REGULATION NO. 2000/69
30 December 2000
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General,
Pursuant to the authority given to him under United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) of 10 June 1999,
Taking into account United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Regulation No. 1999/1 of 25 July 1999, as amended, on the Authority of the Interim Administration in Kosovo and UNMIK Regulation No. 2000/27 of 28 April 2000 on the Establishment of the Administrative Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development,
For the purpose of monitoring and regulating the importation of live animals into Kosovo,
Hereby promulgates the following:
For the purposes of the present regulation:
(a) "Importation" shall include the introduction of live animals into Kosovo through another part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;
(b) "Importer" shall mean a person or entity who has been granted a licence for the importation of live animals by the Animal Health and Production Division;
(c) "Live animals" shall mean animals kept for breeding, production of food, wool, skin or fur, or for other farming purposes, including draft animals;
(d) "The Animal Health and Production Division" (hereinafter "the Division") shall mean the division within the Administrative Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (hereinafter "the Department") responsible for regulating and supervising the importation of live animals into Kosovo;
(e) "Animal Health Office" shall mean the office within the Division responsible for supervising the inspection of live animals, including ensuring that consignments comply with the requirements of the present regulation;
(f) "Veterinary Certificate" shall mean the document issued by a qualified and authorized veterinarian that contains information on the origin and identity of the live animals and may also include assurances as to their condition of health;
(g) "Consignment" shall mean a number of live animals being imported together and which are covered by the same veterinary certificate;
(h) "Illegal Consignment" shall mean the consignments described in section 7.1 below;
(i) "Border Crossing" shall mean a border crossing between Kosovo and a country other than the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;
(j) "Boundary Crossing" shall mean a boundary crossing between Kosovo and another part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;
(k) "Border/Boundary Inspection Post" shall mean the designated point of arrival in Kosovo where the consignment is subject to inspection by a qualified and authorized Veterinary Inspector;
(l) "Border/Boundary Crossing Certificate" shall mean the certificate issued by a Veterinary Inspector confirming that the consignment meets the conditions of import and authorizing the transportation of the animals to the holding station;
(m) "Veterinary Inspector" shall mean a qualified veterinarian appointed or authorized by the Department to verify the compliance of the consignment with the Animal Health Code of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) and European Union regulations on welfare of animals during transportation and other applicable laws relating to the importation of live animals into Kosovo;
(n) "Farm" shall mean any holding area on which live animals are kept for the purpose of breeding, production, raising or fattening;
(o) "Holding Station" shall mean any establishment, construction or, in the case of an open air farm, any place in Kosovo in which live animals are temporary held, kept or handled; and
(p) "Keeper" shall mean any authorized person responsible for the consignment, whether on a permanent or temporary basis, including during transportation or at a market. A person whose responsibility is limited to transportation of a consignment of animals shall not be considered a keeper of the live animals in question.
2.1 Any person or entity who wishes to import live animals into Kosovo shall first apply for an import licence from the Division.
2.2 An application for an import licence shall be submitted on the form attached as Annex 1 to the present regulation. A duly completed application shall be submitted to the Division not less than eight (8) days prior to the intended date of importation into Kosovo.
2.3 An application shall be accompanied by an original veterinary certificate which shall be:
(a) Signed and dated by an official veterinarian of the veterinary authority of the country of export;
(b) Printed in the language of the veterinarian signing it and, if in a language other than English, accompanied by an official English translation; and
(c) Issued for a single consignment and valid for a period of ten (10) days from the date of the veterinary health examination of the animals referred to therein.
2.4 In addition to the veterinary certificate referred to in section 2.3 above, an application shall be accompanied by a confirmation that the consignment satisfies the requirements of the International Zoosanitary Code of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) and European Union Regulations on the importation of live animals, as well as, the requirements of the Department for each specific type of animal that shall be set forth in administrative directions.
2.5 Where an application satisfies the critera set out in sections 2.3 and 2.4 above, the Division shall promptly issue a licence to the applicant for the importation of the consignment of live animals described in the application.
2.6 The Division shall charge a fee of fifty (50) DEM for the issuance of a licence. The revenue derived from the issuance of import licences shall be deposited into the Kosovo Consolidated Fund.
3.1 Upon the issuance of an import licence, the Division shall inform the relevant border/boundary inspection post at which the consignment will arrive, furnishing a copy of the application and the licence indicating the intended date of import into Kosovo.
3.2 The importer shall confirm the date of importation in writing to the relevant border/boundary inspection post not less than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the intended date of importation. The notification shall specify the nature of the consignment, the number of live animals involved and the estimated time of arrival. In the event of a cancellation or change in the date of importation, the importer shall be required to provide timely notification in writing to the Division and the relevant border/boundary post of such cancellation or change.
