STC Number - 158

Restrictions on pork imports

Maintained by: Croatia
Raised by: Slovenia
Supported by:
First date raised: April 2003 G/SPS/R/29, paras. 203-204
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 0203 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen.; 0206 Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures; Other concerns
Status: Resolved
Solution:
Date reported as resolved: 27/06/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Slovenia reported that decrees issued in March by the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture shortened the validity dates on veterinary import permits from six to three months. The reason given for this was market disturbances due to oversupply of meat in the Croatian market. The measure was not notified to the WTO and was in breach of the WTO Agreements on SPS, Agriculture and Import Licensing Procedures.
Croatia stated that it had not adopted or implemented any measures to restrict imports of pork meat and products. As of January, Croatia was developing a computerized integrated system for veterinary control of border crossings. This required adjustments to the procedures for application and issuance of veterinary approvals. An important element of the new simplified system was that the period for issuance of approvals had been shortened from 30 or 60 days to only 15 days. Bilateral discussions between competent authorities would clarify the situation.
In June 2013, the European Union reported the resolution of STC No. 158 that had been raised by Slovenia in 2003, after Croatia had imposed restrictions on its import of pork. Since the relevant EU legislation had already been transposed into Croatia's national law, the European Union was pleased to inform that this STC was no longer of concern for either party.
Croatia reported that STC No. 158 had only lasted for several months in 2003 and ended as Croatia harmonised its law with the EU legislation at the end of 2003. Croatia also took the opportunity to recall that from 1 July 2013, Croatia would become an EU Member state. Any further communication on SPS-related matters would therefore be delivered through the European Union.