Import of Greasy Wool into the EU
October 5, 2012

As reported earlier this year, the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) started discussions with the European Commission department DG SANCO regarding the import of greasy wool into the European Union (EU). The outcome of these discussions resulted in changes to the Regulation 142/2011, which regulates the import conditions of animal by-products. Two main goals have been reached:
 
There will be no need to notify the transport of untreated wool and hair within the EU as long as it is securely enclosed in packaging, dry and sent directly to the plant.
Lower veterinary costs will be incurred for untreated wool and hair coming from so called "safe" countries such as Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, certain Argentine Regions, Chile, Falkland Islands, Greenland, Croatia, Iceland, Montenegro and Serbia. (These are countries free from Foot and Mouth Disease without vaccination according to the World Organization for Animal Health).
The proposed changes to the regulation 142/2011 are currently within the European Parliament where no veto is expected and, due to the automatic procedure, no amendments can be made. The new regulation will then go into practice at the beginning of November 2012. Once the new regulation has been published, IWTO will inform all members. 
 
"It is important to get this regulation removed from EU policies in order to assist high-wool importing countries within that country," said Rita Kourlis Samuelson, wool marketing director for the American Sheep Industry Association. "It was an unnecessary barrier and had negative cost implications for the wool industry." Reprinted in part from IWTO