STC Number - 195

Restrictions on citrus

Maintained by: Barbados
Raised by: Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2004 G/SPS/R/35, para. 218-219
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0805 Citrus fruit, fresh or dried.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2004, the representative of Venezuela informed the Committee that in the last two years Barbados had applied restrictions to shipments of citrus from his country without having undertaken inspection procedures demonstrating the existence of any pests or diseases. Several bilateral consultations had taken place but no solution had been reached. He requested Barbados to explain why these restrictions on citrus from Venezuela continued to be applied.

The representative of Barbados stated that the actions taken by his country were consistent with their Plant Pest and Disease Import Control Act and paragraph 3 of Article 6 of the SPS Agreement. He indicated his country's willingness to discuss the issue further bilaterally and within the framework of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between CARICOM and Venezuela. He noted that at the last meeting both parties had agreed to allow SPS experts to visit and inspect each other's countries and Venezuela had offered to cover part of the costs. The CARICOM secretariat had since informed Venezuela of the nominations it had received for the visit, but no arrangements had been put in place for this visit.