NOC Based Clearance for Leather, Bones, Hair and Other Animal Waste

The following Public Notice was issued by the Commissioner of Customs (Import), Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House, Nhava Sheva on 12 November 2010

[Ref: 115-PN/12.11.2010]

The Quarantine Officer, Navi Mumbai vide letter No. 5-2 /10-AQ (NM) / 184, dtd. 13.10.2010 informed this office that some livestock products including horn, leather, hide, skin, wool, hair, animal feed (including aquatic feed and products) are entering into the country through Mumbai Airport, Seaports and ICDs of Western Region without the clearance / NOC of Animal Quarantine & Certification Service (WR), Navi Mumbai. It was requested that directions be issued to field authorities to refer all the consignments of Livestock Products to their Department.

2. Accordingly, directions were issued vide this office F.No. S/22-Gen-283/2010-AM(I) dated 25.10.2010 to ensure that all the consignment of livestock products are referred for Animal Quarantine Clearance / NOC to Animal Quarantine & Certificate Service, Navi Mumbai before clearance. Subsequently representations were received from the trade that all livestock products do not require sanitary import permit / NOC from the Animal Quararntine & Certification Service.

3. Accordingly the issue was examined. Your attention is invited to Notification No.S O.655(E) dated 07.072001 issued by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi which restricts the Import of all live-stock products, including meat and meat products of all kinds; egg and egg powder; milk and milk products; bovine, ovine and caprine embryos, ova or semen; pet food products of animal origin. The same were allowed to be imported only against a Sanitary Import Permit issued by the concerned ministry. Accordingly CBEC issued Circular No. 43/2001 -Cus dated 06.08.2001 communicating the same.

3.1 The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi vide Notification No. S.O.794(E) dated 28.03.2008 has amended Notification No. S.O. 655(E) dated 07.07.2001 providing import of certain category of items without Sanitary Import Permit but with NOC from Office incharge of the Animal Quarantine & Certification Services stations (as mentioned in (Annexure A) and import of certain category of items without Sanitary Import Permit or NOC from concerned Quarantine authorities.(as mentioned in Annexure-B).

In addition, the following items have been included in paragraph (I) of the notification No. S.O. 655(E) dt. 7.7.2001as sub para (vi),(vii), (viii) & (ix).

vi) pig, hog, boor bristles and hair, badge hair, brush making hair , bones, horn cores, whale bone hair, horns, hooves, nails, claws and beaks, unworked or simply prepared(but not cut to shape)powder, and waste of these products:

vii) raw skins and other parts of birds, with their feathers or down, feathers and parts of feathers (whether or not trimmed edges)and down:

viii) raw hides and skins of bovine(including buffalo) or equine animals, sheep or lamb, other raw skins (skins of goats, swine), fresh or salted, dried, limed, pickled, or otherwise preserved, but not tanned, parchment-dressed or further prepared, whether or not de-haired or split with wool on or split and

ix) raw furskins (including heads, tails, paws and other pieces or cuttings, suitable for furriers use).

4. All Importers, Exporters, CHAs and members of the trade are requested to take note of the above and directed to follow the provisions of Notification No. SO 655(E) dated 7.7.2001 as amended by S.O.794(E) dated 28.03.2008 issued by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, scruplously.

F. No. S/22-Gen- 302 /2010 AM(I) JNCH.