Live imports at Stansted?

31 January 1997

Live imports at Stansted?

MAFF and the British Airports Authority are to press the European Commission to resume the import of livestock to Stansted airport from outside the EU.

The ECs decision to ban the trade followed claims that Stansted had contravened EU legislation by failing to provide a border inspection post at the Essex-based airport.

Although Stansted takes only 20 consignments of livestock a year, the removal of the trading licence means that only Luton and Prestwick are able to take stock from outside the EU 15. The other alternative would be to land stock in Holland or Ireland before flying on to the UK.

A BAA spokesman said an application for a border inspection post had been lodged through MAFF in Feb 1996

New plans costing £250,000 are to be submitted to the EC next month.

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