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IRT Returns To Normal Post-EI

Friday, 7th March 2008

International Racehorse Transport's Australian offices (Melbourne & Sydney) are returning to normal following the equine influenza crisis. IRT operations director Chris Burke noted: "Although imports from NZ were not significantly interrupted, exports to NZ & imports from the northern hemisphere were suspended through to mid-October. From then on, IRT managed to import over 170 horses before the end of 2007 from the US & Europe. Although we continued to export horses during the EI outbreak to the US, Europe & some other destinations like Jordan & India, this area of our business was the most affected, with no shipments heading to Asia until January. Since then we have successfully undertaken several shipments to Japan & Hong Kong, with Singapore & Dubai shortly to follow suit. Within the next month we fully expect to be back to near normal, with even 2-way traffic on the Tasman possible".

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