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KQS April 2008 Shipment

Posted: 25/4/2008, 09:23



A resounding success! That was the general consensus following Racing South Africa’s first export shipment under it control. Flight BB1202 operated by Belgium-based airline company, Cargo B, touched down at 18H30 on Thursday, 17 April at Brussels Airport carrying 36 horses destined for various parts of the world.


As part of its ongoing objective of improving the service delivery to South Africa’s international trading partners, Racing South Africa was, therefore, able to provide the following:

1. A door to door service in conjunction with the shipping agents supporting Kenilworth Quarantine Station namely Candice Hobday of Hobday Equestrian Enterprises (27 horses), Brian Roux of BBR Shipping (8 horses) and Kevin Needham of BBA Shipping (UK) (1 horse).


2. Facilitate the shipping of the 36 horses via a 747-200 freighter with jet stalls (horse transport box), a secure and internationally preferred system for transporting horses inter-continentally. During the flight, the horses were managed by a team of three professional flying grooms including Kenilworth’s Quarantine Master, Dr Koos Neuland, also a qualified Veterinarian.


Racing South Africa contracted European Cargo Services (ECS), a Dutch-based specialist horse transport operator and General Sales Agent for Cargo B Airline, to provide the overall logistical solution, including jet stalls and professional flying grooms. Last year ECS shipped over 4000 horses worldwide so we had full confidence in their professionalism and service delivery.


3. Acting as broker in this instance, Racing South Africa was able to stabilize the delivery costs in the face of inflationary pressures as a result of the prevailing high price of fuel. This meant that delivery costs per horse remained much the same as during shipments from Cape Town in 2007, a necessary objective considering the relatively affordable cost of delivery from our competitors in other parts of the world.


Operationally, the shipment went off without a hitch and the contribution by South Africa’s local team was outstanding. A special word of thanks is owed to Kenilworth Quarantine Station staff, Dr Koos Neuland, his assistant, Sue Mutch, head groom, Solomon Mabusa, and his team of 8 grooms for presenting the horses in such good health for export; Professor Alan Guthrie for his invaluable veterinary input and Chief State Veterinarian (Boland), Dr Gary Buhrmann, who is commended for his professional approach in dealing with the health certification and the shipment delay.


Furthermore, to have been able to export out of South Africa during the AHS high risk season was only as a result of the co-operation of the general public who observed the movement restrictions into the Western Cape imposed by the South African Veterinary Services. These decisions were largely based the early warning system provided by the AHS Trust which also played a significant role in communicating with the broader equine community.


The next shipment from Kenilworth Quarantine Station is scheduled to depart Cape Town on Wednesday, 09 July 2008 and is fully booked. Thereafter, Racing South Africa intends operating additional shipments in August, October and November. For further details, please contract your shipping agent.


Given the ongoing cases of AHS still being reported in the country, but in particular the greater Gauteng/Mpumelanga and Eastern Cape Provinces, all horse movements into the African Horse Sickness Controlled Area in the Western Cape remains restricted until further notice.


Only healthy, correctly vaccinated horses (with health certificate from Private veterinarian) may be moved under cover of a normal movement permit issued by the State Veterinarian in the province of origin to the quarantine facility in Beaufort West for a compulsory 3 week quarantine period. Dr Jaco Pienaar (Tel: 023 414 2154) State Veterinarian Beaufort West should be contacted to arrange the necessary quarantine.


Or, for further information on movement controls into the Western Cape, please contact:

Dr Gary Buhrmann

Chief State Veterinarian, Boland

021 808 5026


Peter Gibson


Racing South Africa


Monday, April 21, 2008



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