STC Number - 56

Notification on amendment of the Japanese Plant Protection Law

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by: Australia; Canada; Chile; European Union; New Zealand; Philippines; Uruguay
First date raised: November 1998 G/SPS/R/13, paras. 31-34
Dates subsequently raised: November 1999 (G/SPS/R/17, para. 82)
July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22, para. 127 )
Number of times subsequently raised: 2
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/100, G/SPS/N/JPN/37, G/SPS/GEN/265
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: International Standards / Harmonization; Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In November 1998, the United States noted that the draft regulation proposed the addition of 27 pests to the list of non-quarantine pests in Japan's Plant Protection Law. The United States, although encouraged by certain aspects of Japan's proposal, continued to have concerns regarding the basis and application of Japan's phytosanitary legislation. The legislative amendments did not appear to alter the current practice of requiring fumigation and other costly treatment for most non-quarantine pests, including those pests which were widespread in Japan and not subject to internal regulatory or quarantine controls. The United States urged Japan to take into consideration the IPPC definition of a quarantine pest. The European Communities asked Japan to explain the scientific rationale behind its measure, and the risk assessment it was based on. Japan replied that its definition of quarantine pests complied with the IPPC definition. The list of non-quarantine pests would be reviewed in the future with a view to expansion. Japan welcomed continued bilateral consultations on the matter.
In November 1999, the European Communities recalled its request for an explanation of the Japanese measure, to which it had not received a reply. Japan announced that the matter would be pursued bilaterally.
In July 2001, the United States indicated that it continued to pursue the matter bilaterally with Japan.