STC Number - 78

Notification on methyl bromide

Maintained by: Australia
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: November 2000 G/SPS/R/20, paras. 95-96
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/AUS/118, G/SPS/GEN/1051
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Resolved
Solution: The European Union indicated that the issue was resolved (G/SPS/GEN/1051).
Date reported as resolved: 13/10/2010

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The European Communities was concerned with Australia's proposed introduction of minimum standards for fumigation with methyl bromide, which required a minimum temperature of 10 degrees for fumigation. This new measure could significantly constrain EC exports. The European Communities requested additional information on Australia's risk assessment and any other relevant evidence. Australia responded that the proposed standard was the result of quarantine breaches involving ineffective fumigation treatment of various imported goods. To improve the efficacy of fumigation prior to export, Australia developed a standard reflecting best practice guidelines in the use of methyl bromide. Australia was still considering the comments it had received on its notification of this proposed measure, and implementation of the new measure would be delayed until early 2001. With regard to the minimum temperature requirement, this was based on expert advice and reflected the minimum temperature requirement established by the European Plant Protection Organization.