The lifting of the ban on importing ducks and geese may be delayed by bureaucracy. Provisional Urban Councillors yesterday rejected the gazetting of amended bylaws needed to allow imports to resume. They were told that if the amendments were not dealt with by 9.30 am today, the import ban might have to stay in place. The regulations have to be gazetted on Friday and tabled to the provisional legislature next Wednesday if the required 28 days for vetting are allowed before the council disbands on April 8. Urban Services Department Environmental Hygiene Division Assistant Director Po Pui-leong urged councillors to endorse the bylaw first and solve technicalities later. The bylaw allows the Urban Services Department to prohibit sales of live water birds at retail markets and ensure hygienic transport. 'If the bylaws could not be gazetted this Friday, they may not be able to come into effect in this legislative session,' Mr Po said. 'The public may have to tolerate a few more months to go without ducks or geese.' However, Democrat Kam Nai-wai criticised the administration for failing to consult traders and asking the council to endorse the bylaw without detailed explanation. 'The amendments, once passed, would rock the industry involved,' Mr Kam said. 'Is it a responsible way of doing things to approve them without consulting traders?' Colleague Fred Li Wah-ming said special arrangements for gazetting could be made in urgent cases. The issue is to be discussed by the public health select committee at 8.30 am today.