STC Number - 26

Phytosanitary issues in general

Maintained by: Unspecified
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7, para. 12
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The United States noted that the mere existence of a plant disease or pest in traded agricultural goods did not necessarily constitute a risk to the importing country if, for scientific reasons, the pest or disease could not establish itself in the area into which it was being imported. Likewise, if the disease or pest was already prevalent in the importing country, import controls were unlikely to serve any significant health objective. The United States urged Members to ensure compliance with the principle of national treatment as well as other key provisions.