Draft Regulations laid before Parliament under paragraphs 1(1) and 8F(1) of Schedule 7 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, for approval by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

Draft Statutory Instruments

2021 No.****

Exiting The European Union

Trade

Animals

Customs

The Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Movement etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021

Made

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Coming into force

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A draft of these Regulations has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament in accordance with paragraphs 1(1) and 8F(1) of Schedule 7 to that Act.

PART 1General

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Movement etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021.

(2) They come into force on the day after the day on which they are made.

PART 2Amendments to retained direct EU legislation: Great Britain

Amendment of Regulation (EC) 1523/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council banning the placing on the market and the import to, or export from, the Community of cat and dog fur, and products containing such fur

2.—(1) Regulation (EC) 1523/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council banning the placing on the market and the import to, or export from, the Community of cat and dog fur, and products containing such fur, is amended as follows.

(2) In Article 1 (objective)—

(a)after “The purpose of this Regulation is” insert “, subject to any derogations permitted by regulations made under Article 4,”;

(b)for “the Community” substitute “Great Britain”; and

(c)omit “to eliminate obstacles to the functioning of the internal market and”.

(3) For Article 2 (definitions) substitute—

Article2Definitions

For the purpose of this Regulation, the following definitions apply:

‘cat’ means an animal of the species felis silvestris;

‘dog’ means an animal of the species canis lupus familiaris;

‘placing on the market’ means the holding of cat and/or dog fur or a product containing such fur for the purpose of sale, which includes offer for sale, sale and distribution;

‘import’, in relation to cat or dog fur, means—

(a)

landing or unloading the fur in Great Britain from any means of transport arriving from any other country or territory, or

(b)

declaring the fur for any customs procedure on import under section 3 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018(2),

and importation occurs when the fur is landed or unloaded in Great Britain or the declaration is accepted by Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Revenue and Customs in relation to any such fur, whichever occurs first;

‘export’, in relation to cat or dog fur, means—

(a)

the loading of the fur for the purposes of removing it from Great Britain to any other country or territory, or

(b)

notification to Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Revenue and Customs under section 34(3) of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 of an intention to remove the fur from Great Britain,

and export occurs when the fur is loaded in Great Britain, or when the notification in relation to any such fur is sent, whichever occurs first...

(4) In Article 3 (prohibitions)—

(a)at the beginning, for “The placing on the market”, substitute “Subject to the provisions of any regulations made under Article 4, the placing on the market”; and

(b)for “Community” substitute “Great Britain”.

(5) For Article 4 (derogations) substitute—

Article 4Derogations

1.  The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument permit—

(a)the import into Great Britain of cat and dog fur or products containing such fur from any other country or territory,

(b)the export from Great Britain of cat and dog fur or products containing such fur to any other country or territory, or

(c)the placing on the market in Great Britain of cat and dog fur or products containing such fur,

for educational or taxidermy purposes.

2.  Regulations made under paragraph 1 are subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament..

(6) Omit Articles 5 to 9.

(7) Omit the applicability provisions that follow Article 9.

PART 3Amendment of domestic legislation: Great Britain

Amendment of the Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Import, Export and Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008

3.—(1) The Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Import, Export and Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008(3), as those Regulations apply in Great Britain, are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 1(2)—

(a)after the definition of “goods” insert—

“HMRC officer” has the meaning given to it in 37(1) of the Taxation (Cross-border) Trade Act 2018;; and

(b)in the definition of “officer” after “means” insert “an HMRC officer or”.

(3) After regulation 2, insert—

Penalty for breach of Regulation (EC) 1523/2007

2A.(1) Any person who, in Great Britain contravenes Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 1523/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council banning the placing on the market and the import to, or export from, the Community of cat and dog fur, and products containing such fur, is guilty of an offence.

(2) A person guilty of an offence described in paragraph (1) is liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding £75,000; or

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine..

(4) In regulation 3, for paragraph (2) substitute—

(2) These Regulations must be enforced in Great Britain by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and not by the enforcement authorities at any place where the goods are under the control of an HMRC officer..

PART 4Amendment of domestic legislation: Northern Ireland

Amendment of the Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Import, Export and Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008

4.—(1) The Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Import, Export and Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008, are amended as follows.

(2) For regulation 2, substitute—

Penalty for breach of Regulation (EC) 1523/2007

2.(1) Any person who, in Northern Ireland, contravenes Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 1523/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council banning the placing on the market and the import to, or export from, the Community of cat and dog fur, and products containing such fur(4), as it has effect by virtue of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the EU withdrawal agreement, is guilty of an offence and is liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding £75,000; and

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), the movement from Northern Ireland to Great Britain of cat and dog fur or of products containing such fur is to be treated as if it were not a contravention of the general prohibition in Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 1523/2007 where that fur or those products are “qualifying Northern Ireland goods” as defined in regulations made under section 8C(6) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (power in connection with Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol in withdrawal agreement)(5)..

(3) In regulation 3, for paragraph (2) substitute—

(2) These Regulations must be enforced in Northern Ireland by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and not by the enforcement authorities at any place where the goods are under customs supervision within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 9th October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code(6), as it has effect by virtue of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the EU withdrawal agreement,.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for International Trade

Name

Title

Department for International Trade

Date

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers in sections 8(1) and 8C(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (“the Act”).

Part 2 amends deficiencies in the retained domestic version of Regulation (EC) 1523/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council banning the import, export and placing on the market of cat and dog fur and products containing such fur (“the EC Regulation”), as that Regulation applies in Great Britain. A regulation making power is conferred on the Secretary of State to derogate from the general prohibition in Article 3 of the EC Regulation by permitting the movement of cat and dog fur and products containing such fur to or from Great Britain from any other country or territory and the placing on the market in Great Britain of any such fur or products for educational or taxidermy purposes. The EC Regulation directly applies to and in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland by virtue of the application of section 7A of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the EU withdrawal agreement.

Parts 3 and 4 of these Regulations amend the Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Import, Export and Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/2795) (“the 2008 Regulations”) as those Regulations apply in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively. The amendments ensure that the penalties imposed under the 2008 Regulations apply throughout the United Kingdom to the import, export and placing on the market of cat and dog fur and products containing such fur where this constitutes an offence under either Article 3 of the EC Regulation as it directly applies in Northern Ireland or Article 3 of the retained EC Regulation, as amended by Part 2 of these Regulations, as it applies in Great Britain. The amendments made by Part 4 also provide that the movement of cat and dog fur and products containing such fur from Northern Ireland to Great Britain is not to be treated as an offence contravening the prohibition in Article 3 of the EC Regulation as it directly applies in Northern Ireland. This is provided that the fur or the products in question are “qualifying Northern Ireland goods” as defined in regulations made under section 8C(6) of the Act. This is in line with the principle of unfettered market access for goods moving within the United Kingdom as set out in Article 6(1) of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the EU withdrawal agreement. Nonetheless the placement on the market of these products remains prohibited throughout the United Kingdom.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no, or no significant, impact on the private, voluntary or public sector is foreseen.

(3)

S.I. 2008/2795 as amended by S.I. 2009/1056.

(4)

OJL 343, 27.12.2007, p.1-4.

(5)

Section 8C was inserted by section 21 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (c. 1).

(6)

OJL 269, 10.10.2013, p1–101, as last amended by Regulation (EU) 2019/632 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17th April 2019.