residing in Vanuatu nominated to be responsible for ensuring all import requirements are met following the embryos arrival in Vanuatu,

5.2.4 breed(s) of donor animals of semen to be imported,

5.2.5 number of semen straws/ampoules to be imported,

5.2.6 name and address of importer.

5.3 The permit to import will be issued for a single consignment. Attached to the import permit and an integral part of that permit is the current import health standard describing the conditions under which the semen may be imported into Vanuatu.

6 ELIGBILITY

6.1 All the requirements in this import health standard, including those detailed in the Model Zoosanitary Certificate must be met for the semen to be eligible for import.

6.2 Each donor animal must remain resident on the semen collection center for the whole of the 30 day period prior to the first collection of semen for each consignment.

6.3 The semen must be collected at a dedicated semen collection center

6.4 The semen collection centre must be under periodic audit of its performance by the competent veterinary authority in Australia.

6.5. Identification

6.5.1 The identification of the donor animals and the date/s of collection must be shown on the veterinary certificates accompanying the semen

6.5.2 All straws/ampoules must be permanently marked with the identification and breed of the donor animals, the dates of collection and registration of the semen collection centre. If a code is used for this information, its decipher must accompany the consignment documentation.

7 DOCUMENTATION ACCOMPANYING THE CONSIGNMENT

7.1 The consignment shall be accompanied by the import permit and completed health certification that meets the requirements of PART D ZOOSANITARY CERTIFICATION.

7.2 The importer must ensure that all documentation presented as required by the import health standard is original and clearly legible. Failure to do so may result in delays in obtaining quarantine clearance or cause the rejection of the consignment.

PART C CLEARANCE PROCEDURE

1 QUARANTINE CLEARANCE

1.1 Upon arrival in Vanuatu the documentation accompanying the consignment will be inspected by a Vanuatu DLQ officer.

1.2 Providing the accompanying documentation meets all requirements noted under PART D ZOOSANITARY CERTIFICATION and the consignment meets conditions of eligibility the consignment will be released to the importer. DLQ reserves the right to impose post import quarantine conditions on the consignment.

PART D ZOOSANITARY CERTIFICATION

The following is a model of the zoosanitary certificate that must accompany the consignment of bovine semen from Australia into Vanuatu.

Zoosanitary Certification for Bovine Semen Imported into Vanuatu from Australia

Import Permit Number:

Exporting Country: Australia

Competent Authority: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)

Information concerning the donor animals and semen:

Animal Identification

Breed

Date of Birth

Date donor entered centre

Animal Identification

Date(s) of collection

Straw identification

Number of straws

Total number of straws in consignment:

1        Origin of semen

Name, address and approval/registration number of semen collection centre:

Name and address of exporter:

2        Destination of semen

Name and address of importer in Vanuatu:

Sanitary information

VETERINARY CERTIFICATE

I, ………………………………., an official veterinarian of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) certify, after due enquiry, in regard to the semen and donor animals identified in this certificate, that:

(A) For semen produced in Australia:

1 Country freedom

1.1 Australia is free from brucellosis (Brucella abortus), bovine spongiform encephalopathy, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, foot and mouth disease, lumpy skin disease, rinderpest, rabies and vesicular stomatitis.

Vaccination against these diseases is not carried out in Australia unless required by an exporting country.

1.2 Australia is officially free from bovine tuberculosis.

2 Semen collection centre

2.1 The semen collection centre at which the semen was collected:

2.1.1 Is approved by AQIS

2.1.2 Is under the direct supervision and control of a centre

veterinarian who is approved by AQIS

2.1.3 Is inspected by an official veterinarian at least annually.

2.2 The semen collection centre has been free from the following diseases/organisms based upon testing and surveillance for the 12 months prior to the first collection of semen for this consignment; bovine viral diarrhoea virus, Enzootic Bovine Leucosis, Campylobacteriosis fetus venerealis and Trichomonas foetus.

2.3 The semen collection centre is free from IBR/IPV or, if not considered free, (if the serological status of the bull is unknown or if the bull is serologically positive) the semen was tested as described under 4.5.

3        Health status of donor bull

3.1       The donor bull has lived continuously in Australia for at least the past 90 days, and has resided in the herd of origin for at least 30 days prior to entering the semen collection centre.

3.2         The herd of origin and the semen collection centre were free of any quarantine restrictions for at least 90 days prior to collection of the first semen sample and until completion of this consignment.

3.3 The donor bull was resident in the semen collection centre, under veterinary supervision, for at least 30 days prior to first collection of semen.

3.4 During the pre-collection period the donor bull did not perform natural service and was isolated from animals not of an equivalent health status

3.5 During the collection period the donor bull showed no clinical signs of Johne's disease or other diseases known to be transmitted by artificial insemination.

4 Testing of donor bulls

4.1                For Bluetongue (BT) and epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus (EHD)

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 For bluetongue the donors:

 EITHER

Were kept in a licensed semen centre located in a region certified free from bluetongue for a minimum of 60 consecutive days before commencement of, and during, collection of the semen.

