Department rakes in close to €1m in live export levies in 2016
The Department of Agriculture collected €883,000 in levies from live exporters last year, according to new figures.
Levies collected from live cattle exports accounted for the majority of the levies, at almost €700,000, while the rest was from horses, sheep and pigs export levies.
The figures, which were released following a parliamentary question from Fianna Fail’s Charlie McConalogue come following a recent decision by the Department to reduce the levies.
In particular, it cut the veterinary inspection fee payable on live exports of calves under three months to €1.20 per animal from €4.80 as of February 1, which it says will bring greater equity in respect of fees payable per consignment in respect of calves, weanlings and adult cattle.
According to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed animal health and animal welfare are important contributory factors to the quality and safety of food and to the prevention of the spread of animal diseases.
“The veterinary inspection of live animals for export contributes to maintaining Ireland’s reputation as an exporter of livestock of high health status, which is vital to my Department’s efforts to source additional markets abroad.
“Live exports play an important role in stimulating price competition for domestic cattle and providing an alternative market outlet for farmers,” he said.
The Minister said he is very conscious of the vital role that live exports play in stimulating price competition and providing an alternative market outlet for farmers.
“The ongoing search for new third country markets is a top priority for my Department, particularly in the context of the challenges posed by the upcoming UK exit from the EU,” he added.