Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Ceisteanna (185)

James Browne

Ceist:

185. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to develop an alternative cold storage inspection facility at Rosslare Europort in view of the fact there is only one cold storage inspection facility in the country located in Dublin Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18190/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

There are currently two entry points to Ireland that have EU Border Inspection Posts which are approved for the import of products of animal origin from 3rd Countries into the European Union, and which have freezer storage facilities – namely Shannon Airport and Dublin Port. The decision to seek approval as a Border Inspection Point is a commercial decision for port and airport authorities. The provision of appropriate facilities for the inspection and storage of goods requires detailed planning, the assistance of the Office of Public Works, compliance with the statutory planning requirements and the approval of the audit unit of the European Commission DG SANTE. My department is always available for discussions with any port or airport authority interested in having an approved Border Inspection Post.

Question No. 186 answered with Question No. 177.