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
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

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 against Austrian animal products, despite the fact that Austria had not had a FMD outbreak since 1991. Austria had applied to be recognized as FMD-free by the Mexican authorities. Mexico indicated that Austria failed to meet certain requirements to be recognized as FMD-free and encouraged the Austrian authorities to complete a second questionnaire requesting more details.
In June 2003, the European Communities reported that bilateral consultations had been held, and Mexico confirmed that it expected the issue to be resolved soon.