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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on animal imports from Georgia

Ministry of Agriculture also lifts restriction on the importation of hatching eggs and chicks from Belgium

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on animal imports from Georgia
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The Ministry of Agriculture of Saudi Arabia has issued a decision lifting the ban on the import of cattle, sheep, and goats for the purpose of slaughtering and breeding from the Republic of Georgia, subject to a number of conditions.

Authorities said they have also lifted the ban on the importation of hatching eggs and chicks from Belgium.

Saudi Press Agency reported the ministry's decision which stated that all consignments for the purpose of slaughtering and breeding should be accompanied by a health certificate from competent governmental authorities in Georgia.

These animals shall remain in quarantine for a period of no less than 21 days at approved places by the Ministry of Agriculture and under its direct supervision.

The conditions state that the animals must receive the foot and mouth disease vaccine in the Republic of Georgia and must be transported to Saudi Arabia within three months of vaccination.