Dover Port in talks with animal exporters
EXPORTERS are in talks to resume animal exports from the port of Dover, it has emerged.
A spokeswoman for the Dover Harbour Board confirmed discussions had taken place, though no sailings are planned as yet.
The spokeswoman said: “As in previous years and on their initiative, we have been approached and had discussions with potential animal exporters about a resumption of that trade from Dover.
“The port is legally obliged to seriously consider any application for this, or any other legal trade from the port, in an open minded way, consistent with the potential operator meeting all of the operational requirements laid down by the port and those laid down by government though DEFRA and other agencies.”
The Board halted the trade in live exports from the port in April 2011.
Since then live exports have continued from Ramsgate Port.
Farming unions believe the shorter route from Dover would improve animal welfare.