Horse racing: Australia and Hong Kong finish quarantine stand-off

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(Information) – Australia has agreed to chill out restrictions imposed on the journey of horses from Hong Kong, ending a two-year stand-off between the 2 international locations, the South China Morning Publish reported on Monday.

The motion of horses between the jurisdictions was frozen in 2017 after the Hong Kong Jockey Membership’s (HKJC) addition of a coaching facility in mainland China, which sparked Australian considerations over biosecurity.

Australian horses have been allowed to journey to Hong Kong below regular quarantine guidelines after the 2 sides reached an interim settlement in March, however horses from Hong Kong might solely journey to Australia after spending 180 days in a 3rd nation.

The Australian Division of Agriculture (ADA), in October, assessed the HKJC’s Conghua coaching facility, which is in an equine disease-free zone (EDFZ) in mainland China’s Guangdong province, and has now mentioned it meets import requirements.

“Following … interim protocols achieved in March and the profitable website go to by officers from the ADA in October, we welcome affirmation that actions of horses between Australia and Hong Kong can now be absolutely resumed,” HKJC Government Director of Racing Andrew Harding mentioned.

“That is one other sturdy endorsement of the robustness of biosecurity throughout the EDFZ and the high-health standing of our racehorses at Conghua.”

The ruling means horses can now be transported between Australia and Hong Kong in accordance with the identical circumstances that have been in place earlier than motion was restricted in October 2017.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Stephen Coates