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Royal Assent for Wales Bill delivers new financial powers says First Minister
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has today welcomed the Wales Bill receiving Royal Assent.
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Section highlightQualifications Wales BillThe Bill will establish Qualifications Wales as an independent regulator for qualifications and the qualification system in Wales.
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This 6th edition details over 370 investments across both public and private sectors with a value of more than £40bn.
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Imports and Exports
The Welsh Government works with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to implement import rules arising from the European Union (EU) and set national rules where no EU conditions are in place. International disease surveillance work enables the Welsh Government to take emergency safeguard action to restrict or ban imports from countries which have confirmed an outbreak of animal disease.
Checks (both physical and documentary) are carried out on all animals and animal products from non-EU countries in approved facilities at ports or airports. These are known as Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). EU legislation lays down the requirements for BIPs. They are inspected periodically by the European Commission (EC) to ensure they meet the required standard. Currently there are no BIPs in Wales.
This section of the website contains information on the import and export controls currently in place. Please click the links on the left of the page for information on the following topics:
Beef export requirements.
Circuses - The animal health movement controls for circuses moving between EU countries.
Customer information notes - The latest developments in international trade.
Importation of animal derived material for educational, research or museum purposes.
Pet travel rules.
A review of controls on imports of animal products is published annually. The review recognises that illegal imports can only be tackled successfully with a combined effort across all relevant government departments and enforcement agencies and by raising public awareness and understanding the risks. Please click on the link to the left of the screen to access the publication index for further background information.