STC Number - 109

Phytosanitary regulations (Canary Islands)

Maintained by: European Union; Spain
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2001 G/SPS/R/25 paras. 97-98
Dates subsequently raised: March 2002 (G/SPS/R/26 para. 42)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons; 0808 Apples, pears and quinces, fresh.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Equivalence; Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Argentina expressed concerns about the difference between phytosanitary regulations in the Canary Islands and the European Communities, particularly as regarded apple and pear imports. As Argentina had demonstrated the equivalence of its measures in a communication to the EC representative in March 2001, there seemed to be no reason to prohibit exports of apples and pears to the Canary Islands. Argentina questioned why the Canary Islands had been exempted from the scope of EC Directive 2029, and asked for a probable date for the implementation of this regulation. Argentina requested the acceptance of the equivalent measures proposed in March. The European Communities stated that it would provide Argentina with a bilateral reply in due course.
In March 2002, Argentina stated that certain points had been cleared up in bilateral consultations with the European Communities and Spain and that any further progress would be reported to the Committee.