The chief veterinary officer of the Directorate of Veterinary Services in the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry recently informed importers of live poultry, birds and poultry products, as well as the Namibian public, that imports and in transit movements of live poultry, birds and poultry products from Belgium are to be resumed. This is applicable to products produced after 29 September 2017.

The resumption of imports and in transit movement is in response to the comprehensive report received by the Ministry that highlighted the effectiveness of the control measures mounted following the outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Belgium. The necessary reactive and control measurements were taken, and surveillance proved no new outbreaks for at least three months, as required by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to declare a country free of the disease. – Press release