APPLICATION FOR VETERINARY IMPORT PERMIT

MEAT/FISH PERMIT (Domestic Use Only)

GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION OF ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS INTO SAINT LUCIA

One of the major roles of the Veterinary and Livestock Services Division (Veterinary Authority) Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives is the protection of Saint Lucia from the entry and spread of exotic and zoonotic diseases of animals. One of the mechanisms for such protection is the establishment of terms and conditions for imports.

Anyone who wishes to import any live animal, animal products and by-products into Saint Lucia must apply to the Veterinary Authority for an import permit. The application is then reviewed and the deciding factor is fundamentally the disease status of the exporting country vis-a-vis the disease status of Saint Lucia. An approved application is accompanied by the conditions that must be complied with, by exporting country. Compulsory is the provision of a valid Veterinary Health Certificate issued by the Veterinary Authority of the exporting country. Failure to comply with any of the conditions will result in the detention or possible destruction. It must be understood that an import permit can be declared void upon emergence of disease in the exporting country.

 

All animals and animal products upon arrival into Saint Lucia must be inspected by the officials from the Veterinary and Livestock Services Division.

 

 

1. Before any animal is exported out of the country, the owner / exporter must find out the regulations and requirements for import from the importing country.

 

2. When this information has been obtained, an appointment must be made with the veterinary authorities for certification.

 

3. The animal and its documents should accompany the owner on the appointment date for certification.  The certification is usually done forty eight (48) hours prior to scheduled travel.

 

4. If all conditions of the Import Permit of the destination country have been satisfied, the animal will be presented with an export health certificate.

 

VETERINARY AND LIVESTOCK DIVISION

 

Diseases in animals are of great concern for the Island of St. Lucia. At present we are enjoying the fact that we have no reports of any infectious disease which is considered notifiable by the OIE (World Animal Health Organization), and we are determined to keep it that way.

 

We are very vigilant to prevent the introduction of these diseases into the Island, for it can have serious economic and social implications.

 

The Veterinary and Livestock Services Division not only is interested in the prevention and control of diseases on island but also the development of the livestock sector. Our division is further subdivided into commodities where each commodity comprises of a team whose mission is to educate, train and empower producers to maximize on their production, product quality and profits.

 

OBJECTIVE:

 

To assist the production of quality livestock through the generation and transfer of appropriate technology and the promotion of good management practices that are cost effective. This objective is accomplished by putting the following in place:

 

  • Providing farmers with improved genetic stock to facilitate improved blood lines.

  • Monitoring stock health by the routine farm visits, minimizing possibilities of disease outbreak and controlling disease problems in the shortest time span.

  • Monitoring production levels.

  • Protecting animal population from foreign animal diseases by implementing regulatory and quarantine services.

  • Protecting public health through inspection of animals destined for slaughter and the products.

 

The Veterinary and Livestock Services Division (VLSD) of The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources & Co-operatives comprises of the following commodities and Services:

 

  • Veterinary Public Health and Quarantine Services

  • Ambulatory and Clinic Services

  • Poultry Health and Management

  • Swine Health and Management

  • Small Ruminant Health and Management

  • Cattle Health and Management

  • Rabbit Health and Management

  • Apiculture

  • Endemic Disease Control/Veterinary Laboratories

 

 

The commodity approach allows for the mobilization of our limited resources available towards selected farmers, with the sole objective of developing economically viable production and marketing entities.