STC Number - 162

Fumigation standards

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: April 2003 G/SPS/R/29 paras. 31-32
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally.
Products covered: 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons; 1006 Rice.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Information was received from the United States on the resolution of this STC.
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In April 2003, the United States reported that a newly adopted measure by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food prohibited the re-fumigation of fruit or rice which had previously undergone fumigation in the United States. Japan had not notified this measure to the SPS Committee and requested clarification from Japan as to the objective of the measure, its scope, implementation, enforcement and projected trade effects. Due to the lack of notification of the measure, the United States requested a delay in its implementation so as to allow sufficient time for WTO Members to comment on the proposal.

Japan stated that he would transmit the US concern to his authorities and respond in due course.

Following the June 2013 meeting, the Secretariat contacted all Members who had raised STCs since 1995 but for which no resolution had been reported. In furtherance of this request, information was received from the United States on the resolution of this STC.