Author: Pauline Davey

Imports through UK airports

We are aware that since the National Clearance Hub moved to a new telephone system (and have been given extra responsibilities) importers using airports have been having problems getting through to check the status of their consignments. In the meantime, they have asked that if people have problems getting through on the Imports helpline (0300 0588454) they should try the Exports helpline (0300 0588401) straightaway. They assure us that staff on the Exports helpline have been told they should not refer anyone back to the Imports helpline. The Exports helpline staff have also been told that if a call...

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Pet owners have a powerful voice in this election

We have joined forces with the Pet Charity and REPTA to send a leaflet outlining just how great pets are to would-be politicians and to point out that almost half of the voters they meet when canvassing will be living with a pet of some kind. You can read the leaflet in full by clicking on the image below. Did you know? Owners spend around £6 billion a year on their pets, including foods, accessories and veterinary care This generates taxes of more than £2 billion annually More than 50,000 people are employed in the pet industry Pets are...

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OATA CEO joins European Pet Organisation as Vice President

17 May 2017 OATA’s Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee has been invited to join the European Pet Organisation’s (EPO) board as Vice President. EPO brings together national pet trade associations across Europe to collaborate and represent the pet industry at a European level. “Many of the pressures facing our industry, such as the call for positive lists to limit the species that can be kept as pets, are driven by what’s happening in Europe and, as Britain approaches leaving the European Union, the UK’s voice will inevitably weaken,” said Dominic. “So I’m very pleased to join EPO’s board at this...

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Pet shops asked for help over licensing response

3 April 2017 The three pet trade associations are asking for help on where pet shops source their animals from, as they look at how to respond to proposed changes to licensing in England. Pet Industry Federation, the Reptile & Exotic Pet Trade Association and the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association want pet shops to fill in a quick anonymous survey on whether or not they buy any of the animals they sell from private/hobby breeders (as opposed to commercial suppliers/wholesalers etc). The three trade associations will use the information to inform the work they are doing to respond to...

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