STC Number - 135

Restrictions on beef and pork

Maintained by: South Africa
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2002 G/SPS/R/27, paras 19-20
Dates subsequently raised: November 2002 (G/SPS/R/28, para. 176)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally; RD/SPS/28/Rev.1
Products covered: 0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.; 0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.; 0203 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; International Standards / Harmonization
Status: Resolved
Solution: The Secretariat informed that in September 2017 it had contacted all Members who had raised specific trade concerns (STCs) that had not been discussed in the previous year, to request an update on their status. In furtherance of this request, information was received from Brazil on the resolution of this STC.
Date reported as resolved: 02/11/2017

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Brazil stated that in February 2002, South Africa had suspended imports of beef and pork from Brazil, because FMD vaccination was practised there. South Africa's import ban was not based on the OIE standards nor on scientific evidence or risk assessment nor had the measure been notified. Brazil requested South Africa to lift the ban and accept the risk mitigation procedures established by the OIE. South Africa indicated that they were committed to bilateral consultations with a view to find a quick solution to the problem. In November 2002, Brazil reported that South Africa had authorized imports of meat and pork from Brazilian regions free of FMD. Some difficulties remained regarding administrative procedures for meat products, but were expected to be resolved soon.

In November 2017, the Secretariat informed that in September 2017 it had contacted all Members who had raised specific trade concerns (STCs) that had not been discussed in the previous year, to request an update on their status. In furtherance of this request, information was received from Brazil on the resolution of this STC. The Secretariat indicated that the information received had been circulated in document RD/SPS/28 of 31 October 2017, and that the SPS IMS would be updated on this basis, using the date of the November 2017 SPS Committee meeting as the date of resolution of the relevant STCs.