Taiwan has introduced new legislation, effective July 15, that will lift its ban on imports of live birds from the European Union. The live birds exported to Taiwan are mainly pigeons used for racing.
Taiwan had applied an import ban from the EU since 2005. However, the European Commission and Taiwan have increased bilateral exchanges in recent years and created a mutual working group for dialogue. The EC sought to resolve market access problems for EU animals, meat, fruit and vegetables with Taiwan and, in cooperation with the EU Economic and Trade Office in Taipei, Taiwan, had expressed its concerns on these measures, which it said went beyond the standards of the World Organization for Animal Health. With amendments to the legislation in 2012 from Taiwan, this prohibition was lifted.