Thanet Council has announced that it has lifted its temporary ban on live animal exports through the Port of Ramsgate with immediate effect.
It says it will continue to pursue other avenues to stop the trade but has had to consider the high cost of continuing legal action.
A High Court hearing had been scheduled to take place on December 11 after exporters sought a judicial review into the council's decision to impose a temporary ban. It is expected that application will now be withdrawn.
The council’s decision also follows news that Defra has been undertaking a review into an incident at the port in September in which more than 40 animals had to be slaughtered.