STC Number - 23

Plant quarantine regulations

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7, para. 26
Dates subsequently raised: July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22, para. 127)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/JPN/19, G/SPS/GEN/265
Products covered: 080810 - Apples
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: International Standards / Harmonization; Plant health; Transparency
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 1997, the United States informed the Committee of bilateral discussion with Japan regarding its plant quarantine regulations. Both Members agreed that the communication process had flowed smoothly, and that this was a good example of how the transparency provisions of the SPS Agreement could enhance the understanding between Members on points of concern. Japan maintained that its proposed regulation was based on the pest-risk analysis guidelines of the IPPC.
In July 2001, the United States reported that it had continued to hold bilateral consultations with Japan on aspects of its quarantine regulations, including measures related to apple imports (G/SPS/GEN/265). The United States considers this trade concern unresolved.