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Animal importation

South Gloucestershire Council is not responsible for the running or maintenance of any ports or harbours.

Quarantine regulations are still in force in the UK and it is illegal to disobey them. However, regulations for the importation of animals from Europe have been revised and for the latest information you should contact the Pet Travel Scheme Helpline on 0870 241 1710.

The importation of pets (including hamsters, gerbils, mice and birds) into the UK is strictly controlled and it is essential that anyone intending to import a pet should obtain the latest information. The Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Animals) Order 1974, as amended, gives powers to destroy animals landed without a pet passport. In addition the Act has powers to fine or imprison owners of animals so it is important that the requirements are met

For information about Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Dock you should visit the Bristol Port Company website. Sharpness Dock also has its own website

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