3.3 Each border/boundary inspection post shall operate under the authority of a qualified and authorized Veterinary Inspector who shall be present at the border/boundary inspection post for veterinary checks of consignments.
3.4 The Veterinary Inspector may be assisted by specially trained assistants acting under his/her authority and supervision.
4.1 For the purposes of the present regulation, the officially designated border crossings shall be:
(a) Hani i Elezit/Djeneral Jankovic;
(b) Vrbnica/Vermice; and
(c) Pristina Airport.
4.2 For the purposes of the present regulation, the officially designated boundary crossings shall be:
(a) Kula Pass (NNW Peja/Pec); and
(b) Mucibaba (SSE of Kamenica).
4.3 Consignments of live animals shall be permitted to enter Kosovo only through the above-mentioned border/boundary crossings that shall be operational daily from 08.00 until 20.00 hours.
5.1 The Veterinary Inspector on duty shall not be required to inspect a consignment for which prior notice was not given.
5.2 Veterinary inspections shall be carried out only between 08.00 and 20.00 hours.
5.3 On arrival at the border/boundary crossing, the importer shall present to the Veterinary Inspector, the licence issued by the Division and the veterinary certificate issued by an official veterinarian of the country of export or origin, as well as, the documents evidencing the importer's compliance with the requirements of importation applicable to the type of animal(s) being imported.
5.4 The consignment shall be subject to documentary and identity checks, and physical examination. The Veterinary Inspector shall confirm that the consignment conforms to the description of the consignment in the licence and that it complies with the requirements of the Animal Health Code of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) and European Union regulations on welfare of animals during transportation.
5.5 The consignment shall not be permitted to enter Kosovo without a Border/Boundary Crossing Certificate issued by the Veterinary Inspector confirming that:
(a) The veterinary checks have been completed;
(b) The consignment meets the importation requirements; and
(c) The transportation of the consignment to the holding station or the designated slaughterhouse is authorized.
6.1 Subsequent to the issuance of a Border/Boundary Crossing Certificate, each consignment shall be transported to the holding station indicated on the relevant import licence application submitted by the importer and subsequently authorized by the Division. The Division shall make appropriate monitoring arrangements to obtain confirmation that the consignment is taken to the designated holding station.
6.2 At the holding station, the animals shall be kept in isolation and observed for a period of twenty-eight (28) days for signs of injury or disease by a qualified and authorized veterinarian of that municipality. During this period, each consignment shall be kept separately from any and all other consignments. No animal from a consignment shall be separated from the consignment prior to the end of the isolation period.
6.3 Where, following the end of the isolation period, the veterinarian determines that the health condition of the entire consignment is satisfactory and meets all the requirements, he/she shall issue a veterinary certificate of good health to the importer. No further observation shall be necessary and the consignment shall be released.
6.4 Where the live animals are for slaughter, they shall not be kept in isolation but shall be transported directly from the border/boundary crossing point to the designated slaughter house where they shall be inspected by a qualified and authorized veterinarian of that municipality and, if found to be in satisfactory health condition, authorization for slaughter shall be granted.
6.5 Where the live animals are destined for fattening prior to slaughter, sections 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 above shall apply.
7.1 For the purposes of the present regulation, a consignment of live animals shall be considered illegal if:
(a) No notification of importation of the consignment has been given by the importer pursuant to section 3.2 above;
(b) The consignment is not in conformity with the veterinary certificate submitted at the time of application for licence pursuant to section 2.3 above;
(c) The consignment is not accompanied by an import licence issued by the Division pursuant to section 2.5 above;
(d) The consignment is taken to a destination other than that indicated on the licence;
(e) The consignment is moved from the holding station without the prior approval of a qualified and authorized veterinarian of the municipality;
(f) The live animals comprising the consignment show signs of disease on arrival or shortly thereafter;
(g) The route plan or transport certificate accompanying the consignment has not been adhered to; and
(h) The vehicles and containers used for the transportation of the animals have not been cleansed and disinfected immediately following use.
7.2 The Veterinary Inspector who determines that a consignment is illegal may order the isolation, testing, slaughter/destruction or re-export of that consignment.
7.3 The full costs of any action taken in relation to an illegal consignment shall be borne by the importer or its representative.
8.1 The Office shall levy fees for the inspection of live animals imported into Kosovo. Such fees shall be set forth in administrative directions for each specific type of live animal.
8.2 Revenue derived from inspection fees shall be deposited into the Kosovo Consolidated Fund.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General may issue administrative directions for the implementation of the present regulation.
The present regulation shall supersede any provision in the applicable law which is inconsistent with it.
The present regulation shall enter into force on 30 December 2000.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General