Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 2
By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:
Following last week's IEB report on Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Turkey, Azerbaijan issued restriction on import of several products from that country.
Restriction on import of livestock and animal products from several districts of Turkey to Azerbaijan will be completely removed only one year after the expiry of the quarantine, the head of the press service of the State Veterinary Service under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Agriculture Yolchu Khanveli told Trend Dec.2.
He said that it is a normal procedure in case of Foot-and-Mouth Disease epidemic.
“The country announces quarantine, which usually lasts 21 days,” said Khanveli. “After that, the International Epizootic Bureau (IEB) announces the completion of the quarantine, but the export of animals, their meat or products processed from that meat from the area where the epidemic was discovered, is limited within a year.”
Therefore, Azerbaijan temporarily limited the import of cattle and animal products from a number of Turkish provinces such as Van, Igdir, Sinop, Kars, Corum, Kastamonu, Cankiri, Kirikkale, Amasya, Samsun, Ardahan, Agri and Erzurum.
Import of other products from Turkey can be considered only if there is a certificate about the epizootic conditions in the province and a phytosanitary certificate.
The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey in Jan.-Oct. 2015 neared $1.18 billion of which $918.5 million accounted for import from Turkey, according to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee.
Edited by SI
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