STC Number - 163

Restrictions on Austrian products

Maintained by: Mexico
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: April 2003 G/SPS/R/29, paras. 36-37
Dates subsequently raised: June 2003 (G/SPS/R/30, para. 42)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.; 0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Animal diseases; Foot and mouth disease; Pest or Disease free Regions / Regionalization
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In April 2003, the European Communities stated that France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom had officially regained their OIE FMD free status without vaccination after the 2001 outbreak. However, Mexico continued trade restrictions due to FMD, and in particular against Austrian animal products despite the fact that Austria had not had an FMD outbreak since 1981. In July 2001, the Mexican authorities agreed to submit a questionnaire to the Austrian authorities and stated that import permits could be judged on a case-by-case basis. In May 2002, the Austrian authorities answered the questionnaire in detail, but the Mexican authorities had responded with a second questionnaire requesting further details. A number of the questions did not seem relevant to the Austrian situation where FMD had not occurred for 22 years. The representative of the European Communities hoped that Austria would be recognized as FMD free by the Mexican authorities in the near future.

Mexico informed the Committee that Austria failed to meet certain requirements to be recognized as FMD free. He encouraged the Austrian authorities to complete the questionnaire. On the basis of discussions between the Mexican, Austrian and EC authorities, a work programme would be established to resolve this issue.

In June 2003, the European Communities referred to the Mexican ban on Austrian products due to FMD. Austria was recognized as FMD free and no outbreaks had been reported since 1981. Bilateral consultations had been made and both parties had agreed that accelerated dialogue was necessary. The representative of Mexico confirmed that his country had been able to identify the problems and expected that the issue would soon be resolved.