Namibia has lifted the suspension of live cattle exports to South Africa following the lifting of the movement standstill that was imposed to control the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks in the neighboring country, an official said.
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In a statement, Directorate of Veterinary Services Chief Veterinary Officer Albertina Shilongo said the move comes with conditions that require all trucks transporting live animals to be registered with the Directorate Veterinary Services.
Upon offloading of animals in South Africa, trucks must be cleaned and disinfected by individuals/entities accredited by the South African Veterinary authority before returning to Namibia with or without loading other products, Shilongo said.
Disinfected trucks should be issued with a cleaning and disinfection certificate which is valid for one consignment only and must be presented to Namibia's veterinary border officials, she added.
"Trucks without valid cleaning and disinfection certificates will not be allowed to enter Namibia; At the next loading of animals in Namibia for exportation to South Africa, the Cleaning and Disinfection Certificate previously issued to the specific truck in South Africa must be handed to the attending veterinary official.
"Failure to comply with this requirement, the specific truck will be disqualified from transporting animals to South Africa," she said.
Importers of livestock feed from South Africa are also reminded that vehicles must be cleaned and disinfected before loading, the Disinfection Certificate is for one consignment only and must be presented to veterinary officials at the borders, she added.
FMD is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of livestock that has a significant economic impact. ■
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