 OR

Were tested negative for bluetongue using a BT competition ELISA or the BT AGID test every 60 days during the semen collection period, and between 28 and 60 days after the last collection for this consignment;

 Date of test: ……………………………………………………

 OR

Were tested negative for bluetongue by a virus isolation test or PCR test on blood samples collected at the start and conclusion of, and at least every 7 days (virus isolation test) or at least every 28 days (PCR test) during semen collection for this consignment

 Date of test: ………………………………………………………..

 OR

Each batch of semen to be exported was tested negative for bluetongue using a virus isolation test.

 Date of test: …………………………………………………………..

For epizootic haemorrhagic disease (EHD) the donors:

Were subjected to serological tests to detect antibodies to EHD, such as the competition ELISA or the agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID), between 28 and 60 days after the last collection for this consignment with negative results;

Date of test: ……………………………………………………………

 OR

The donors were subjected to tests for EHD, such as a virus isolation test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on blood samples collected at commencement and conclusion of, and at least every 7 days (virus isolation test) or at least every 28 days (PCR test) during semen collection for this consignment, with negative results.

 Date of test: ……………………………………………………………….

 OR

 Each batch of semen to be exported was tested negative using a virus isolation test.

Date of test: ………………………………………………………………….

4.2  Q fever: Between 10 and 60 days after the final collection of semen for export to Vanuatu, the donor animals were tested with negative results for Q fever using the complement fixation test (CFT) (negative being no fixation of complement at a dilution of 1:10 or higher) or the ELISA

Test used: ……………………………………………………………………..

Date of sample collection: …………………………………………………….

4.3 On the semen collection centre the donor bull was tested, with negative results, for the following diseases within the 12-month period prior to semen collection:

4.3.1        Campylobacter fetus subsp venerealis using culture examination of preputial washings

Date of test: …………………………………………………….

4.3.2 Trichomonas fetus using direct microscopic examination and culture examination of preputial washings

Date of test: ……………………………………………………..

4.4      Prior to entering the semen collection centre the donor bull was tested, with negative results, for Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) virus using either an antigen ELISA on peripheral blood leucocytes, or PCR, or virus isolation.

Date of test: ……………………………………………………….

4.5      If the semen collection centre is not free of IBR the donor bulls or their semen was tested as follows:

Not less than 21 days after entry to the semen collection centre the donor bull was found to be serologically negative for Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus (IBR/IPV) using:

Either: 4.5.1 An ELISA or SNT

Date of test: ……………………………………………………….

Or: 4.5.3 Semen from the donor bulls collected for this consignment has tested negative for IBR/IPV on viral isolation or with a PCR

Date of test: ……………………………………………………….

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4.6 All laboratory testing was undertaken in an AQIS approved laboratory.

5 Semen collection and storage

5.1              The semen was collected, processed, packaged and stored in accordance with the recommendations of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

5.2              The period of semen collection for this consignment was 60 days or less.

5.2 The antibiotics added to the diluent were:

Names and concentration:.........................................................................................

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5.3 The shipping container is:

Either: 5.3.1 new

Or: 5.3.2 cleaned and disinfected     (Delete as appropriate)

Product and concentration used for disinfection procedure:.....................................

……………………………………………………………………………………...

5.3              Prior to export, the transportation flasks were sealed under veterinary supervision, using seals bearing the marks:

……………………………………………………………………………………

(B) For semen originally imported into Australia:

1.      The semen was imported into Australia under AQIS approved import conditions for use in Australia and:

between 10 and 60 days after the final collection of semen for export to Austarlia, the donor animals were tested with negative results for Q fever using the complement fixation test (CFT) (negative being no fixation of complement at a dilution of 1:10 or higher) or the ELISA

Test used: ……………………………………………………………………..

Date of sample collection: …………………………………………………….

2.      That while in Australia the semen was stored only with semen or embryos of the same health status.

3.      That the semen straws listed in this consignment have been verified as being labeled or identified as per the original AQIS certification at the time of import into Australia.

Signature: ………………………………………. Date: ………………………..

Name: ………………………………………. Official Stamp:

Title: ……………………………………..

Address:

……………………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………………

NOTE: Official Stamp and endorsement should be applied to all pages of the document.

Exporter's Declaration of freedom from heritable conditions for imported semen.

 (Please note this must be submitted on Exporter's formal letterhead)

I,…………………………, the exporter of the semen detailed in the zoosanitary certificate for semen imported into Vanuatu on……………… under Vanuatu import permit number …………………., declare that for the donor animals:

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  •          All bulls of Angus or Angus derivation have been tested at sometime in their lives for mannosidosis with negative results using the granulocyte, serum or plasma test
  •          All bulls of Brahman, Indu-Brazil, beef shorthorn or derived breeds have been at sometime in their lives been subjected to an approved test for heterozygotes for type 2 alpha-glycogenesis (Pompei¿uro;™s Disease) and found not to be a heterozygote
  •          All bulls contributing to this consignment are to the best of my knowledge free from heritable conditions.

Signed: .................................................................... Date: ........../.............../.............

Title: ........................................................................

Name and Address: ……………………………........................................

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Protocol last negotiated

September 2010

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