STC Number - 37

Actions taken by local governments

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: Chile
Supported by:
First date raised: October 1997 G/SPS/R/9/Rev. 1, para. 47
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures; Plant health
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Chile noted that legal actions taken by local governments could disrupt trade flows. For example, Californian judges had requested the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to undertake an environmental analysis before allowing imports. In another instance, after Chilean phytosanitary authorities had taken a decision regarding the entry of weeds, they were threatened to be subject to legal proceedings initiated by the exporting country, unless the exporting country was declared a "low-risk" or a "zero-risk" country. Another related issue concerned the need for the streamlining or reform of national regulatory frameworks. As many as five signatures were sometimes required to clear the entry of goods into a territory.