STC Number - 236

Restrictions on beef exports under the Hilton Quota

Maintained by: Argentina
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2006 G/SPS/R/40, para. 34
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/1051
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; Other concerns; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: The European Union indicated that the issue was resolved (G/SPS/GEN/1051).
Date reported as resolved: 13/10/2010

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2006, the European Communities reported that Argentina had placed restrictions on its own beef exports, reducing in particular the quantity of beef it exported under the so-called Hilton Quota. The European Communities understood that this measure was taken due to concerns about the quantities and prices of beef available on the Argentine domestic market. However, according to the European Communities, this trade disruption could lead to a weakening of the SPS controls necessary to ensure that beef exports met the SPS requirements of the European Communities. The European Communities sought assurances that its sanitary requirements could be met, particularly in terms of traceability, if export quantities were substantially reduced. Argentina indicated that it had taken note of the concern of the European Communities.