STC Number - 88

Import restrictions due to FMD

Maintained by: Canada; United States of America
Raised by: Hungary
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2001 G/SPS/R/21, paras. 90-91
Dates subsequently raised: July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22, para. 133)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/266; RD/SPS/28/Rev.1
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Information was received from the European Union on the resolution of this STC.
Date reported as resolved: 02/11/2017

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2001, Hungary expressed concern about reported US and Canadian import bans on Hungarian meat products in reaction to incidences of FMD in France. Canada and the United States clarified that they had not placed any restrictions on the importation of products from Hungary. In July 2001, Hungary reiterated its concern regarding US measures on meat and other animal products that were in force since May 2000. Hungary referred to G/SPS/GEN/266, which listed Hungary as a country free of FMD and rinderpest. The United States offered to work with the appropriate officials to explain the situation.

In July 2001, the representative of Hungary expressed concern about the US restrictions on the importation of meat and other animal products that were in force since May 2000 against a number of FMD-free Members, including Hungary. The representative of the United States explained that meat products of Hungarian origin were not subject to the restrictions discussed. His country supported the information presented by the OIE in G/SPS/GEN/266, where Hungary was listed as a country free of FMD and rinderpest. The United States would continue to work with the appropriate officials to explain the restrictions.

In November 2017, the Secretariat informed that in September 2017 it had contacted all Members who had raised specific trade concerns (STCs) that had not been discussed in the previous year, to request an update on their status. In furtherance of this request, information was received from the European Union on the resolution of this STC. The Secretariat indicated that the information received had been circulated in document RD/SPS/28 of 31 October 2017, and that the SPS IMS would be updated on this basis, using the date of the November 2017 SPS Committee meeting as the date of resolution of the relevant STCs.