Live animal exports
Published Friday 21st September 2012
Live animal exports commenced today from Ipswich Port.
Ipswich Borough Council does not have any statutory duties or powers affecting the live export of animals.
Some councils, like Portsmouth City Council, have taken action in the past. The actions that Portsmouth - a unitary council - took were as a result of their duties and powers as a Trading Standards authority and the fact that they own the port.
In Ipswich - as we are a "two-tier" council area - Trading Standards is the responsibility of Suffolk County Council. The council does not own the port, it is owned by Associated British Ports. Inspections are carried out by DEFRA.
Therefore, there are no fees or charges that Ipswich Borough Council has the power to levy which could affect the export of live animals from Ipswich Port.