STC Number - 25

Restrictions on wheat and oilseeds

Maintained by: Poland
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7, paras. 13-14
Dates subsequently raised: November 1998 ( G/SPS/R/13, para. 27)
July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22, para. 127)
Number of times subsequently raised: 2
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/265
Products covered: 12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder; 1001 Wheat and meslin.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Good Offices/Consultations/Dispute Settlement; Plant health; Territory protection
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 1997, the United States questioned the phytosanitary health basis for Poland's restrictions which applied to weed seeds that existed world-wide, some of them known to be established in Poland. Poland replied that the measure did not affect trade with the United States, as no shipment of US grain or oilseeds had been rejected because of quarantine risks. In November 1998, the Chairman reported that he and the Secretariat had been requested to facilitate bilateral consultations between the United States and Poland regarding tolerance levels for weed seed, particularly of the genus Ambrosia. These consultations had focussed on technical aspects of pest risk analysis, and both parties had agreed to continue the discussions.
In July 2001, the United States indicated that it continued to pursue the matter bilaterally with Poland.