IFAPA (Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera) are the controlling body which runs the TRACES scheme for the Protectora’s that we transport for under contract.
They have been in touch to confirm that that the Junta de Andalucia have requested that they start a programme of ‘spot checks’ on transport vehicles, being used for the transportation of animals from Spain.
For us what this means is that on any transport we are running for the Protectora (which is every scheduled transport that we run) IFAPA can turn up and inspect the license, van and the loading of the animals.
Without doubt this is good news for those that have made the effort to establish TRACES and get the right paperwork (a DEFRA certified van is not necessarily going to meet the more stringent Spanish requirements). And for those that haven’t bothered, are convinced that TRACES isn’t necessary or just don’t care it is something to worry about as the Junta de Andalucia are obviously aware of what is going on.