EU Discusses Regulatory Changes for Importing Greasy Wool
July 13, 2012

Over the last few months, the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) members advocated that the European Union (EU) Commission change the Regulation 142/2011 in favor of the wool industry. 
 
EU Regulation 142/2011 implements Regulation 1069/2009, which lays down health rules in regard to animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption. This regulation leads to greasy wool currently being stopped at customs, subject to veterinary controls and demands for special transport vehicles normally used for livestock animals. This not only causes delays for manufacturing but also increases costs for the wool industry. 
 
Through the advocacy work of IWTO, the EU Commission agreed on a new draft proposal, together with the representatives of all EU member states who are in charge of the veterinary controls in relation to 142/2011 in their respective EU countries. The draft will now be translated into 23 languages and submitted to the EU Parliament and EU Council for approval before it can be implemented on a national level within the EU. 
 
With this new draft, two goals would be reached:
 
The notification of transport of untreated wool and hair would no longer be needed as long as it is securely enclosed in packaging and dry and sent directly to the plant; and
Lower veterinary costs for untreated wool and hair coming from certain 'safe' countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and parts of Argentina.
"ASI applauds these changes and has supported the IWTO efforts to eliminate additional costs and complications in transporting wool in the EU," said Rita Kourlis Samuelson, director of wool programs for the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). 
 
ASI represents the U.S. wool industry with IWTO.