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Dogs: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice Team Member)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dogs were imported using the Balai Directive in 2019; and from which countries those dogs were so imported.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The number of dogs that were imported to the UK using the Balai Directive in 2019 was 44,563.

The breakdown of this figure by country is as follows:

Country of Origin

Dogs

Country of Origin

Dogs

Antigua and Barbuda

2

Latvia

1

Argentina

32

Lebanon

7

Australia

275

Lithuania

5

Austria

1

Macao

50

Azerbaijan

2

Malaysia

29

Bahrain

7

Malta

12

Barbados

1

Mauritius

17

Bermuda

9

Mexico

16

Bosnia and Herzegovina

174

Namibia

7

Brazil

201

Netherlands

70

Bulgaria

220

New Zealand

73

Canada

82

Nigeria

1

Cayman Islands

15

Norway

1

Chile

1

Oman

1

China

29

Peru

7

Colombia

17

Philippines

2

Costa Rica

6

Poland

1160

Croatia

153

Portugal

47

Cyprus

3457

Puerto Rico

2

Czech Republic

73

Qatar

22

Denmark

2

Romania

19487

Egypt

68

Russia

70

Estonia

1

Saudi Arabia

5

Falkland Islands

1

Serbia

2

Fiji

1

Singapore

42

Finland

1

Slovakia

27

France

78

Slovenia

2

French Polynesia

1

South Africa

529

Germany

31

Spain

4891

Greece

294

Sweden

18

Hong Kong

50

Switzerland

1

Hungary

2145

Taiwan

7

India

35

Tanzania

2

Iran

14

Thailand

4

Ireland (Rep. of)

7368

Turkey

76

Israel

8

Turks and Caicos

2

Italy

20

UAE

292

Japan

5

Uganda

2

Jordan

3

Ukraine

1

Kazakhstan

3

Uruguay

3

Kenya

12

USA

2604

Korea (North)

1

Vietnam

16

Korea (South)

30

Zimbabwe

16

Kuwait

5

The data for commercial imports covers the number of animals imported to the UK and was extracted from the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) through the Qlikview facility by searching for imports of Canis familiaris in 2019 to the United Kingdom. These figures cover all commercially imported dogs, including commercial puppies, rescue dogs, research dogs and unaccompanied pets.

The information that the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have provided is a true reflection of the information that is held. The APHA cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data, as the information that has been entered into TRACES by a third party.

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